Korea Moves into Damage Control Mode Before Russia Game

The Korean national football team is hoping to quickly get back on its feet after a demoralizing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Ghana in Miami, Florida on Tuesday.

The players trained at St. Thomas University in the U.S. city on Wednesday to work on their mistakes and restore morale after their final friendly before the World Cup rapidly went south. They said they will move on from the disappointment and focus on the upcoming tournament in Brazil, which kicks off on Thursday.

Manager Hong Myung-bo emphasized restoring their lost confidence. He told reporters after Wednesday's training session, "It's important that these young players quickly recover from the disappointing defeat. Personally, I'm satisfied with what we have learned during our training camp in Miami. The players are now about 90 percent in form."

The national football team pose with Korean residents welcoming them to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil on Wednesday. The national football team pose with Korean residents welcoming them to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil on Wednesday.

Korea's first group-stage match is against Russia next Tuesday. The team arrived in Brazil on Wednesday, and will train at Pedro Basso Stadium in Foz do Iguacu, their base camp. They will have just several days to adjust from Miami's hot and dry conditions to the Brazilian climate, which shifts from cool mornings to sweltering daytime highs.

The team will move to Cuiaba on Sunday, where the match against Russia will take place, to focus on strengthening their defensive line among other drills.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 12, 2014 10:21 KST