Uruguay 0 – 0 Korea Rep


Uruguay and South Korea battled to a goalless draw of their Group H opener on the 2022 World Cup.

The South American facet began with Liverpool forwards previous and current as Darwin Nunez lined up alongside Luis Suarez, whereas Heung-Min Son was match sufficient to begin for South Korea after his latest fractured eye socket, however none of them may discover the breakthrough regardless of a full of life encounter in Qatar.

Heung-Min Son reacts after a missed alternative in South Korea’s World Cup opener versus Uruguay

It leaves either side’ probabilities of reaching the final 16 vast open, as Uruguay put together to face Portugal subsequent, whereas South Korea meet Ghana.

Huge moments within the sport…

  • 34 minutes: Moon-Hwan Kim finds Ui-jo Hwang in area within the field, however he fires over the crossbar.
  • 44 minutes: Diego Godin rises highest at a nook however heads towards the South Korea put up.
  • 90 minutes: Federico Valverde rattles the put up with a fierce drive from distance for Uruguay.

Uruguay hit put up twice however no breakthrough in Group H opener

South Korea got here out with loads of attacking intent and endeavour, however lacked a scientific edge in entrance of objective. Their greatest likelihood of the primary half got here after 34 minutes as Moon-Hwan Kim discovered Ui-Jo Hwang in area within the field, however he may solely hearth over the crossbar.

Hwang Ui-jo rues a missed chance
Ui-Jo Hwang rues a missed likelihood

Simply earlier than the break, Uruguay ought to have taken the lead themselves as Diego Godin rose highest at a nook, however his header rattled the put up earlier than bouncing clear.

Uruguay went shut once more in direction of the top as Federico Valverde’s fierce drive from simply exterior the field slammed towards the surface of the woodwork, earlier than Son went up the opposite finish and lashed simply vast himself from vary.

Premier League watch: Pellistri struggles to make his mark

Uruguay's Facundo Pellistri heads the ball during the World Cup group H soccer match between Uruguay and South Korea, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

There have been loads of Premier League stars on present on the Training Metropolis Stadium, however one identify that caught the attention on the teamsheets was that of Facundo Pellistri.

Aged 20, the winger is but to make a senior look for Manchester United, however was handed a begin and his eighth cap by Uruguay head coach Diego Alonso.

Lining up in a entrance three alongside Nunez and Suarez, Pellistri was full of life at occasions however finally struggled to have a lot of an affect in his 88 minutes on the pitch. To be honest, he was probably not alone there. Will probably be fascinating to see if Alonso sticks with him for the following sport, or maybe reverts to the expertise of Edinson Cavani as a substitute.

Put up-match stats

Uruguay's goalkeeper Sergio Rochet punches clear under pressure from Hwang Ui-jo
Uruguay’s goalkeeper Sergio Rochet punches clear underneath stress from Ui-Jo Hwang

  • Amongst groups who’ve performed 50+ video games on the World Cup, solely England (16 per cent) have the next share of goalless attracts within the event than Uruguay (14 per cent – 8/57).
  • Uruguay have gone 465 minutes since they final conceded a objective within the group stage of the World Cup, with this being their fifth such consecutive clear sheet – certainly, Wayne Rooney was the final participant to web towards them in a gaggle stage match (for England in June 2014).
  • There was just one shot on the right track on this match (by Uruguay), regardless of the 2 groups amassing 17 photographs between them – since 1966 (when this knowledge is accessible), solely Denmark v Scotland in 1986 has featured extra whole photographs (27) with solely certainly one of them being on the right track.
  • On the age of 36 years and 281 days, Diego Godín turned the oldest participant to look for Uruguay in a World Cup match. This was his fifteenth begin within the competitors; probably the most of any outfield participant for Uruguay on the World Cup.

What does the consequence imply?

It leaves Group H vast open for either side as they head into their second group video games on Monday, with Uruguay assembly Portugal, and South Korea dealing with Ghana.


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