South Korea defeated Uruguay in the World Cup

South Korea defeated Uruguay in the World Cup

AL RAYAN, Qatar (AP) — Another top team failed to impress in the early stages of the game. world cup.

This time it was South Korea who were held to a 0-0 draw by South American powerhouse Uruguay on Thursday, in a result that probably favored the Asian side.

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The tie at the Education City Stadium was another World Cup opener with a surprising result. Argentina and Germany both lost their opening games in huge upsets.

South Korea, with Son Heung-min wearing a mask to protect a broken left eye socket, always looked more likely to score against the experienced Uruguayans. South Korea was quick, pressing from the open whistle.

Some South Korean fans wore Batman-like masks in solidarity with Son.

However, in a game with few clear-cut scoring chances, Uruguay had the better chance: Diego Godin hit the post with a header in the 43rd minute and Federico Valverde scored in the 89th minute.

Uruguay will next play Portugal in Group H and South Korea will play Ghana.

South Korea attacked from the start and Son was the crowd’s favorite every time he touched the ball. He only managed one threatening attack in the first half, however, did little else in the second half.

South Korea always looked faster than Uruguay, but not necessarily more dangerous. The team’s best chance came in the 34th minute when Hwang Oi Joo’s effort from close range hit the crossbar.

As the half drew to a close, Uruguay started to gain more possession but always looked more cautious, with the experienced players taking little initiative.

Son received the first yellow card of the game early in the second half along with Martin Caceres.

Uruguay coach Diego Alonso sent on Edinson Cavani for Luis Suarez in the 64th minute as the pace of the game slowed until Valverde hit the post in the final minutes.

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