Watch: South Korea vs Mexico head-to-head stats ahead of Group F contest

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South Korea and Mexico will face each other in the group stage of World Cup 2018 on Saturday.

Having defeated defending champions Germany in their opener, Mexico will be looking to book their ticket for the knockout stage of the tournament.

South Korea, on the other hand, come into the game after a tough 1-0 loss at the hands of Sweden.

Before the Group F contest, we take a closer look at the all-important stats.

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Marcus Rashford and Jordan Henderson are main men as England take on Panama at the World Cup

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England tackle their second World Cup 2018 match on Sunday when they take on Panama at the Nizhny Novogorod Stadium.

The Group G clash may see a change or two in personnel but a few star performers from the first round of fixtures will be expected to deliver again as well.

Here’s a look at some of the main protagonists ahead of the encounter.

DANGEROUS ATTACKERS

Marcus Rashford v Blas Perez

Raheem Sterling may be dropped in favour of Marcus Rashford according to reports from the England camp. The Manchester United forward has had some impressive displays on the international stage of late and following the team’s wastefulness in front of goal, Gareth Southgate is naturally tempted to give him an opportunity.

Rashford’s pace and eye for goal means he’s always a threat but his link-up play may prove valuable against a Panama side inclined to sit deep and defend.

Meanwhile, Blas Perez led the line for Panama against Belgium and should resume his role up front but it is his aggression towards the opposition’s players and ability to bring those around him into play that makes him more dangerous than his ability in front of goal.

The striker is known for his bruising displays and was even sent off in a recent friendly against Denmark. He didn’t register a single shot in his 72-minute spell last time out but did win six headers and held the ball up well before releasing his team-mates.

Marcus Rashford

Opportunity beckons for Marcus Rashford.

MIDFIELD ANCHORMEN

Jordan Henderson v Gabriel Gomez

The Liverpool skipper got the nod ahead of Eric Dier for the holding midfield role against Tunisia and given his performance, the Tottenham man may face find a starting berth hard to come by over the course of the tournament.

England enjoyed plenty of possession but to Henderson’s credit, he didn’t play it safe and simply recycle possession. He actively seeked to undo Tunisia’s defence with several forward passes and sprayed the ball around admirably.

In fact, he played seven long balls in the match – usually diagonally to one of the flanks in his attempts to stretch play – and was accurate with six of them. A similar display will be required against Panama.

On the other hand, Gabriel Gomez’s role as anchorman in Panamas midfield could not be more different. When he did receive the ball, his primary objective was to keep possession and he did that well as his 97.8 per cent pass accuracy against Belgium would suggest.

However, when the opportunity presented itself, he was keen to go long towards Perez who was then expected to hold it up. He managed that flawlessly as well, making all of his six attempted long balls.

Otherwise, the bulk of his contributions were made in a defensive aspect with his three interceptions standing out. Given England’s runners from midfield, Gomez will have to be on his guard.

Gabriel Gomez (r) kept a close eye on Belgium's attackers.

Gabriel Gomez (r) kept a close eye on Belgium’s attackers.

STARS IN DEFENCE

Kevin Trippier v Roman Torres

Kevin Trippier was one of England’s best players in their opener. Playing more like a winger, his delivery from the right flank was exceptional.

The Spurs wing-back may be called upon to produce more of the same against a Panama side that will be expected to congest the central areas. With space to exploit against Tunisia, he wasn’t afraid to take a man on as well, registering three dribbles in the process.

At the other end, if Panama manage to keep England at bay, a large part of that will be down to Roman Torres. The experienced centre-back is a no-nonsense defender. He made three interceptions and a remarkable eight clearance to frustrate Belgium for much of the game last time out.

He’s strong in the air and is a real threat from set-pieces in the opposition’s penalty area.

Kieran Trippier's delivery will be key.

Kieran Trippier’s delivery will be key.

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Brazil underwhelm as Philippe Coutinho rescues Canarinho with late goal in 2-0 win over Costa Rica

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The struggles of the elite nations at the World Cup continued as Brazil laboured in their 2-0 victory against Costa Rica.

Philippe Coutinho was the hero for the South Americans, scoring the crucial opener and simultaneously breaking Los Ticos hearts beyond 90 minutes.

Neymar added even later gloss when he tapped in with virtually the last kick of the game to put Brazil on the brink of the knockouts and send Costa Rica home.

In a nondescript first half of little creation or chances, Costa Rica grew into the game and defended fairly comfortably.

Brazil coach Tite turned to his bench in the second half for inspiration as Douglas Costa was introduced for the woeful Willian.

It didn’t appear as if it was going to work until a ball into the box fell kindly for Barcelona man Coutinho who poked past the excellent Keylor Navas in the 91st minute. Salt was rubbed into the wounds of the Central Americans even later when Neymar converted Douglas Costa’s cross.

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