Spurs duo Son and Sanchez seek much-needed weekend wins at World Cup
PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 June 2018
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Heung-min Son and Davinson Sanchez will hope to inspire South Korea and Colombia respectively to success in their second group games
Spurs pair Heung-min Son and Davinson Sanchez will look to keep alive their hopes of making the knock-out stage of the World Cup this weekend.
The duo were both involved in opening game defeats for their respective countries and it puts pressure on their second matches at the tournament.
In Group F on Saturday, Son will look to inspire South Korea to success over Mexico and help them remain in the competition.
After losing 1-0 to Sweden in their first game earlier this week, a victory is required to give them a fighting chance of qualifying for the last-16.
It will not be easy for South Korea, however, with Mexico on a high after shocking the current champions Germany 1-0 in their opening match.
On Sunday, it will be Sanchez’s turn to try and make amends after a shaky performance in Colombia’s 2-1 loss to Japan on Tuesday.
It was the Tottenham Hotspur defenders mistake which contributed towards namesake Carlos Sanchez giving away a penalty and receiving a red card after only three minutes of their Group H opener.
Unfortunately for Sanchez it was the beginning of a game to forget for the 22-year-old, who struggled throughout the contest.
He will look to put in an improved display on Sunday when Colombia take on Poland at 7pm in a crucial fixture for both teams.
After losing their openers, the two nations know a victory is imperative if they want to get through to the knock-out phase.
Colombia will hope to not have any more disruptions like in their first game with coach Jose Pekerman telling FIFA’s official website: “Normally you prepare to play 11 against 11.
“It’s not easy to lose such a crucial player (Carlos Sanchez) in the first three minutes. We managed to survive in the first half. We even got to a draw, even with one player less.
“Despite that, in the second half, Japan managed to adapt to the situation. They managed to score, and played better by taking advantage of the opportunities that emerged. Japan had that extra man in defence.”
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