South Korea vs Mexico Preview

South Korea vs Mexico

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium – Rostov Arena

Date: 23rd June 2018

Kick-off time – 16:00 GMT

16 years ago South Korea co-hosted the World and shockingly reached the semifinals, with some help along the way.

However, since that time they have struggled at major tournaments and come into this game without a win in seven World Cup games, five of which have been losses.

They lost their first game to Sweden and it wasn’t just an unfortunate loss as the 1-0 score line may suggest.

They had just two shots on target, and Son Heung-Min who has been starring for Spurs in the Premier League was largely anonymous throughout that match.

They now face an early exit and it will be interesting to see how they fair here.

Mexico were the direct opposite of Korea in their last game.

The North Americans faced World champions Germany in their opening game, yet they were fearless and took the game to the Germans from the opening whistle.

They were so dangerous when they broke and made the Germans surprisingly vulnerable.

With ten minutes to go before half time, Hirving Lozano as he has done throughout the Mexican’s qualifying campaign scored a fine goal thanks to a great assist from Javier Hernandez.

South Korea failed to get a single shot on target against Sweden while Mexico have kept a clean sheet in six of their last eight games and it is hard to see the Asians getting a goal here.

Bookmakers make Mexico odds-on favourites to win this game and progress to the knockout stages.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

South Korea

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Sweden 1-0 South Korea 18 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
L Senegal 2-0 South Korea 11 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D South Korea 0-0 Bolivia 7 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
L South Korea 1-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
W South Korea 2-0 Honduras 28 May, 2018 International Friendly

Mexico

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Germany 0-1 Mexico 17 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
L Denmark 2-0 Mexico 9 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
W Mexico 1-0 Scotland 3 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Mexico 0-0 Wales 29 May, 2018 International Friendly
L Mexico 0-1 Croatia 28 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
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No previous meetings between these two sides.

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