Shin Tae-yong: 'South Korea could struggle against Mexico due to weather'

Actor James Wood highlighted the threat on Twitter

Actor James Wood highlighted the threat on Twitter

Meanwhile, while the South Koreans are not mathematically out of it - at least until the game between Germany and Sweden later on Saturday - it will take a minor miracle if they are to have any chances of keeping their World Cup dream alive. Ki suffered a left calf injury during the match against Mexico and will not be available for South Korea's duel against Germany.

Mexico is now 2-0 in the tournament and in strong position to advance to the elimination round, while South Korea is 0-2 and has nearly no chance of advancing.

Mexico upset defending champion Germany, 1-0, in its tournament opener Sunday.

Nonetheless, it was an at times reckless defensive strategy which saw Mexico awarded a number of free kicks and a penalty when Jang Hyun-soo's arm struck the ball in the box. But the squad have stuck together and built a competitive outfit for the World Cup. Nevertheless, we've still got two games to play and we should prepare well with a positive attitude.

"Our players, I think, played a game that they will not regret", Shin added.

South Korean forward Son Heung-min scored a scintillating consolation goal in injury time but it was too little too late for the East Asian nation, which now can not qualify for the first knockout stage of the tournament.

Javier Hernandez celebrates with Hirving Lozano after putting Mexico 2-0 up against South Korea.

"We did explain the strong points and weak points of the Mexican team".

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The next tiebreaker is fair play - i.e. the amount of yellow and red cards accumulated by a team throughout the group stage. Kane netted a hat-trick, as the Three Lions hammered Panama 6-1 on Sunday afternoon, to book their place in the final 16.

Mexico has reached the knockout round each of the last six World Cups, then lost in the round of 16 each time.

No matter the final result, though, one thing is clear.

Mexico crushed the World Cup 2014 victor Germany, while South Korea lost to Sweden in their first matches in Group F, APA reports.

The celebrations among the Mexican players after the game felt nearly subdued, nothing like the joyful catharsis after the team's victory over Germany.

- Only four members of the South Korea squad are based with European clubs.

"They were probably thinking back to the history of [matches between] Germany and Mexico, Germany probably thought they would be able to win easily and Mexico probably prepared thoroughly".

A large group of Mexican fans arrived at the team hotel Friday, singing and chanting outside, in the hope of greeting their heroes.

Mexico is the betting favorite, and it would be extremely hard to argue for anything else after El Tri's tremendous performance against Germany, but teams with their backs against the wall can be risky.

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