Mexico falls to Korea Republic, eliminated from Olympics

Korea Republic's Heechan Hwang (white jersey) and Carlos Salcedo of Mexico challenge for the ball during their Men's Olympic Football Tournament match on August 10, 2016, in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

BRASILIA, Brazil – Defending gold medalist Mexico (1W-1D-1L, 4 points) was eliminated from the 2016 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament after falling 1-0 to Korea Republic (2-1-0, 7) on Wednesday at the Estadio Mane Garrincha.

That result dropped the Mexicans into third place in Group C, one point behind Germany, a 10-0 winner over Fiji. Only the top-two teams from each of the four groups advanced to the quarterfinals.

Midfielder Kwon Changhoon scored the lone goal in the 77th minute, when -- after beating two Mexico defenders just outside the penalty area -- he unleashed a left-footed shot into the near top corner.

Mexico played without forward Oribe Peralta and midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro, who suffered nose and right-fibula fractures, respectively, in the second group match against Fiji on August 7.

Korea Republic will next face another CONCACAF side -- Honduras -- in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.