Player Ratings: South Korea 1-2 Mexico

Goals from former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela and West Ham's Javier Hernandez were enough for the side that shocked the reigning world champions in their opening encounter of the World Cup 2018.

A rocket from Son Heung-min raised hopes of a late South Korean comeback but it was not to be. They were second best to Mexico all over the pitch for most of the game.

South Korea

Goalkeeper: Cho Hyun-Woo

Was his team's top performer despite seeing two goals hit he back of his net. Made good saves to deny Andres Guardado and Hirving Lozano. 7

Right-back: Lee Yong

Put in some good challenges, especially around his own box, but was overrun in the end. 6

Centre-back: Jang Hyun-Soo

Blamed for injuring a teammate in his side's opening game against Sweden, he gave away the penalty for Carlos Vela to score. A poor tournament so far. 3

Centre-back: Kim Young-Gwon

Did what he could to hold back his opponents, and made some big interventions inside his own half. Couldn't hold the line by himself. 7

Right-back: Kim Min-Woo

A stable performance down the right from South Korea's other full-back, Kim also found Mexico to be too much as they surged down the flanks. Taken off late in the game. 6

Midfield: Ju Se-Jong

Taken off early in the second half to make way for Lee Seung-woo. South Korea looked better with his replacement on the field as they began to play with a more positive outlook. 4

Midfield: Ki Sung-yueng

Found himself up against a tenacious opponent in Hector Herrera but was able to give South Korean some security on the ball, if not quite victory in the control over the midfield battle. 6

Right wing: Moon Seon-Min

Simply second best down his side of the pitch against Mexico's pairing of Hirving Lozano and Jesus Gallardo. Taken off in the second half after a tough shift on the right. 5

Attacking midfield: Lee Jae-Sung

Played all over the pitch in a rugged performance that saw him moved around to fight fires caused by South Korea's problematic match ups in the individual battles against Mexico. 7

Left wing: Hwang Hee-Chan

A similar outing to Lee, Hwang was one of South Korea's better performers against a very dangerous opponent. Unlike some of his countrymen he at least looked worthy of being on the pitch alongside some of the bigger names on either team. 6

Striker: Son Heung-Min

Clearly his side's best chance of scoring but the Spurs forward had too much to do and seemed determined to take on the burden himself, rather than trust in those around him. Understandable but he was still ineffective - until that cracker of a goal in injury time of course! 5

Mexico

Goalkeeper: Guillermo Ochoa

Another solid performance from the shot-stopper who denied Germany. Had less to do that in that game but still alert to dangers as they cropped up. Beaten only by a stunner from Son. 7

Right-back: Edson Alvarez

The weak spot in the Mexican back line, he was fortunate to have Miguel Layun ahaed of him working hard to help keep his side of the pitch covered and under control. 4

Centre-back: Carlos Salcedo

Started well but looked shaky at times in the second half and was sloppy on the ball. Made up for it with his commitment to throwing his body in the way of danger, although better sides are likely to take advantage of any further lapses from the defender. 5

Centre-back: Hector Moreno

Had an iffy second half, like his partner at the back, as South Korea sort to force the Mexican lock after failing to pick it throughout the opening 60 minutes, but was the more composed centre-back. 6

Left-back: Jesus Gallardo

One of the players who set the tone for the team from back to front. Helped to unleash his team's forwards and track back South Korea's goal threats down his flank. 7

Midfield: Hector Herrera

Insatiable in midfield. So much energy and aggression but also composure when in control of the ball. The engine room of this side. 8

Midfield: Andres Guardado

Set the tempo in possession alongside his more ferocious teammate and had a chance to get on the scoresheet himself, only for his shot to be palmed away. Taken off for the experienced (and more defensive) Rafael Marquez in the second half. 7

Right wing: Miguel Layun

Showed his versatility out wide on the right after popping up in a box-to-box role against Germany following a season of club football where he has played as a full-back, the Mexican was industrious in his work helping to cover the flank and chase the ball while his more attacking teammates sought to get behind the South Korean defence. 7

Attacking midfield: Carlos Vela

Freed from the man marking job he was given against Germany to put the pressure on Toni Kroos, the ex-Arsenal man was arguably Mexico's best player in this victory, and deserved his goal from the penalty spot. One of many players too lithe, quick and hard-working for South Korea to cope with. 8

Left wing: Hirving Lozano

Bright out on the left covering plenty of ground he played his part in teeing up Javier Hernandez to score, the striker who slipped him in to find the net against Germany. The case for him to win a move to one of Europe's top clubs grows by the game. 8

Striker: Javier Hernandez

An historic day for the West Ham forward who pocketed his 50th international goal for Mexico to kill the game off once and for all. 7

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