South Korea were beaten by Sweden 1-0 in Nizhny Novgorod earlier on Monday, with Sweden defender and captain Andreas Granqvist scoring from the penalty spot in the 65th minute.

"It's a pity they gave the penalty in the second half. It would have been better and easier for us if we have won today's game and then we would be a little bit better off for fighting against Mexico and Germany afterwards," Shin Tae-Yong told journalists.

He added that his squad was specifically preparing to deal with Sweden’s height advantage, but it took South Korea a significant period of time to adapt to the difference in height.

South Korea will face Mexico in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday before playing current champions Germany in Kazan on 27 June.