Spain continued the good run of results with a hard-fought victory over Serbia, but they could now face a much tougher task against South Korea in Switzerland.
La Furia Roja, deprived of Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and Chelsea players, experienced some problems against very organized Serbia side, but managed to put the tie beyond doubt with two second-half goals.
Vincent del Bosque has since announced his final 23-man squad for the European Championships, after deciding to leave out Roberto Soldado, Javi Garcia, Andoni Iraola, Benat Extebarria, Thiago Alcantara and Adrian Lopez.
Mata, Torres, Valdes, Pique, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Javi Martinez, Llorente and Pedro have all joined their teammates and they will be in contention for the South Korea clash, but Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Ramos look set to miss out.
With Vincent del Bosque set to field a much stronger side than the one that faced Serbia, odds of 1.30 (3/10) offered by BetVictor on La Furia Roja look too good to pass.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Reina – Arbeloa, Pique, Martinez, Monreal – Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta – Mata, Torres, Silva.
The game against Spain will be Korea’s final test before the start of the fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Asia with the game against Qatar scheduled for 8th June.
Boss Kang-Hee Choi has already stated that his side are fully focused on the start of the qualifying campaign, but that doesn’t mean he won’t pick his strongest line-up for the clash against the world champions.
Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young has been left out of the 26-man squad following a disappointing season at the Emirates, whereas Bolton’s Lee Chung-Yong misses out in spite of returning into action after recovering from a broken leg.
High-profile players in the squad include Park Joo-Ho (Basel), Ki Sung-Yeung (Celtic), Son Heung-Min (Hamburg) and Ji Dong-Won (Sunderland).
Probable starting line-up (4-2-2-2): Jung – Choi Hyo-Jin, Kwak Tae-Hwi, Lee Jung-Soo, Park Won-Jae – Kim Jung-Woo, Ki Sung-Yueng – Son Heung-Min, Lee Keun-Ho – Lee Dong-Gook, Ji Dong-Wong.