Russia vs Korea Republic: World Cup 2014 match preview

A look ahead to the final match of the group stage openers at Cuiaba

The World Cup openers come to a close on Tuesday night when Russia clash with South Korea in a place that will feature unfamiliar conditions for the Russians who are used to much lower temperatures in Eastern Europe.

LIVE: Follow the latest news from Russia v South Korea

IFormer England manager Fabio Capello will be looking for a better campaign than four years ago and may feel more confident this time around after qualifying ahead of Portugal. The Russians won seven matches and lost two fixtures to Portugal and Northern Ireland on the way to Brazil.

The Italian boss will be missing the services of midfielder and team captain Roman Shirokov who will be absent from the entire competition because of an Achilles tendon injury. Rubin Kazan’s Pavel Mogilevets has taken his place and now much will be expected from former Chelsea left-winger Yuri Zhirkov. Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin is expected to start up front instead of Zenit’s Aleksandr Kerzhakov.  

South Korea would love to repeat their impressive 2002 campaign in which they reached the semi-finals on home soil,  but their four losses in their last five warm-up matches suggests they might struggle. Manager Hong Myung-Bo is not facing any injury problems and is expected to start Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng as well as former Arsenal man Park Chu-Young and Bayer Leverkusen’s Son Heung-Min up front.

 

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 11pm

 

 

PAST MEETING…

Russia 2 (Smolov, Tarasov) South Korea 1 (Kim Shin-Wook), International Friendly, November 2013

 

STATS…

Fabio Capello's last match at the World Cup was England’s heaviest defeat in the competition against Germany in South Africa.

The match will take place just one hour before Capello’s 68th birthday.

South Korea's best record in the World Cup occurred in 2002 when the country co-hosted the competition with Japan and the national team finished fourth. The squad’s captain back then was current manager Hong Myung-Bo, who also holds the record of 136 appearances.

Ever since the Soviet Union broke up, Russia have only featured in two World Cup finals in 1994 and 2002 where they could not qualify at the Round of 16. 

ODDS…

Russia to win: 2.26

South Korea to win: 3.75

Draw: 3.35

 

TV: Live on BBC One at 11pm

News
The two faces revealed by the ultraviolet light
newsScholars left shaken after shining ultraviolet light on 500-year-old Welsh manuscript
News
Rosamund Pike played Bond girld Miranda Frost, who died in Die Another Day (PA)
news
Arts and Entertainment
books
News
newsHow do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? With people like this
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat