Uruguay 0-0 South Korea - Goalless draw leaves both teams frustrated at 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Uruguay and South Korea played out the fourth goalless draw of the group stage so far at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as neither side managed to fashion a breakthrough. While it was end-to-end action at the Education City Stadium on Thursday, the clear-cut chances were kept to a minimum by two very well organised defences. In the end, neither side deserved to win.
Heungmin Son (C) and Jinsu Kim of Korea Republic argue a call with match officials during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Uruguay and Korea Republic at Education City Stadium
Uruguay kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 0-0 bore draw against South Korea in Qatar.
Diego Alonso, who started with Darwin Nunez up front over Edinson Cavani, saw his side start slowly and offer little attacking intent in the opening exchanges.
It was the South Koreans in control with Hwang Ui-Jo spurning a great opportunity from inside the box when he blazed a shot over while Son Heung-min, who was playing with a face mask after having surgery, had an effort charged down.
The South Americans eventually found their rhythm with the in-form Federico Valverde having a shot deflected over while Diego Godin rattled the post with a header.
The second half followed a similar pattern with Uruguay looking flat for the most part which led to the introduction of Cavani, his country's all-time leading goalscorer, for Luiz Suarez.
Cavani had one chance which was charged down while Federico Valverde hit the post from distance, but overall Uruguay did not test the goalkeeper enough, which will crank up the pressure for their next game against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Monday.
They boast a lot of attacking talent but Diego Alonso's side seemed to be playing with the handbrake on for large parts against a resolute side.
Suarez was unable to get in the game while Nunez had a bad day at the office with his wayward passing.
The second half was largely forgetful apart from a Diego Maradona-esque pirouette from Rodrigo Bentancur in his own half.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
José Giménez (Uruguay):
The Atletico Madrid defender had a rock solid partnership with the veteran Diego Godin in dealing with the constant pressure from South Korea from crosses. And he set up a few chances with some sublime diagonal long balls.
Luis Suarez of Uruguay on the ground during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Uruguay and Korea Republic at Education City Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
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SOUTH KOREA: Kim Seung-gyu 5, Kim 6, Kim 6, Kim Young-Gwon 6, Kim 6, Hwang 6, Jung Woo-Young 5, Na 5, Lee Jae-Sung 7, Son Heung-Min 6, Hwang 6. Subs: GS Cho n/a, Son n/a, Lee n/a.