Korea Gears Up for Make-or-Break World Cup Match

Coming off a demoralizing defeat at the hands of Algeria on Monday at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Korean national football team is getting ready for the final match in Group H against Belgium on Thursday or Friday morning here.

Korea still has a sliver-thin chance of advancing to the next stage if it beats group leader Belgium by a big margin.

Belgium has secured a place in the round of 16 with six points from two wins, with a plus-2 goal difference. Algeria, Korea, and Russia all have varying degrees of chances to qualify. Algeria is the frontrunner with three points and a plus-1 goal difference, while Korea and Russia both have one point, but Russia is better placed with a minus-1 goal difference to Korea's minus-2.

The best scenario is Korea beating Belgium and Russia beating Algeria.

Korean players train at their base camp in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil on Tuesday. Korean players train at their base camp in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil on Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see who will be chosen by Manager Hong Myung-bo. Hong used the same starting squad for the two previous matches, clearly a painful mistake.

Algeria's manager Vahid Halilhodžić made five changes against Korea from the country's first match against Belgium, and that decision paid off.

But it is unlikely that Hong will make any dramatic change because there is not enough time. It remains to be seen whether Park Chu-young, who landed just one shot in two previous matches, will be starting yet again. Lee Keun-ho and Kim Shin-wook are touted as the most likely forwards to replace him.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 25, 2014 12:41 KST