We’re recording an episode of our award-winning podcast at the end of each day’s final match during this World Cup. Last night, Max Rushden and I were joined in the studio by Paolo Bandini and Philippe Auclair, while Aanu Adeoye called in from Lagos to discuss Nigeria’s win over Iceland and Tom Marshall – a Mexico-based El Tri expert from Rochdale –previewed this match. You can listen here and if you’re not already a subscriber, download Football Weekly (aka World Cup Football Daily) in all the usual places.
South Korea v Mexico is GO!!!
1 min: Play is under way in Rostov, where South Korea’s players wear red shirts, black shorts and red socks. Mexico’s wear white shirts, burgundy shorts and white socks.
3 min: Javier Hernandez is pulled to the ground by Ju Se-Jong in midfield and Mexico win a free-kick.
4 min: Lee Yong goes through the back of Hirving Luzano and Mexico win another free-kick, wide on the left. The ball’s swung into the South Korea penalty area and promptly headed clear.
5 min: Carlos Vela trips Jang Hyun-soo just outside the South Koreapenalty area after being dispossessed by the defender. A scrappy enough start to this game, with lots of niggle.
6 min: Miguel Lyun wins a corner for Mexico after a jinking run down the right flank.
7 min: Referee Milorad Mazic lectures several different players from both sides in the penalty area, laying down the law about grappling before Mexico take their corner. When the ball is eventually sent into the penalty area, South Korea clear.
9 min: South Korea break up the pitch from the corner and midfielder Miguel Layun is called upon to intercept a pass to Hwang Hee-chan, with his team-mates stranded further up the pitch.
10 min: Mexico corner. Layun sends the ball deep, where Ki Sung-yeung clears. The South Korean is currently a free agent after leaving Swansea City following their relegation from the Premier League.
11 min: Ki gets a ticking off from the ref for a foul on Carlos Vela. It’s only a matter of time before Milorad Mazi reaches for his yellow card – South Korea seem to have some sort of foul rotation system in operation here.
13 min: Brilliant work down the right from Hwang, who sends in a fine cross to the back post for Moon. He shapes to smash a volley past Guillermo Ochoa, but Hirving Lozano gets back to block and takes the full force of Moon’s volley – boot and all – in his midriff. That’s got to have hurt and he rolls around in agony on the deck for a while, but is soon fit to continue. Heroic defending.
17 min: Mexico win a corner. The ball’s sent into the penalty area and Salcedo gets his head to it. It’s a fairly feeble effort and South Korean goalkeeper Cho gathers comfortably.
18 min: Mexico attack down the right flank with Herrera and Hernandez combining. They make their way to the edge of the South Korean penalty area, where it’s cleared. Kim tries to control the ball just inside Mexico’s half and wins a free-kick when Salcedo clatters him from behind.
20 min: Ki is penalised for the third time, on this occasion for a tackle from behind on Hernandez. He gets a ticking off from the ref, but avoids a booking.
21 min: A long ball towards Son on the edge of the Mexico penalty area. He gets between the two central defenders, who had attempted to step up and play him offside, and appears to control the ball with his hand, but gets away with it. He shapes to curl the ball past Ochoa in the Mexican goal but Salcedo gets back to block. Song has another go, which is also blocked and then a third attempt, which is deflected out for a corner.
ENALTY FOR MEXICO!!!
24 min: With Mexico on the break, Jang goes to ground to intercept a cross. The delivery hits his outstretched arm and the referee blows his whistle and points to the spot. That’s harsh
GOAL! SOUTH KOREA 0-1 MEXICO (Vela 26pen)
Mexico lead! After a long run up, Carlos Vela sends Cho the wrong way and slots the ball in past the right upright.
27 min: Mexico lead and can consider themselves a mite fortunate. I thought the decision to award that penalty was incredibly harsh. Yang slid in to block a Guardado cross from the left side of the penalty area. Guardado attempted to send the ball into the box and en route, it hit the defender’s outstretched arm. It was very much ball to hand, rather than the other way around and the guy had to have his arm somewhere.