Uruguay and South Korea drew goalless in the first match of group H, with both teams starring in a heated match, with shared possession of the ball, in which they did not have the finesse to end dangerous chances.
From the beginning, an Asian team was seen showing interesting game aspects, such as correct associations and good physical display. The charrúas, meanwhile, went out onto the field looking to make a difference with their stars.
At minute 18, José María Giménez sent a long pass from his own ground, which was controlled in a great way by Federico Valverde in the rival area. The Real Madrid star controlled with his right, and with his left he sent the ball over the horizontal.
Three minutes later, the Atlético de Madrid central defender once again sent a long ball that was well received by Facundo Pellistri, who in turn sent in a cross when he reached the baseline. In the middle, a Darwin Núñez appeared who was unable to deflect the ball, losing the chance to score 1-0.
The 34th minute was running when the clearest one came for the South Koreans, with a great collective play that ended with Kim Moon-hwang sending a cross from the right, which Hwang Ui-jo connected in a bad way, despite an excellent position, sending the ball above the horizontal.
At the end of the first half, a right corner in favor of La Celeste was headed by Diego Godin who rose into the air, and almost with a moving penalty, sent the ball to the right post of Kim Seung-gyo, being the post the one that prevented the conquest.
Already in the second half, the danger took place in the final stretch. In the 80th minute, a good partnership between Edinson Cavani and Darwin Núñez ended with the latter daring with a right foot that was just a few centimeters from the left post of the Asian goal.
Nine minutes later, both combined experienced moments of terror. First, the South Koreans suffered with a right-footed missile from outside the area, which hit Kim’s right upright, and was perfectly able to get into the angle.
On the next play, a bad start by Sergio Rochet ended in an unexpected Asian attack. The Tottenham star, Son Heung-min, took advantage of the inattention and with a left footed shot from distance, tried to unbalance the score, but the ball went two meters away from the goal.
With this result, both teams are left with a point leading Group H, waiting for what Portugal and Ghana do in the match at 1:00 p.m. The next challenge for the Charrúas will be to face the Portuguese, on Monday 28 at 4:00 p.m.; while the Koreans will face the Africans, that same day at 10:00 am.
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Referee: Clement Turpin (France)
URUGUAY: Sergio Rochet; Martín Cáceres, Diego Godin, José María Giménez, Mathías Olivera (Matías Viña, 79′); Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Matías Vecino (Nicolás de la Cruz, 78′); Facundo Pellistri (Guillermo Varela, 88′), Luis Suárez (Edinson Cavani, 64′), Darwin Núñez. (DT: Diego Alonso)
SOUTH KOREA: Kim Seung-gyu; Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su; Hwang In-beom, Jung Woo-young; Na Sang-ho (Lee Kang-in, 75′), Lee Jae-sung (Son Jun-ho, 75′), Son Heung-min; Hwang Ui-jo (Cho Gue-sung, 74′). (DT: Paulo Bento)
GOALS: There were none.
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