Russia vs Korea Republic – The new face of Russian team

World Cup 2014
Group H
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 23:00 GMT (19:00 Local time)
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá

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It is a little strange that Russia is the favorite in this game, although the team of this country has not participated in the previous two World Championships, while the team of South Korea has been permanent participant of this competition, and even played in the semi-finals in 2002. However, Russia has a good team this time that has ambitions to qualify for the knockout phase, so it is necessary to achieve a victory in their first match in the group.

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Although football in Russia experienced a development, as well as the Russian players play in stronger European leagues, the team of this great state has not had significant success on the international stage so far. However, engagement of Fabio Capello should bring more success to Russia, because he is an experienced coach who has had a lot of success in his career. His influence was felt in the World Cup qualifiers, where Russia has achieved four wins, two draws and one defeat. Their main feature strong defense away from their goal, so their games are not so effective. However, they have demonstrated efficacy against weaker opponents, but teams at the World Cup does not fall into that category. Capello did not invite internationals, relying on players from the national championship, which can be an advantage because the players know each other better.

Probable line-up of Russia (4-2-3-1): Akinfeev – Schennikov, Ignashevich, V. Berezutski, Kombarov – Denisov, Glushakov – Samedov, Dzagoev, Zhirkov – Kokorin

South Korea was ranked worse than Iran in World Cup qualifying, but for one goal, and they precisely lost against that team, 0-1 at home. However, they have had a better goal difference compared to Uzbekistan, so thus they have secured direct qualification at the World Cup. This placement did not satisfied the leaders of the Football Association of the Korea Republic, so they rhave eplaced the coach with former player Hong Myung Bo, who has arrived in Brazil as head coach, with a desire to repeat the success from 2002, when he was a player of the national team and played in the semi-finals of the World Championship. Weaker results in friendly matches, when they lost against Tunisia, Mexico and the United States without a single goal scored, have contributed to estimates that this national team is the weakest in the Group H. This is the youngest team in the championship, with three internationals from Europe – Son from Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz from Koo and Yong Ki who plays for Sunderland.

Probable line-up of Korea Republic (4-2-3-1): Jung – Yong Lee, Hong, Kim, Yoon – Ki, Han – C. Yong Lee, Koo, Son – Park

Russia vs Korea Republic Match Prediction

Korea Republic players will try to achieve a good result using their speed compared to slower defensive players of Russia, Korea Republic. However, their defense has showed a lot of weaknesses in the previous period, and experienced coach of Russia Capello will know how to use, especially taking in mind shorter opposing defenders. I believe, Russia will win.

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