Mexico defeated France 2-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwaneto in Group B on Thursday evening to take a huge step towards the second round. El Tri put in a polished performance against the Europeans as they comprehensively garnered maximum points from this fixture.
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre was pleased with the scoreline and didn't hide his delight at having won all three points against France.
"It was a very balanced game, which was going to be won by the team who scored first. It was a very difficult victory, very tough for us," the former Atletico Madrid coach was quoted as saying by France Football after the match.
"The French pressed early in the match and the first period was very difficult for us. It was easier in the second half. It's been three months we’ve been together; the team is well established, and with the offensive potential that we have, we always try to upset the opponent. Now we have 90 minutes against Uruguay, to reach our first objective, to qualify [for the last 16]."
Manchester United-bound striker Javier Hernandez scored the opening goal for Mexico after coming off the bench.
After the game, the 22-year-old said, "I am especially pleased with this victory - more than for my goal and Man of the Match award. We wanted to give joy to our country tonight.
"But this victory is a first step; we still have a long way to go. For now, we do not think of the match against Uruguay, we want to enjoy this moment."
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