After narrow defeats to Mexico and Sweden, South Korea trainer Shin Tae-yong summed up his team’s position neatly, 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 using a match to spare, but a win on Wednesday afternoon and a success for Mexico against Sweden provides them any prospect of progress.
Although South Korea have been aggressive in the handle and eager to cover lots of ground, they’ve really struggled to develop any attacking effort. A stunning late strike from a mostly isolated Son Heung-min against Mexico has been the sum total of the offensive efforts so far, and they didn’t even manage a shot on goal within their Group F opener against Sweden.
Opta tell us that South Korea have now lost their last four matches at World Cup finals, equalling their worst sequence. Additionally, it is worth noting they have lost their past two World Cup games from Germany, a group match in 1994 along with also the semi-final in 2002.
The cause of south Korea won’t be helped by skipper Ki Sung-yeung’s loss to harm, and Park Joo-ho that was full-back is still sidelined. Shin has to find a way to get Tottenham forwards Son more support in attack – he had eight shots against Mexico, and carried the whole offensive weight on his shoulders.
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