Mexico march into last 16

Mexico march into last 16

Mexican footballer Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez came off the bench to help Mexico reach the last 16 of the World Cup as their watertight defense and swift counter attacks gave them a 3-1 win against Croatia on Monday to emerge from Group A as runners-up behind Brazil. 

Mexico, who will face Group B winners Netherlands in Fortaleza on Sunday, had looked happy to hold out for the draw that would have seen them into the knockout stages before the Manchester United forward came on to turn the match on its head.

Within 10 minutes of Hernandez entering the fray, Rafael Marquez put Mexico ahead with a powerful header, before Andres Guardado rounded off a swift counter attack and Hernandez himself finished with a close-range header.

It was the striker’s first international goal since last year’s Confederations Cup.

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