South Korea aim to make history

South Korea coach Uli Stielike has warned his side not to underestimate their next two opponents in the Asia Cup and World Cup qualifying campaign.

Stielike’s side face Myanmar on Thursday and Laos the following Tuesday, and will be looking to extend their faultless record of four wins in four games and zero goals conceded.

Korea can claim their 12th and 13th consecutive victories in these games and their 14th and 15th in 2015, the most wins recorded by the side in a calendar year since 1980.

"We will need to bear down and concentrate. We've had a good run this year, and we'll try to end it on a positive note," Stielike told the Yonhap News Agency.

He added that his team also had other motivations to continue their run of impressive performances.

"It's nice to be at 48th on the FIFA rankings but Iran is the first in Asia at number 43. We will try to overtake Iran as the highest-ranked Asian team," he said

Korea’s only loss in 2014 came in the January, when they lost 2-1 to Australia in the final of the AFC Asian Cup.

Stielike’s charges defeated Myanmar 2-0 in Bagkok, Thailand in July, and thrashed Laos 8-0 at the Hwaseong Sports Complex in September.

Thursday’s Myanmar match takes place at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province.

Korea currently top Group G despite having played one match fewer than their opponents. Depending on the other results, two more victories could hand the side an unassailable lead at the top of the group and guarantee them a spot in round three of World Cup qualifying.

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