Korea Republic look to upset Mexico

Korea Republic look to upset Mexico
Sebastian Larsson of Sweden (R) and Ki Sung-yueng of South Korea in action the FIFA World Cup 2018 group F preliminary round soccer match between Sweden and South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 18 June 2018.

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 22, 2018. 12:00

Korea Republic will meet Mexico in search of their first Group F win of the 2018 FIFA World Cup win on Saturday afternoon.

The Koreans failed to bag the full three points in their opener against Sweden as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.

Poor defence and errors costed the stubborn side in the game as Sweden skipper Grandvist netted from the spot on Monday.

Heading to this clash, they know they are up against a tough opponent in Mexico and must do everything right to claim a win.

On the log table, the Asians sit at the bottom of the table with zero points from a single loss and another defeat will end their knockout stage qualification hopes.

For the Mexicans, they joint top in the group with the Swedes and a win will seal their passage to the next stage.

Also known as the Tri Color, Mexico will hop to do better than reaching a quarter-final stage which they achieved in 1986 as hosts.

Following their 1-0 win over the defending champions Germany, they must not undermine the resilience of the Asians.

Mexico have defeated the Koreans twice and drew the other match whilst suffering three defeats out of six meetings.

The match will be stage at 17:00 (CAT) on Saturday and the Rostov Arena will be the venue.

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