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(World Cup) S. Korea work on defensive setups in 2nd training in Russia

All Headlines 18:15 June 14, 2018

By Joo Kyung-don

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, June 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea held their second training session in Russia on Thursday to prepare for their 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match against Sweden next week, with a focus on shoring up their defense.

South Korea's 23-man squad had their training at Spartak Stadium in Lomonosov, a suburb of Saint Petersburg, for the second straight day. Shin Tae-yong's team arrived at their World Cup base camp in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

South Korea opened their first training in Russia to the public and conducted basic exercises in front of some 250 fans.

Only the first 15 minutes of their training was open to the press gathered at the stadium, which is surrounded by fence with protective screens. For the first 15 minutes, the national team players only did basic exercise such as jogging and stretching.

A Korea Football Association (KFA) official said Thursday's training will last about an hour, and the team is expected to practice their defensive setups and other tactical moves.

Coach Shin has yet to unveil details of his game plan against Sweden, including set pieces. He had said his side has prepared training programs for the best 11 that also aim to upgrade their defensive power.

South Korea are in World Cup Group F with Sweden, Mexico and Germany. The Taeguk Warriors will open their Group F campaign with Sweden at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.

South Korea national football team players train at Spartak Stadium in Lomonosov, a suburb of Saint Petersburg, on June 14, 2018. (Yonhap)


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