Giovani Dos Santos scored twice against Gabon in the second group match at the City of Coventry Stadium to give Mexico all three points.
Mexico leads group B with four points.
Mexico attempted an attack first, with Hector Herrera launching a left-footed shot that flew just past the post in the fourth minute.
El Tri came close to scoring in the sixth minute. Marco Fabian attempted a shot that was blocked by Ovono. Miguel Ponce attempted a follow-up but his went outside of field.
Gabon had an opportunity in the 16th minute with a shot that was just sent to a corner by Nestor Vidrio.
In the second half, Gabon moved back and waited to take advantage of a counterattack.
Giovani Dos Santos scored in the 62nd minute during a counterattack. Oribe Peralta held the ball before Dos Santos sent it to the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Gabon came close to scoring in the 70th minute. A shot raced toward the corner of the goal, but Jesus Cornona responded in time to block the shot.
Gabon attempted more shots and pressed Mexico on the field.
It looked like Mexico was about to double their lead in the 79th minute with a diving header from Javier Cortes. His attempt flew over the crossbar.
Mexico received a penalty in the 90th minute for a foul on Peralta by Ndong. The Gabon player was sent off with two yellow cards.
Dos Santos stepped up to take the shot and doubled Mexico’s lead in the 92nd minute.
Jorge Enriquez almost added a third for Mexico with a half-turn shot in the box, but his attempt passed just by the left post.
Mexico leads their group with four points, the same as South Korea, and superior goal differential.
The Mexican team will face Switzerland on Wednesday, August 1st for their last group game.
South Korea defeated Switzerland 2-1 on Sunday.
Mexico: Corona; Chávez, Mier, Reyes, Vidrio, Salcido; Herrera (Enríquez 48’), Ponce (Dos Santos 46’), Aquino; Fabián (Cortés 75’), Peralta.
Gabon: Ovono, Dinda (Nzambe 84’), Engonga, Ndoumbou (Nono 70’), Aubameyang, Madinda, Meye, Tandjigora, Boussoughou, Ndong, Obiang (Mbingui 83’).