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Russia clash holds the key for South Korea at the World Cup

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryeong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Horang-i), Lee Bum-young (Busan I'Park)

Defenders: Yun Suk-young (QPR), Kim Young-kwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Hwang Seok-ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg), Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal), Lee Yong (Ulsan Horang-i), Kim Chang-soo (Kashiwa Reysol), Park Joo-ho (Mainz)

Midfielders: Ki Seung-yueng (Sunderland, on loan from Swansea), Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan), Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol), Park Jung-woo (Guangzhou R&F), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen), Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers), Ji Dong-won (Augsburg).

Forwards: Koo Ja-cheol (Mainz), Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu), Park Chu-young (Arsenal), Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Horang-i).

Fixtures

17 June v Russia (Cuiaba)

22 June v Algeria (Porto Alegre)

26 June v Belgium (Sao Paulo)

Strengths

The Koreans possess an energetic and hard-working team with an abundance of talent in attack. Their fast counter-attacking style could prove decisive against a team like Russia in the Brazilian heat.

Weaknesses

During qualification, defending set pieces was a problem. The goalkeepers have been inconsistent and the defence can lack organisation.

Key Player

Ki Sung-Yueng. After impressing on loan at Sunderland, he will hope to play a pivotal role this summer. He keeps the ball well and can start an attack from deep.

Prediction

A defeat against Russia in the first game could see them on an early flight home but beat the Russians and they might make it through the group.

Odds

300/1

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