Mexico coach's reactions are priceless

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Mexico's fans celebrate holding a mask of Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera after the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. Mexico won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa celebrates with head coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Mexico's Andres Guardado scored his side's second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Mexico defeated Croatia, 3-1, in a group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Mexico's Andres Guardado scored Mecico's side's second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Mexico's Andres Guardado scored his side's second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Mexico's Andres Guardado scored his side's second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Mexico's Andres Guardado scored his side's second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera reacts during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera gestures as he gives instructions to his players during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Head coach Miguel Herrera of Mexico reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Head coach Miguel Herrera of Mexico gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Head coach Miguel Herrera of Mexico gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Head coach Miguel Herrera of Mexico reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico celebrates with head coach Miguel Herrera during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Head coach Miguel Herrera of Mexico reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Head coach Miguel Herrera of Mexico reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after his team won a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014. Mexico won 3-1. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Head coach Miguel Herrera of Mexico celebrates after his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera (2nd L) celebrates after his team won a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014. Mexico won 3-1. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera (front L) and team-mates (behind) celebrate after they won a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014. Mexico won 3-1. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera (2nd L) and Mexico's defender Paul Aguilar (L) celebrate after their team won a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014. Mexico won 3-1. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera (R) and Mexico's defender Paul Aguilar celebrate after their team won a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014. Mexico won 3-1. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera (R) and Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa celebrate after their team won a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014. Mexico won 3-1. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico's coach Miguel Herrera gestures during a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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By Dan Mennella

Mexico is enjoying a fine World Cup so far, having advanced beyond the opening round with a convincing win over Croatia on Monday. But their charismatic manager, Miguel Herrera, may be having the finest World Cup of all.

Herrera, known for his animated sideline demeanor and portly stature, set the Internet ablaze Monday with a series of championship-caliber expressions during Mexico's 3-1 victory, a performance that has been conveniently immortalized in a series of captivating photographs (see above). Especially notable was his absurdly over-the-top embrace with goalie Ochoa.

Herrera's histrionics are a sight to behold, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give credit where it's due. That Mexico is even in the World Cup -- let alone playing well -- is a minor miracle considering the disarray the program was in only a year ago. Herrera, hired in October, has helped to turn around the team, and his engaging, outsized persona has made him a hit with fans.
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