Suárez and Cavani did not make a difference and Uruguay didn’t show any technical quality against South Korea.
In Thursday’s second fixture of the World Cup, Uruguay and South Korea joined the field in a match surrounded by expectations due to the presence of some important players in world football at different times.
In Uruguay’s starting line-up, Luis Suárez returned to the spotlight of world football after months of playing for Nacional, where he won the Uruguayan League title in a new spell at his childhood club.
On the other side, Son entered the field for the first time after the injury to the face, which took the Korean out of important matches for Tottenham before the stoppage for the World Cup.
Other highlights in Korea’s starting lineup were Kim Moon-Hawn confirmed as a right-back and Na Sang-ho gaining a chance as a starter. In Uruguay’s lineup, Martín Cáceres gaining opportunity at right-back and Vecino forms a trio of midfielders.
South Korea got off to a better start with an extremely high pace of intensity, impeding Uruguay’s circulation in midfield with Kim Min-Jae and Hwang In-beom dishing out the offensive plays.
After the initial 15 minutes, Uruguay began to generate danger in launches behind the opposing defence and managed to balance the match for the rest of the first half.
Despite this, the big chance of the first half came with Kim Moon-hwan very well at right-back, generating advances in the offensive sector of Hwang Ui-jo. That is, South Korea confirmed in the first half the aggressive style of the qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Uruguay showed the poor movement of the ball and no progress on the inside, with Bentancur’s positioning behind Vecino proving to be a mistake. Even in the second half, the Uruguayans only bet on the launches of Godín and Gimenez to try to break through the defensive line.
South Korea failed to take advantage of the number of spaces that appeared in the offensive field during the first half and wasted a good opportunity to snatch a victory against a completely unproductive Uruguay.
Left-back Jin-Su Kim was the best player in the match, with good individual performance. The 30-year-old veteran won five duels, made three tackles, won four aerial duels and crossed three balls in the area.
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