After narrow defeats to Mexico and Sweden, South Korea trainer Shin Tae-yong summed up his group’s situation , describing them as”a drowning man clutching at a straw.” The late heroics of Germany’s Toni Kroos against Sweden spared Shin’s side the ignominy of elimination with a game to spare, but only a triumph on Wednesday afternoon and a victory for Mexico against Sweden gives them any chance of advancement.
Although South Korea are aggressive in the handle and eager to cover plenty of ground, they have really struggled to develop any attacking effort. A stunning late strike from a mostly isolated Son Heung-min against Mexico has become the sum total of their offensive efforts so far, and they didn’t even manage a shot on target within their Group F opener against Sweden.
Opta inform us that South Korea have now lost their last four matches at World Cup finals. Additionally, it is worth noting they have dropped their past two World Cup games from Germany, a set game in 1994 and the semi-final in 2002.
The cause of south Korea won’t be helped by the loss of skipper Ki Sung-yeung to harm, and Park Joo-ho that was full-back is still sidelined. Shin must find a means to get Tottenham forward Son more support in assault – he had eight shots against Mexico, and carried the entire offensive burden on his shoulders.
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