After its stunning upset of Germany in the opening game, Mexico is looking to maintain its momentum in Group F Stay here for live updates and analysis from Russia.
After its stunning upset of Germany in the opening game, Mexico is looking to maintain its momentum in Group F as it takes on South Korea. A win for Mexico would put it in a commanding position in the group, while South Korea will try to rebound after a dismal performance against Sweden to climb back into the standings.
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• Mexico’s lineup: Under Manager Juan Carlos Osorio, Mexico has used 49 different lineups in 49 different games. After such an impressive performance against Germany, how much will Osorio be willing to tinker with his starting XI?
• Coming off its thrilling opener ( it caused an earthquake, after all), one of Mexico’s biggest threats may be complacency. Osorio addressed it in a pregame news conference on Friday: “We talked about how to not fall into the comfort zone and rest on our laurels,” he told reporters at a news conference. “This week we’ve talked about the topic, we’ve looked at two or three situations and emphasized what we did right against Germany.
• Did Mexico get enough sleep? It had to sent its captain, Rafa Marquez, out to address raucous fans in front of its hotel Friday night to thank them but also make a small request: Please, let the players rest.
• South Korea needs Son Heung-min to come up with a much better performance than he could muster against Sweden. In a side that appeared to lack ideas, he has the potential to be a difference-maker on offense.
• Half hour before gametime, make this bullet a starting lineup for Team B
• The Mexican federation and some of its players, including Chicharito, took to social media to ask fans to stop using a homophobic chant in the stadium. FIFA fined the federation for the fans’ chant in its opening game against Germany.
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