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first_imgJavier Hernandez wants to stay grounded and said that he hopes the Mexicans stay calm and humble ahead of all their important clash versus Sweden on Wednesday.Coming into the World Cup in Russia, they were criticised and were under the scanner but the players have responded brilliantly and have won their first two matches.In their opening Group F fixture, they stunned world champions Germany 1-0 and in the second match they defeated South Korea 2-1 to go on top of their group and relax a bit.And, Chicharito is happy about how they have gone about with their game in this year’s tournament so far but he stressed on the fact that remaining grounded will be the key.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We came to Russia with a lot of criticism but we’re working hard and have a lot of talent. We have humility but we beat Germany and South Korea and now we have to play against Sweden and stay cool and calm,” goalscorer Hernandez said.”We cannot afford to get caught up in all this, we have to continue our job and stay humble, of course we should enjoy this but tomorrow we start working again.”A giant step towards qualifying for the knock-outs! #KORMEX #MEX #MEX #MEX World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018Mexico’s win has put more pressure on defending champions Germany who will take on Sweden in a must-win match later on Saturday. Mexico will clinch their place in the next round if Germany fail to beat Sweden.advertisementThe hapless Koreans, who have no points after two games and have only won one of their last 11 World Cup fixtures, will be eliminated if Sweden draw or win against Germany.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEVela put Mexico ahead in the 26th minute by converting a penalty which they got thanks to Jang’s handball inside the South Korean box.It was the 14th penalty which was successfully converted in this year’s World Cup. The 2014 edition saw a total of 13 penalties being converted.Hernandez then doubled the lead in the second half as he found the back of the net in the 66th minute. It was Chicharito’s 50th goal in international football making him the first Mexican to achieve the feat.South Korea fought hard after being 2-0 down and managed to pull one back through Son Heungmin in the third minute of extra time but it was too late for the Koreans by then.This is the first time Mexico have managed to win back-to-back matches at the World Cup since winning their first two matches at the 2002 edition.last_img