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  • 1 August 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: P. Kralovec
  • • Attendance: 76927

South Korea - Gabon Preview: Taeguk Warriors will progress with a point

South Korea - Gabon Preview: Taeguk Warriors will progress with a point


Hong Myung-Bo's side need just a draw to qualify for the quarter-finals whilst the Panthers must win to stand any chance of reaching the knockout phase



Yoon, Y Kim, Hwang, C Kim
B Kim, Ki, Cheol, Nam
Park, Ji

Dinda, Manga, Engonga, Ndoumbou
Madinda, Tandjigora, Obiang, Boussoughou
Aubameyang, Ndong

South Korea coach Hong Myung-Bo has no injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game, and is likely to continue with a strike pairing of Arsenal's Chu-Young Park and Sunderland forward Dong-Won Ji.

Bo-Kyung Kim scored a fine goal in the Koreans' win over Switzerland and, after recently signing for Cardiff City, will be hoping for another strong performance on the flanks.

Auxerre defender Henri Ndong will sit out the final group game due to suspension after being sent off in the Panthers' 2-0 defeat to Mexico last time out.

Otherwise the African side have no problems and will name the strongest side possible as they search for an unlikely progression to the next phase.

  • South Korea have only qualified for the quarter-finals of the Olympics twice. They first reached the last eight back in 1948 when the Games were also in London and then the 2004 Athens Olympics.
  • They are managed by Hong Myung-Bo (pictured) who was the recipient of the 2002 Fifa World Cup Bronze ball. No other Asian player has ever achieved this feat.
  • The last time South Korea progressed from the group stage of the Olympics they were also in the same group as Mexico.
  • Gabon are making their first ever appearance at the Games.
  • If the Panthers become Olympic champions, they will be the third African victors in the last five tournaments following on from successes for Nigeria in 1996 and Cameroon in 2000.
  • Their coach Claude Albert Mbourounot previously coached the Gabon senior team in 2003.

Players to watch

Chu-Young Park

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Although struggling to make first team appearances with Arsenal, the striker has the ability to be a game changer. He scored in his side's victory over Switzerland and also has the experience of playing in big tournaments after representing his country in the 2010 World Cup.

P. Aubameyang

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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The Saint Etienne frontman scored in his country's opening game against Switzerland and possesses great physical strength. With Gabon needing to win the game to stay in the tournament expect Aubameyang to play a key role, with his pace and power vital.

Editor's Prediction

With Gabon needing to win the game in order to progress and South Korea still requiring a point to be sure of qualification, it should be an open contest.

However, the pressure is on the Panthers to grab victory which should allow the Taeguk Warriors to have chances on the break.

Expect a brave and determined performance from Gabon but for them to eventually fall to a defeat against a more experienced South Korean outfit.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Korea Republic U23

Gabon U23


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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Gabon Under 23 GAB
Gabon Under 23 Gabon U23

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2 - 0
Gabon Under 23 GAB
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3 - 0
Gabon Under 23 GAB
Korea Republic U23 KOR
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