Regardless of loads of attacking high quality on show in Qatar, nothing might separate Uruguay and South Korea of their World Cup opener in Group H.
In entrance of a energetic crowd at Training Metropolis Stadium, the South Koreans pissed off Uruguay however didn’t create many clear possibilities.
Uruguay captain Diego Godin did the most effective for Hwang Ui-jo, who fired over the bar within the first half, earlier than heading a nook towards the publish.
Hwang afterwards stood along with his head in his fingers whereas teammates fell to their knees in disbelief, all in entrance of a gaggle of South Korean followers behind the purpose who had been in good spirits all through.
South Korea managed many of the first half, however Uruguay started to dominate as the sport went on and so they nearly gained it within the final minute of regular time when Federico Valverde’s long-range effort hit the publish. went.
Tottenham striker Son Heung-min – South Korea’s star man – had one final likelihood however he fired his shot extensive to the aid of the Uruguayan supporters.
The draw leaves Group H open, with many seeing it as a three-way battle for qualification to the knockout phases between Uruguay, South Korea and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Son and Nunez miss possibilities in aggressive draw
The ambiance across the stadium was calm at first however after kick-off there was a continuing noise from just a few hundred South Korean followers in a single nook.
It was their gamers who managed the sport within the first half, enjoying some good build-up soccer and testing the Uruguayan protection from extensive areas.
Son was typically remoted on the wing, however when he had the chance to run into house, he beat two gamers and whipped in a harmful cross.
He was additionally discovered on the sting of the field early within the second half however Uruguay’s José Jimenez made an important sliding problem to disclaim him a shot.
Son was solely an occasional menace however the crowd had been typically on their ft as their voices rose in anticipation of what he might doubtlessly produce – and he nearly got here good within the ultimate moments when he scored a strive. made widespread.
Uruguay’s sport plan was clear. They needed to play on high of the South Korean protection at any alternative, with Liverpool ahead Darwin Nuñez posing a menace to counter-attacks along with his tempo.
Actual Madrid’s Valverde nearly obtained on the tip of an extended ball from Jimenez when Nunez ought to have linked with a cross that got here in from the proper.
As the sport progressed, the Uruguayan grew to become extra harmful – Núñez broke down the left however couldn’t discover team-mate, moments earlier than supervisor Diego Alonso used his wildcard with the introduction of former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani. did.
Cavani seemed energetic, nearly connecting with Nunez’s blistering shot that flew simply above the publish, however the South Korean protection held agency for a degree that might show essential in a aggressive Group H.
- 22Cáceresbooked at 57 minutes
- 3God in
- 16oliversubstituted forwith outFeather 79′minutes
- 5vesinosubstituted forde la cruzFeather 78′minutes
- 8pelisterisubstituted forVarelaFeather 88′minutes
- 9Suarezsubstituted forCavaniFeather 64′minutes
- 1 1Nunez
- 7de la cruz
- 10de arrasqueta
- 17with out
- 1kim seung-gyu
- 19kim young-gwon
- 5jung woo-young
- 17Nosubstituted forTookFeather 75′minutes
- 10lee jae-sungsubstituted forSonFeather 75′minutes
- 7Son Hyung-min
- 16Hwangsubstituted forChoFeather 74′minutesbooked at 88 minutes
- 1 1hwang hee-chan
- 14hong chul
- 21cho hyun-woo
- Clement Turpin
Match ends, Uruguay 0, Korea Republic 0.
Second Half ends, Uruguay 0, Korea Republic 0.
Foul by Guillermo Varela (Uruguay).
Kim Jin-su (Korea Republic) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Nook, Uruguay. Conceded by Kim Moon-hwan.
Foul by Matias Viña (Uruguay).
Lee Kang-in (ROK) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
The try failed. Hwang In-beom (ROK) left footed shot from outdoors the field misses to the proper. Assisted by Lee Kang-in.
The try failed. Son Heung-min (ROK) left footed shot from outdoors the field is shut, however misses to the proper. Assisted by Hwang In-beom.
Federico Valverde (Uruguay) hits the left publish with a proper footed shot from outdoors the field.
Cho Gue-sung (Korea Republic) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Jose Gimenez (Uruguay) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Cho Gue-sung (Republic of Korea).
Substitution, Uruguay. Guillermo Varela replaces Facundo Pellistri.
The try failed. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) header from the middle of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Rodrigo Bentancur with a cross.
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Hwang In-beom (ROK).
The try failed. Darwin Nuñez (Uruguay) proper footed shot from outdoors the field misses to the proper. Assisted by Edison Cavani.
Diego Godin (Uruguay) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Cho Gue-sung (Republic of Korea).
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