World Cup football picks for South Korea – Mexico
Mexico created the big surprise in the first round of the group stage of the World Cup 2018 after defeating world champion Germany 1-0. In their second league match, the “El Tri” faced South Korea, which lost 0-1 from Sweden. The duel is on June 23, Saturday, at Rostov Arena in Rostov-na-Donu.
Even before the start of the battle in this group, it was expected that the Mexico team will have a great chance to qualify at the 1/8-finals. Juan Carlos Osorio’s graduates demonstrated their full potential in the first round when they beat Germany 1-0. In this way, the team becomes the favorite for the first place in the group “F” as it is unlikely that it will not move forward. Victory against the Republic of Korea on Saturday will mean that “El Tri” is on a 1/8-final. No one was making big surprises for South Korea to skip the group stage. Their defeat from Sweden was largely expected, and most likely the Asian side will finish the last place in this group unless it surprises Mexico or Germany in their remaining two World Cup matches 2018.
A key role for the success of Mexico against Germany a few days ago was Porto midfielder Hector Herrera. He made an incredible duel that perfectly controlled the ball in the center of the pitch and started the dangerous counter-attacks of Mexico. In defensive terms, Herrera won many balls, allowing Mexico to create dangerous attacks. In addition, Porto’s footballer defeats one of the world’s best midfielders – Toni Kroose. Kroose pressing was also a very important factor for Mexico’s victory. Herrera and Miguel Layun did not leave any real freedom to Real Madrid’s midfielder, who did his best.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was also at a very good level and should be commended for his appearances against Germany. Ochoa made a very good impression on the 2014 World Cup and now confirms good judgment. In the first half, Guillermo Ochoa intervened brilliantly in a Kroose strike from a direct free kick, and if the result was then leveled, it was not known whether El Tri would have defeated the Bundestag. Of course, praise and coach Juan Carlos Osorio for the success of the first Mexican match. The specialist had an action plan and very well instructed his alumni how to act against Germany. In the upcoming match against the Republic of Korea, however, Juan Carlos Osorio will have to make some tactical changes after Mexico has a leading role in the match and will have to take the lead.
South Korea suffered a third defeat in its last four games after losing to Sweden in Nizhniy Novgorod at the start of World Cup 2018. Shin Tae-Yong’s graduates failed to seriously threaten Robin Olsen’s door and logically lost. Korean watchman Cho Hyun-Woo made a pretty strong match, and now there’s certainly more work to be done against the Mexicans. The star of the team, Son Heung-Min, was extremely disappointed with his performance in the opening match against Sweden. Tottenham striker will have to change something in his game in the remaining two matches because it has linked the great hopes of the whole nation to win at least a South Korean point of this World Cup in Russia.
I think in the upcoming match the favorite Mexico will record a second success at the World Cup. Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela are very dangerous at the top, and the defense of the Republic of Korea will fail. Even the more courageous players can experience success with a handicap for Mexico in this game. Also a good option for me in this game is over 2.5 goals because “El Tri” plays offensive football, and South Korea has nothing to lose and will also play offensive.
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