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International Friendly Preview: Mexico v South Korea

27 January 2014 23:26

South Korea continue preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a friendly against a Mexico side keen for stability under Miguel Herrera.

Hong Myung-Bo's men qualified for their eighth consecutive World Cup finals in June last year and started 2014 in fine fashion with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Los Angeles last Saturday.

The 2002 World Cup semi-finalists will look to build on that success with a victory over Mexico, who endured a tumultuous qualifying campaign.

Mexico needed an intercontinental play-off to qualify for the finals in Brazil, beating New Zealand 9-3 over two legs in November after narrowly avoiding elimination in the final stage of CONCACAF qualification.

Indeed, Mexico were beaten 2-1 by Costa Rica in the final round of group stage games, but two late goals from the United States in their 3-2 win over fifth-placed Panama booked Mexico's place in the play-off with.

The defeat to Costa Rica signalled the end of Víctor Manuel Vucetich's two-game reign as Herrera became the fourth coach within the span of a month.

Herrera will hope that he can turn around Mexico's fortunes heading into the World Cup and that striker Oribe Peralta - scorer of five goals across the two games against New Zealand - will be able to inspire them to a third straight win under his stewardship.

Meanwhile, South Korea's squad is bereft of talent such as Bayer Leverkusen's Son Heung-Min and Augsburg's Ji Dong-Won, although striker Lee Keun-Ho, who has 18 goals from his 59 caps, is included.

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Competition
Friendlies
Date
30 January 2014
Kick-off
03:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas)
Attendance
54313

Goals

O. Peralta 37'
(assist by M. Ponce) 
1 - 0
A. Pulido 45'+1  
2 - 0
A. Pulido 86'
(assist by I. Brizuela) 
3 - 0
A. Pulido 89'  
4 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

Monday 4 May

20:14
20:03
19:36
19:28
19:14
18:40
18:34
18:15
17:34
16:01
15:58
14:53
14:23
13:52
13:35
13:24
11:40
11:16
11:01
10:44
10:36
09:42
08:30
05:26
05:24
04:00
03:57
03:08
02:31
01:41
00:25
00:18

Sunday 3 May

23:57
23:34
23:27
22:56
22:42
22:27
21:11
20:29
20:20
19:57
19:38
19:18
19:10
18:52
18:49
18:18
17:54
17:16
16:54
16:53
16:26
16:23
16:02
15:37
14:16
14:15
14:09
12:34
12:02
11:26
07:30
07:05
07:01
05:02
04:57
04:56
04:01
03:56
03:54
02:42
01:50
01:10
00:46
00:12

Saturday 2 May

23:57
23:50
23:49
23:21
23:11
23:09
23:04
22:59
22:44
22:31
22:06
22:00
21:56
21:52
21:39
21:17
21:12
20:43
20:27
20:25
20:23
20:13
20:09
20:08
19:59
19:56
19:54
19:52
19:41
19:33
19:23
19:13
18:59
18:56
18:42
18:33
18:11
18:07
18:04
18:01
17:57
17:56
17:51
17:31
15:44
15:40
14:39
12:03
11:58
11:39
11:01
07:34
06:07
05:11
03:07
03:05
00:37
00:25
00:09

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