After narrow defeats to Mexico and Sweden, South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong summed up his group’s position neatly, describing them as”a drowning man clutching at a straw.” The late heroics of Germany’s Toni Kroos against Sweden spared Shin’s side the ignominy of elimination using a game to spare, but only a triumph on Wednesday afternoon and a success for Mexico against Sweden provides them any chance of progress. Although South Korea have been competitive in the handle and willing to pay lots of ground, they have really struggled to develop any attacking effort. A stunning late strike from a largely isolated Son Heung-min against Mexico has become the sum total of their offensive efforts up to now, and they did not even manage a shot on goal in their Group F opener against Sweden. Opta inform us that South Korea have now lost their past four games at World Cup finals. It’s also worth noting that they have dropped their last two World Cup games against Germany, a group match in 1994 along with the semi-final in 2002. South Korea’s cause won’t be helped by the loss of skipper Ki Sung-yeung to injury, and Park Joo-ho that was full-back is sidelined. Shin must find a means to get Tottenham forward Son more assistance in assault – he had eight shots against Mexico, and carried the entire offensive weight on his shoulders. Read more here: