Mexico made it two wins out of two as they beat South Korea 2-1 in their second Group F game. The result puts El Tri on the brink of the quarterfinals, and their spot in the knockout round could be assured later this afternoon depending on the result of the Germany/Sweden game. South Korea, meanwhile, is on the brink of elimination after their second straight loss.
The victory came in front of a largely pro-Mexico crowd in the Rostov Arena, and for once the ubiquitous homophobic goal-kick chant was inaudible as the fans chose instead to chant the names of players, yell “olé”, and sing “Cielito lindo”.
After a historic upset victory against Germany in their opening World Cup game, Mexico will look to keep the momentum going when they take on South Korea in Rostov this Saturday.
Both of Group F’s first-round games were decided by a single goal, with Hirving Lozano’s first-half strike lifting El Tri past the Germans while the Koreans fell 1-0 to Sweden thanks to a second-half penalty kick.
After racking up 12 warnings and fines for homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying, the Mexican Football Federation has now been fined for that same chant in the World Cup itself.
FIFA fined Mexico 10,000 Swiss Francs for “discriminatory and insulting chants” in their World Cup opener against Germany.
FIFA introduced a three-step system at the Confederations Cup aimed at discouraging such behavior, which is in force in the World Cup as well. The system gives referees the authority to stop games if discriminatory chants or behavior occurs.
None of the steps – a stadium announcement, followed by a stoppage in play, followed by suspending the game – came into play in the Germany vs Mexico match. FIFA claimed that a stadium announcement was being prepared when the chanting ceased.
Jesús Martínez, the president of Grupo Pachuca, and Miguel Márquez, the governor of Guanajuato, announced plans for León’s new stadium with the slogan #UnLugarParaCreer, or A Place to Believe.
Martínez said, “It’s time to take this step forward, the construction of this new stadium should be a symbol of growth and unity. In the same way we have raised trophies, we are going to raise this house that will make us feel unity and belonging.”
Mexico shocked the reigning World Cup champions with a 0-1 victory against Germany in the first Group F game. The result is the first time Germany has lost a World Cup opener since 1982, and is also the first time Mexico has ever beaten the Germans in this competition.
El Tri started the game off strongly, with their speed and attacking verve putting Germany on the back foot. Hirving Lozano had a chance in just the second minute when he was played in by Carlos Vela, but Jerome Boateng blocked the shot.
Group F action gets underway on Sunday, when Germany takes on Mexico in Moscow. The reigning World Cup champions cruised though qualification with a perfect 10-0-0 record, but since then the Germans have won just one of their last six friendlies. Mexico finished first in CONCACAF qualifying with a record of six wins, three draws, and one loss, and are 3-1-2 in their friendlies this year.
In terms of head-to-head results, Germany has dominated, with five wins, five draws, and just one loss, which came back in 1985. In their most recent meeting in the 2017 Confederations Cup semifinals, Germany earned a comprehensive 4-1 victory.
Promotion and relegation in Liga MX is no longer as straightforward as it used to be. Not every Ascenso MX team is eligible for promotion, while the relegated Liga MX team has the opportunity to remain in the first division.
The Ascenso MX champion will move up to Liga MX only if they meet the requirements, including economic stability and transparency, proper infrastructure, and the ability to field U-20, U-17, U-15, U-13, and Liga MX Femenil teams from their first season in Liga MX.
Should the Ascenso MX champion not be one of those certified for promotion, the Liga MX team that was relegated will have the option to stay in the first division for 120 million pesos (about $6.5 million U.S.), which will be distributed as follows:
Mexico’s World Cup roster may have had the lowest-ever percentage of domestically-based players, but Liga MX will still boast 22 Russia-bound representatives.
Eleven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX will be represented in the World Cup, where their players will suit up for seven different national teams: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, and Japan.