World Cup 2018 – Korea Republic-Mexico
Two teams in a different situation are facing each other at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-na-Donu. These are the Korea Republic and Mexico. This is a clash from Group F of the World Cup in Russia. Let’s examine it in few words.
Although they had different plans, the Koreans didn’t start the World Cup in the best way possible. Shin Tae-Yong’s boys suffered a 0-1 defeat against Sweden in Nizhniy Novgorod, with the only goal in the game coming after a penalty kick in the second half. Starting with a loss in the group stage is never a good beginning, but the Korea Republic still have two games to play. And these are two chances to change what’s happening and stay in contention for reaching the 1/8-finals.
The Mexican team had totally different experience in their opening game. Juan Carlos Osorio’s players caused one of the big upsest at this year’s Word Cup, beating the current world champion Germany. Herving Lozano’s only goal in Manuel Neuer’s net was completely enough for taking the three points. Mexico showed an excellent face in this game, playing with a lot of tactical discipline, hunger and speed. If they continue to perform like this, Mexico could become a huge factor at the World Cup. They are no very close to reaching the 1/8-finals and winning against the Korea Republic could send them to the next phase of the competition.
Clearly there are some problems with the way the Korea Republic is defending during the World Cup. The Asian team has failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 of its 13 World Cup matches. This means that most probably Mexico are going to score at least one goal in this game. The question is – can the Korean team respond to this by scoring more? Germany already know how hard is to play against this Mexican side. Let’s see how the Koreans will handle them.
For Juan Carlos Osorio there ain’t a reason to change anything in his starting line-up. Usually Osorio is playing in every game with a different team, but when you have beat the world champions, you must be a madman to make a change. Of course, every game is different and every opponent is different, but it would be a big surprise if Osorio make any big changes in his line-up.
Osorio already warned his players that they shall not expect a walk in the park against Korea. The Asians will fight for their future in the competition and they will not give up without trying to win first.
This is our take on the World Cup clash between the Korea Republic and Mexico. One of these teams do not have any points after the opening round, while the other one is very close to the knockout phase of the competition. Clearly Mexico are the favourites here, especially after beating Germany. The Korean team will try to rival the Mexicans and get something from this game, but the odds are against them.