CUIABA, June 17: Defender Lee Yong says South Korea are are not quaking in their boots at the prospect of taking on a physically more imposing Russia in Cuiaba on Tuesday.
The 2002 semi-finalists face Fabio Capello’s Russia, who failed to qualify for the last two World Cups, as the covers come off Group H under the Arena Pantanal floodlights.
“It’s true the Russian team are quite technical and strong,” Yong said when he spoke briefly before a closed training session at a university campus outside this provincial city on Sunday.
“Maybe the Russians are physically stronger than Asian sides like us but we are well prepared for this game, we’re focussed,” Yong, whose job it will be to stop Russian attackers like Alexander Kerzhakov and Alexander Kokorin, told the hordes of Korean press.
“We’re well prepared for the match,” he pledged.
With the in-form and talented Belgians, who face Algeria also on Tuesday, favourites to emerge as Group H winners the outcome of the Cuiaba clash could prove crucial.