Reported Tottenham target Hwang Hee-chan divides opinion in South Korea defeat

South Korea's forward Hwang Hee-chan plays the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Mexico at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 23,...

South Korea's World Cup hopes are all but over after losing to Mexico.

South Korea's forward Hwang Hee-chan plays the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Mexico at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 23,...

South Korea need a miracle to advance from the group stage of the World Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Mexico in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday afternoon.

After a 1-0 defeat to Sweden earlier this week, South Korea needed a win to really kickstart their World Cup campaign, but they struggled again in their latest defeat.

Jang Hyun-soo was penalised for handballing Andres Guardado's first half cross, and former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela stepped up to score, putting Mexico 1-0 up.

Mexico's defender Carlos Salcedo (L) jumps against South Korea's forward Hwang Hee-chan (R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Mexico at the...

Mexico made it 2-0 in the second half as star winger Hirving Lozano broke forward at pace before finding Javier Hernandez, who slipped the ball beyond Cho Hyun-woo with a calm finish.

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Son Heung-min did score a superb long-range strike late on, but that was as good as it got for South Korea, who will be out of the competition if Sweden secure a point against Mexico in their final group game.

There wasn't much to shout about for South Korea, though the tournament will be great experience for young forward Hwang Hee-chan, who has been touted as one of the next stars of South Korean football.

Hwang Hee-chan of Korea Republic look dejected following during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Mexico at Rostov Arena on June 23, 2018 in Rostov-on-...

The Red Bull Salzburg forward, 22, has hit 29 goals domestically in the last two seasons, and the London Evening Standard recently reported that he is a target for Tottenham having struck up a strong friendship with Spurs star Son.

Fans on Twitter were a little torn by the youngster's display, with some feeling that he was overdoing things and had the end product of Middlesbrough's erratic winger Adama Traore, though others were impressed with his pace and skill, even talking up the partnership between him and Son – something which could be on show in the Premier League soon.

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