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'Mexico have proved critics wrong' - Goal hero Chicharito celebrates win

3:37 AM GMT+8 24/06/2018
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After netting his 50th international goal in the 2-1 World Cup win over South Korea, the West Ham striker says El Tri are defying their doubters

Javier Hernandez claims Mexico are proving their critics wrong so far in the World Cup, but insists there is no risk of complacency setting in.

Mexico moved a step closer to progression from Group F with a 2-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday, with Hernandez netting a landmark 50th international goal midway through the second half, adding to Carlos Vela's earlier penalty.

Son Heung-min netted a stunning consolation in stoppage time, but Mexico held firm to ensure their raucous support in Rostov had something to celebrate.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side are now on the verge of securing a place in the last 16 and Hernandez says Mexico, who were hammered by world champions Germany in the 2017 Confederations Cup, have been spurred on by the criticism they took heading into the tournament.

"I think you and your news outlets know this very well, we've come to Russia with a lot of criticism but we're doing everything we can," Hernandez told a press conference.

"All the criticism is just noise and we don't want to lose focus. We've beaten Germany and South Korea, two brilliant opponents.

"Now we have to think about Sweden. We just want to forget all the criticism, the dark comments. We don't want to pay attention to the praise too. We want the Mexican people to enjoy but we have to focus."

Hernandez was afforded few chances by South Korea's defence, but the former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward proved his quality in the 66th minute, tucking home following great play from the excellent Hirving Lozano.

And the 30-year-old was jubilant at having reached a half-century of goals for his country.

"There are no words to describe how I feel. This is more than just a dream," he added.

"You can dream but you also have to envisage things as well. I'm on the right track, I'm keen to win more victories for my country, this is what makes me tick. 

"It's a personal achievement but I put it at the disposal of the team. We believe in our incredible technical staff and I dedicate all my achievements to them. 

"We have to secure those three points against Sweden, get the top place in the group and get to the round of 16. Then we will start to try and climb that ladder."