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

After narrow defeats to Mexico and Sweden, South Korea trainer Shin Tae-yong summed up his team’s situation 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 game to spare, but only a win on Wednesday afternoon and a success for Mexico against Sweden provides them any prospect of advancement.
Although South Korea are 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 become the sum total of the offensive efforts up to now, and they didn’t even manage a shot on goal in their Group F opener from Sweden.
Opta tell us that South Korea have lost their past four games at World Cup finals. Additionally, it is worth noting that they have lost their past two World Cup games against Germany, a set game in 1994 and the semi-final in 2002.
South Korea’s cause will not be helped by skipper Ki Sung-yeung’s loss to injury, and Park Joo-ho is sidelined. Shin must find a way to get Tottenham forward Son more support in attack – he had eight shots against Mexico, and taken the whole offensive weight on his shoulders.

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