Although Team Korea was desperate, victory was not theirs.
Korea Republic National Football Team lead by head coach SHIN Taeyong lost at the 2nd round of group stage match with Mexico of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which was held at Rostov Arena, Russia on the 24th. Although SON Heungmin scored a goal at the extra time for the second half, Team Korea lost to Mexico after losing two points. Korea Republic has played fiercely with their yearning for victory after their defeat to Sweden at the first round, but lost in two consecutive games, leaving the last match with Germany.
Team Korea kicked off with 4-4-2 formation against Mexico instead of the 4-3-3 formation, which was used at the match with Sweden. SON Heungmin(Tottenham Hotspur) and LEE Jaesung(Jeonbuk Hyundai) played at the front, followed up by HWANG Heechan(FC Red Bull Salzburg) and MOON Seonmin(Incheon UTD) at both sides and KI Sungyueng(Swansea City) and JU Sejong(Asan Mugunghwa) in the middle. KIM Minwoo(Sangju Sangmu), KIM Younggwon(Guangzhou Evergrande), JANG Hyunsoo(Tokyo FC) and LEE Yong(Jeonbuk Hyundai) were placed at the defense line with CHO Hyunwoo(Daegu FC) keeping the goal post.
Korea Republic managed to defend Mexico at the beginning of the match but lost a point by penalty kick again. At 24’ of the first half JANG Hyunsoo conceded a handling penalty within the penalty box and Carlos Vela scored a goal at 26’. Despite the constant shootings from SON Heungmin, the first half ended by the score of 0-1......
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