South Korea v Germany: Champions to make the most of second chance

After narrow defeats to Mexico and Sweden, South Korea coach 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 match to spare, but only a win on Wednesday afternoon and a victory for Mexico against Sweden provides them any prospect of advancement.
Although South Korea are competitive in the tackle and eager to cover plenty of ground, they’ve really struggled to develop any attacking effort. A magnificent late strike from a largely isolated Son Heung-min against Mexico has been the sum total of the offensive efforts up to now, and they did not even manage a shot on target within their Group F opener from Sweden.
Opta inform us that South Korea have now lost their last four games at World Cup finals, equalling their worst sequence. Additionally, it is worth noting they have dropped their last two World Cup games from Germany, a set game in 1994 and 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 full-back Park Joo-ho is sidelined. Shin has to find a way to get Tottenham forward Son more assistance in attack – he had eight shots against Mexico, and taken the whole offensive weight on his shoulders.

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