Key Battles That Will Shape Russia's Clash with South Korea

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Key Battles That Will Shape Russia's Clash with South Korea
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Having qualified for Brazil 2014 on goal difference a year ago, South Korea will finally get their tournament underway against Russia on Tuesday.

Hong Myung-bo’s side secured their place at the finals by the slimmest of margins, with a solitary goal separating them from Uzbekistan in AFC Group A.

With a respectable record at football’s top table in recent years, the Taegeuk Warriors made the semi-finals of the competition in 2002 and reached the knockout stages for the first time on foreign soil in 2010.

So as they prepare to do battle once more, Bleacher Report takes a look at some of the key battles that could have a bearing on their Group H clash with Fabio Capello’s men.

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