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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

Friday 6 March

17:07
17:03
16:28
16:14
16:13
15:55
15:48
15:33
15:28
15:26
15:10
14:50
14:33
14:05
13:10
13:04
12:59
12:53
12:27
12:04
11:40
11:05
10:36
10:03
09:36
09:30
08:21
05:55
04:49
04:03
02:52
02:23
01:52
01:51
01:39
01:11
00:51
00:39

Thursday 5 March

23:18
22:37
22:00
21:42
21:10
18:47
18:41
18:18
18:13
18:06
17:55
17:40
17:19
17:06
16:32
16:31
16:26
16:14
16:13
16:08
15:18
14:36
14:06
14:00
13:52
13:41
13:31
12:57
12:52
12:46
12:44
12:41
12:32
12:32
12:23
12:20
11:29
11:24
10:57
09:54
09:47
09:33
09:18
08:37
06:58
05:26
04:48
03:57
03:50
03:35
02:45
02:19
01:25
00:50
00:49
00:40
00:40
00:40
00:40
00:33
00:32
00:28
00:27
00:25
00:21
00:18
00:16
00:15
00:14
00:14
00:07
00:06
00:05
00:01

Wednesday 4 March

23:55
23:54
23:52
23:29
23:01
23:01
22:57
22:55
22:55
22:48
22:46
22:45
22:43
22:30
22:24
22:19
22:15
21:51
21:22
21:16
21:03
20:47
20:38
20:13
19:29
19:09
17:59
17:49
17:23
17:19
17:16
14:57
14:48
13:54
13:24
12:40
11:41
09:42
09:13
07:40
05:44
05:03
05:01
04:14
04:08
03:43
03:27
03:25
02:44
02:01
01:39
01:22
01:20
01:15
00:37
00:24
00:19
00:14
00:00

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