Argentina and Korea DPR will be looking to book their respective berths in the last 16 when they square off this Friday in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, where most of the Group E games have been held. However, both sides will be keeping one eye on events in Montreal, where group rivals Czech Republic and Panama will be meeting with the same goal in mind at exactly the same time.
The South Americans go into the game as group leaders after their emphatic 6-0 win over Panama in their last game. With four points to their name and no goals against, Hugo Tocalli's side know their destiny lies in their own hands. For their part, the Asian champions have posted two successive draws. The late equaliser that earned them a point against the Czechs last time out will have left them in good spirits. Without doubt, it would be a remarkable achievement for Tong Sop Jo's charges if they were to progress from the group stages of the tournament in their debut appearance.
Neither side have any players suspended for the match, although Argentina will have to do without midfielder Damian Escudero, who has been ruled out with a muscle injury. Argentina's Claudio Yacob and Matias Sanchez, and Korea DPR's Song Chop Pak, Kwang Ik Jon, Yong Il Yun and Chol Ming Jong will need to tread carefully, with all just one yellow card away from missing their next game should they go through.
This will be the first meeting of the two teams in a FIFA competition, and neither side will want to cede points in Friday's encounter. The Albicelestes are aiming to make it to the knockout phase of this tournament for the sixth successive time, while their Asian counterparts are hoping to maintain their country's proud record of having always survived the group stages in FIFA men's competitions.
"The Koreans play very well and have shown themselves to be attack-minded. We need to find a balance between the solidity we demonstrated in our opening game and the ruthless finishing we showed in our second. We're expecting a good result that will take us into the Round of 16, which was our first objective when we came here." Hugo Tocalli, Argentina coach.
"What's interesting about this game is that Argentina are the better side, and that means we're facing a new and difficult challenge. However, I believe that if we adjust our tactics slightly, we could spring a surprise and win this match." Tong Sop Jo, Korea DPR coach.