The hosts approach the match with their confidence soaring. Team GB opened with a draw against Senegal, but then beat UAE and Uruguay to win their group, ultimately becoming the only European nation to make the quarter-finals. Ryan Giggs and Co have undoubtedly benefited from the passionate support of the home crowds, with every game played in a raucously partisan atmosphere in front of packed stands.
Korea Republic are also unbeaten going into the quarter-finals, but the Asians seem to lack firepower up front with just two goals in three games so far, both of them in a 2-1 victory over Switzerland. Hong Myungbo's men played out goalless draws with Mexico and Gabon, although a total of five points was enough for a place in the last eight.
4 - Great Britain have won all four previous meetings with Asian nations at the Olympic Football Tournament. The 1936 Games produced a 2-0 victory over China PR, followed by a 9-0 thrashing of Thailand in 1956 and a narrow 3-2 win against Chinese Taipei in 1960. Team GB also beat the United Arab Emirates 3-1 earlier in the current tournament.
“The players know now that if we win our quarter-final we have two shots at a medal, one to go for a gold or silver and, if we lose that, the play-off for a bronze. I am delighted to be out of the group, looking back you can see how tough it was. The fitness of the players is improving, their understanding of one another is improving. We have only ever planned and prepared to win the tournament,“ Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce.
“We have accomplished our first goal of qualifying for the quarter-finals. We are not worried by the lack of goals. As long as we win games, it doesn’t matter if we score one goal or five. We have never played at Cardiff before, so it is going to be a new challenge for us. The guys are looking forward to playing in the city and we are going to try and enjoy it,” Korea Republic midfielder Koo Jacheol.