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  • 4 August 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: W. Roldán
  • • Attendance: 70171

Korea Republic U23 won 5 - 4 on penalties

Team GB - South Korea Preview: Hosts bid to keep medal hopes alive by extending unbeaten run

Team GB - South Korea Preview: Hosts bid to keep medal hopes alive by extending unbeaten run

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After topping the group with two wins and a draw, the home nation go into their quarter-final fixture as slight favourites to progress over Hong Myung Bo's men



Taylor, Richards, Caulker, Bertrand

Ramsey, Allen, Giggs, Cleverley
Sturridge, Bellamy

Yoon, Y Kim, Hwang, C Kim

B Kim, Ki, Cheol, Nam
Park, Ji

After topping a potentially tricky group which included the likes of Uruguay and Senegal, Team GB head into their quarter-final tie with a fully fit squad to choose from.

With coach Stuart Pearce having rested captain Ryan Giggs from the side's last game against Uruguay, he should be set to return to the starting line-up with Scott Sinclair expected to make way.

A late check may also need to be made on Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, who is still thought to be suffering from the effects of his meningitis scare and is far from fully fit.

South Korea coach Hong Myung Bo has no injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game, but they will be looking to improve upon their disappointing 0-0 draw against Gabon in their last run out which helped them seal qualification to the knock-out rounds.

  • Daniel Sturridge [pictured right] is currently Great Britain's top goalscorer with two.
  • Coach Stuart Pearce has won two of his four matches in charge of the side.
  • The current Team GB squad has no overseas-based players within it
  • On the other hand, South Korea have 10, with three based in Japan, three in England, one in China, one in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Germany.
  • In their three games in the tournament to date, South Korea have conceded just one goal, which came against Switzerland in their 2-1 win.
  • South Korea have now qualified for the quarter-finals of the Olympics three times. They first reached the last eight back in 1948 when the Games were also in London and then the 2004 Athens Olympics.
  • The team's coach, Hong Myung-Bo, was the recipient of the 2002 Fifa World Cup Bronze ball. No other Asian player has ever achieved this feat.

Players to watch

T. Cleverley

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Clever by name, clever by nature. The Manchester United midfielder has had a huge impact on the fluid and flowing style of Team GB so far and his willingness to carry the ball forward and always offer himself for the pass has been a major bonus.

Chu-Young Park

Position: Attacker

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He may have been deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal after a hugely frustrating year-long spell at the club, but the striker appears to be a different player at international level and his busy presence up front should occupy the  attentions of both Caulker and Richards at centre-back.

Editor's Prediction

Too much may have been made of Team GB's chances of Olympic gold, but with both Spain and Uruguay out of the tournament, they have a real chance of reaching the latter stages. South Korea have been somewhat static in attack so far and Stuart Pearce's side should have enough quality to see them off.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Great Britain U23

Korea Republic U23


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Great Britain U23 GRE
Great Britain U23 Great Britain U23
Korea Republic Under 23 KOR
Korea Republic Under 23 Korea Republic U23

Top 3 Predictions

Great Britain U23 GRE
2 - 0
Korea Republic Under 23 KOR
Great Britain U23 GRE
2 - 1
Korea Republic Under 23 KOR
Great Britain U23 GRE
1 - 2
Korea Republic Under 23 KOR