South Korea face Ghana on Monday lunchtime in a gathering between the 2 outsiders of Group H.
Whereas Uruguay and Portugal acquired prime billing forward of the match, South Korea and Ghana confirmed they’re hardly helpless onlookers within the scramble for knockout soccer.
Paulo Bento’s Taeguk Warriors held Uruguay to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday afternoon, limiting the fancied South People to only one shot on track. Ghana, later that day, got here inside one misplaced step of snatching a degree in opposition to Portugal. However Inaki Williams misplaced his footing with the purpose at his mercy within the ultimate seconds of a 3-2 defeat.
This is the whole lot it’s essential to know concerning the upcoming assembly between this duo.
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South Korea vs Ghana H2H Outcomes (All Time)
Present Type (Final 5 Video games)
South Korea staff information
The chief health concern for Bento coming into South Korea’s tenth consecutive World Cup revolved round Son Heung-min and his battered face.
To the reduction of 51 million, the nation’s skipper performed the total 90 minutes whereas sporting a protecting masks with out a lot fuss – if something, he struggled extra with a captain’s armband which stored slipping right down to his wrist.
Centre-back Kim Min-jae broken his calf within the second half of South Korea’s stalemate. The Napoli defender completed the match and revealed: “It’s the primary time I’ve injured a muscle, however I don’t assume it’s severe.”
South Korea Beginning 11 (4-2-3-1): Kim S G; Kim M, Kim M J, Kim Y G, Kim J S; Hwang I B, Jung; Na, Lee J S, Son H M; Hwang U J.
Bench: Music, Cho H W, Yoon, Paik, Cho G, Hwang H C, Son J H, Hong, Lee Ok, Kwon Ok W, Kwan C H, Kim T H, Cho Y.
Ghana staff information
There are lots of new faces in Ghana’s squad. 11 of the gamers Otto Addo known as up got here into the match with lower than 5 caps to their title. The one part-time supervisor on the World Cup opted for a extra skilled beginning XI for his or her opener however is predicted to have a totally match squad at his disposal if he has the urge to tinker.
Ghana Beginning 11 (5-3-2): Ati-Zigi; Seidu, Amartey, Djiku, Salisu, Rahman; Partey, Kudus, Samed; A Ayew, Williams.
Bench: Ibrahim, Nurudeen, Lamptey, Odoi, Owusu, Issahaku, Kyereh, J Ayew, Bukari, Barnieh, Mensah, Aidoo, Sulemana, Semenyo, Sowah.
Taking part in in opposition to higher-ranked nations of their opening fixtures, each South Korea and Ghana sought to first comprise relatively than create.
Nonetheless, now that they enter a contest every would certainly have billed as their most winnable fixture of the group stage, the pair might deploy a extra expansive strategy. Addo admitted as a lot forward of the match: “If we lose [the first game], we must be extra attacking within the second match.”
South Korea have the extra cohesive setup and arguably a better calibre of participant in comparison with the lowest-ranked nation within the competitors, however Ghana may trigger them issues with a front-foot strategy.
Prediction: South Korea 2-1 Ghana