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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

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