High flying Mexico will be aiming to ensure a place in the knock out stages of the World Cup when they clash against Asian giants South Korea on Saturday.
Match Details: South Korea vs Mexico
Date: 23rd June
Time: 20.30 IST
Venue: Rostov Arena, Rostov
South Korea do have injury concerns as Park Joo Hoo picked up an injury in the last match and his availability against Mexico is in doubt. Ki Sung Yeong is expected to start while Spurs player Heung Min Son will be leading their line.
Mexico don’t have any injury concerns and they most probably will go with an unchanged side. Javier Hernandez, who is on 49 goals for his country is expected to be the solo frontman with Vela and Hirving Lozano playing in the flanks. Veteran Rafael Marquez is set to start in the bench as Guillermo Ochoa will be under the goal.
The Asian country started their World Cup campaign with a loss against Sweden, as they failed to take any shot on target in the match. Mexico on the other hand got a massive victory against Germany and they have advantage to finish at the top of the group. With the Central American side set to reach beyond the last 16 this time, they will have to get a positive result against Korea on Saturday.
Mexico last faced Korea in 2014, when they won convincingly 4-0, and they edge Korea 5-4 in overall wins in these two teams meetings. With a chance to emerge as group winners, Juan Carlos Osorio’s men will have to be clinical and stamp their authorities against the Asian side.
Probable Line Up:
Cho; Lee Yong, Chan, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Min-woo; Lee Jae-sung, Ki, Koo; Hwang, Kim Shin-wook, Son
Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Herrera, Guardado, Layun, Vela, Lozano;Hernandez
World Cup Meet:
These two countries met last time in 1998 World Cup, as Mexico emerged 3-1 victorious on that day. Ha Seok Ju gave Korea the lead but Palaez and a brace from Luis Hernandez gave Mexico the win.
The match will be broadcast live on SONY TEN 2 and 3 from 20.30 IST on Saturday for Indian viewers.