Great Britain vs. South Korea: What British Must Do To Advance to Semifinals
Great Britain is one of the favorites for the gold medal in the 2012 Summer Games after a Olympics hiatus of 52 years.
The host country will battle South Korea in the quarterfinals on Saturday, gunning for a chance to advance to the semifinals and possibly beyond.
A gold medal in football would be huge for the country, with Brazil figuring to be its prime competition.
But Great Britain must take care of business first on Saturday. Here is what the British must do to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 London Olympics.
It's pretty clear by now that South Korea isn't a high-scoring team.
The South Koreans have somehow advanced to the quarterfinals by scoring just two goals in three matches.
In that sense, Great Britain can afford to be more aggressive on offense and trust its defense against a counter attack.
Great Britain has scored five goals in the 2012 London Olympics, getting off the third-most shots on goal (20) among all countries, per London2012.com.
Daniel Sturridge leads the side with two goals, including the game-winning goal against Uruguay on Wednesday.
Great Britain has averaged only 8.7 fouls thus far in the Olympics, the best mark among all competitors.
On the other side of things, it has been fouled an average of 12 times.
Great Britain also has a respectable three yellow cards in the 2012 Summer Games, which ranks among the top of the competition.
The host country has been very good about staying focused and not picking up cheap fouls. If the British can do that against South Korea, they should have no trouble coming away with the victory.
Don't Take South Korea for Granted
Will Great Britain advance to the semifinals?
While South Korea has only scored two goals thus far, the offense has been able to get off 44 shots (Great Britain has gotten off 30).
If the British relax on defense, the South Koreans may have enough opportunities to eventually convert a few chances.
Also, don't forget that South Korea may have scored only two goals thus far, but the country has also given up just one goal. The defense has been solid.
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