Place: Russia. Rostov-on-Don. Rostov Arena.
Date: on the 23rd of June, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 16:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, group F, 2nd round.
South Korea (the head coach Shin Tae-Yong)
This fact may sound, at first sight, paradoxically, but according to their contents group stages of the World Cup are similar to the rounds of the playoffs of the Champions League and Europa League. If in the first match the bright leaders and favorites as freelancers, are dreaming to show the best, victorious football, then in two next matches the situation changes radically. In the second and especially in the last match of the group stages the national teams are playing strictly according to the results of the previous meetings.
Here there are some options depending on tournament regulations and last matches. Some teams in subsequent matches will be glad even with the goalless draw and only the victory with the large score is necessary for others.
However what can we say about the teams which by the level of games obviously don’t correspond to the World Cup level? Exactly 20 years ago, during FIFA World Cup1998 in France, Jamaica became an example of such level, a common noun of hopeless underdogs. Now, according to the results of the first round of the FIFA World Cup in Russia there are three such exotic teams. These are the national teams of Saudi Arabia, Panama and South Korea.
Mexico (the head coach Juan Carlos Osorio)
The last match of the first round Sweden – South Korea (1:0) has vividly demonstrated that even in the presence of the winger from Tottenham, London Son Heung-min, the team of Shin Tae-Yong has absolutely nothing to do in frames of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. If instead of rather average by the level of the game Tre Kronor much stronger and inventive rival has been playing, here we, by analogy with the result of the match Russia – Saudi Arabia (5:0), would receive new Jamaica. And Sweden was pleased with only one direct shot of Andreas Granqvist (1:0) and three winning points.
So, what’s now? In the forthcoming match on Rostov Arena the best and the worst teams of group F according to the results of the first round will meet. We will remind you that in the starting match Mexico has sensationally won over defending World champions – Germany (1:0). And the left wingback of Mexico Jesus Gallardo has been considered to be the best player of this match (mark 8.5).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match South Korea vs Mexico
Except Jesus Gallardo, the goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, the left winger Hirving Lozano and the holding midfielder Hector Herrera have perfectly played in the starting match with Bundesteam. But the famous forwards of Aztecs Carlos Vela, and especially, Chicharito didn’t demonstrate their best results and now, during the meeting with the underdog, they will try to justify the opinion of experts about the favorite of the forthcoming fight for 101%: South Korea – 7.50, Mexico – 1.55.
In case of the victory the bright favorite of the match in Rostov with 6 gathered points will become the sole leader of group F. And then, according to the results of the subsequent, such predictable victory of Bundesteam over Sweden, in the last match with Tre Kronor Juan Carlos Osorio’s team will be glad even with the goalless draw. In this situation Mexico will become the champions of the quartet. And now possible victory of Aztecs doesn’t raise any doubts.