SOUTH KOREA VS MEXICO PREVIEW & PREDICTION
With the aim of achieving a victory that will allow them to qualify for the second round of the 2018 World Cup, on Saturday, the Mexican national team jumps to Rostov Arena, Rostov-na-Donu, to face a needy South Korea. game that corresponds to Group F of the World Cup Russia 2018.
Very poor performance shown by those led by Shin Tae-Yong in his debut against Sweden, and is that the Asian team did not disturb at all to Sweden and rather it was strange to see how they were complicated in defense due to how poor was also the European team in attack, to the point that the game was decided by a VAR decision that ended with a penalty in favor of Sweden converted to goal by Andreas Granqvist.
The truth is that the defeat to Sweden was the third consecutive defeat for South Korea in a World Cup and its eighth game without knowing of triumphs in that competition, so this Saturday they have to go out and break that streak at any cost. arrive with chances to the last date of the group to fight their classification to the Round of 16 and thus improve their numbers in World Cups, and remember that South Korea has only been able to qualify to that instance in two opportunities of its nine World Cup participations.
Meanwhile, if there is a selection that caused a furore in his presentation at the 2018 World Cup Russia that was the selection directed by Juan Carlos Osario, and is that Mexico showed an excellent level in their game against Germany who beat by the minimum difference thanks to goal of Hirving Lozano and in this way the Aztec team knows that a victory against the Asians would allow him to qualify for the seventh consecutive time to an instance of the Round of 16 in a World Cup.
The triumph against the Europeans allowed the Aztecs to put aside the claims of fans after the party that broke the concentration days before the World Cup Russia 2018 and now everything is harmony, to the point that now they believe that their selection is a firm candidate to reach the final.
In terms of direct confrontations, these teams have met six times, with one of them in the World Cup and with each adding two wins.
Just the first time these teams met was in the 1998 World Cup France and was triumph for Mexico 3-1, the next year came a friendly that ended with a draw at one goal, then both teams were part of the Confederations Cup in 2001 and the win went to the Asians 2-1, the following year they played in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup ending in a goalless draw but in the penalty shootout it was Korea who took the series, After that came two friendlies, first in 2006 with Korea’s 0-1 triumph, while the last game was in 2014 with a 4-0 Mexican triumph.
South Korea: Hyun-Woo Cho; Kim Min-Woo, Kim Young-Gwon, Jang Hyun-Soo, Lee Yong; Koo Ja-Cheol, Sung-Yong Ki, Lee Jae-Sung, Heung-Min Son, Hwang Hee-Chan; Kim Shin-Wook
Mexico: Ochoa; Gallardo, Ayala, Moreno, Salcedo; Guardado, Herrera, Layun, Vela, Lozano; Javier Hernandez.
PREDICTION: Mexico to win @ 1.68