2018 FIFA World Cup: South Korea v Mexico factbox
22 June, 2018, 9:00 am
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) – South Korea play Mexico in a World Cup Group F match on Saturday.
Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
When: Saturday, June 23, 1800 local (1500 GMT/1100 ET)
Referee: To be announced
– Mexico have reached the last 16 at each of the last six World Cup tournaments.
– Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has fielded 49 different line-ups in his 49 matches as coach.
– South Korea have qualified for every World Cup since 1986, making it now nine in a row, with their best performance reaching the semi-final when they were co-hosts with Japan of the 2002 tournament.
– Mexico midfielder Rafael Marquez is taking part in his fifth World Cup.
– Only four members of the South Korea squad are based with European clubs. Twelve play their club football locally and another five play in Japan, with one in China and one free agent.
Previous meetings: Twelve. Mexico have won six, South Korea four, with two draws.
Their most recent meeting was a friendly in January 2014 which Mexico won 4-0. Their only meeting at a World Cup was in 1998 when the Central Americans won 3-1.