Hopes were dashed late last night that South Korea might avoid a "group of death" scenario at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.
"We know the Mexicans from the Confederations Cup, the Swedes are a European team who we know as well, so only South Korea will be a slightly unknown quantity".
In this file photo taken on November 13, 2017, South Korea national football team captain Ki Sung-yueng (C) trains with teammates at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan.
"The truth is that we can compete and play them toe-to-toe hopefully". If Mexico truly wants to join the elite nations, it must play better against Germany at World Cup 2018. "I think our first match (against Sweden) will be the most critical for us to reach the round of 16".More news: Georgia Leads Auburn by 3: SEC Championship First Half Analysis
Advancing to the round of 16 is not expected to be easy for the Taekgeuk warriors, led by coach Shin Tae-yong, considering the group's makeup.
The last thing Mexico wanted was a tournament opener against Germany, which will take place June 17 in Moscow.
Several MLS players were drawn into the proverbial "Group of Death" at the 2018 World Cup on Friday. "But the ball is round. This will be an exciting World Cup".
Koo Ja-cheol, midfielder for German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg, said the players should stick as one unit and work together to collect good results.