Two consecutive defeats have left the host nation staring at an
early exit. To salvage the situation they must beat Togo and pray
for goal difference to take them through as one of the four best
third-placed sides. Things are nowhere near as desperate for the
Africans. A win will definitely see them home and even a draw may
be enough if results go their way elsewhere.
Korea Republic - Togo, Jeju, Friday 24 August, 20:00 (local time)
Korea Republic dominated most of their second match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 only to succumb to a lethal combination of fatigue and rapid Costa Rican counterattacks. That 2-0 defeat has them firmly against the ropes. Will Togo, fresh from a tight goalless draw against Peru, land the knockout blow in Jeju on Friday?
Hearteningly for the overly obliging hosts, central defender Han Yong Su will be back in action after his red card against Peru, ensuring that both sides are at full strength for this decisive Group A clash.
The only ever meeting between the two nations came at Germany 2006 when the Koreans prevailed 2-1. They have never met before at U-17 level.
"We have dominated the two games we've played so far but we've missed a lot of chances. I'm hopeful we can find our rhythm this time as we are playing at eight o'clock. Our other games were at five in the afternoon, so it shouldn't be as hot." Paul Sauter, Togo coach.
"Togo are very strong physically, technically and tactically, so they're definitely going to be tough to beat. We know we simply have to win this game somehow and we're determined to do it and qualify." Kyon Hoon Park, Korea Republic coach.