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No rest for South Korea as they resume buildup for World Cup 2018 campaign


After making it to the tournament proper of 2018 World Cup in Russia, there’s no rest in sight for South Korea as far as their preparation is concerned.

The resume their buildup for the grandest stage in football when they face lowly Morocco in an exhibition match at Tissot Arena in Bern, Switzerland on Tuesday.

Manager Shin Tae-yong’s men are attempting to make a big rebound after they lost their last exhibition game against Russia 4-2.

In that game at the VEB Arena in Moscow, the hosts raced to a 3-0 lead but the Koreans bravely fought on to score two late goals that sealed the final result.

This will be the first time South Korea are meeting the Moroccans, who will be the underdogs at the Tissot Arena in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

Tottenham Hotspur Son Heung-Min is expected to be at the forefront of the Koreans’ attack once more should he be available for this friendly.

But other players like defender Kwon Kyung-won and midfielder Ji Dong-won could also step up for Shin’s side.

The South Koreans made it to their ninth successive World Cup after a scoreless draw against Uzbekistan in their last qualifying match recently.

They finished at second place in Group A of the Asian qualifiers on the strength of 15 points from four wins, three draws and three losses.

That result had the Koreans thanking Iran and Syria after both fought to a 2-2 draw in a separate encounter.

The successive World Cup appearance of the Sokors is the longest streak in Asia.

It is also the sixth longest overall after Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina and Spain.

South Korea have seen action in every World Cup since 1986.

They became the first and currently only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan.

In Russia next year, coach Shin’s men are hoping for the best despite the tough competition.