After narrow defeats to Mexico and Sweden, South Korea trainer Shin Tae-yong summed up his team’s situation 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 win on Wednesday afternoon and a victory for Mexico against Sweden provides them any chance of progress. Although South Korea are aggressive in the tackle and eager to cover plenty of ground, they’ve really struggled to develop any attacking momentum. A stunning late strike from a largely isolated Son Heung-min against Mexico has been the sum total of their offensive efforts so far, and they did not even manage a shot on target within their Group F opener from Sweden. Opta inform us that South Korea have lost their last four matches at World Cup finals. Additionally, it is worth noting they have dropped their past two World Cup games from Germany, a group game in 1994 and also the semi-final in 2002. South Korea’s cause won’t be helped by skipper Ki Sung-yeung’s loss to harm, and Park Joo-ho that was full-back is sidelined. Shin has to find a means to get Tottenham forwards Son more support in assault – he had eight shots against Mexico, and carried the whole offensive burden on his shoulders. Read more here: