Uruguay and South Korea battled to a goalless draw in their opening Group H match at the 2022 World Cup.
The South American team started with former and current Liverpool players as Darwin Nunez joined Luis Suarez, while Heung-Min Son was fit to start in South Korea after breaking his eye recently, but none of them found success. happy meeting in Qatar.
It leaves both sides with a chance to reach the last 16, with Uruguay set to face Portugal, while South Korea face Ghana.
Big moments in sports…
- 34 minutes: Moon-Hwan Kim finds Ui-jo Hwang in space in the box, but he fires the crossbar.
- 44th minute: Diego Godin heads high for a corner but it’s against the South Korean post.
- 90 minutes: Federico Valverde rattles the post with a dangerous drive from distance for Uruguay.
Uruguay hit the post twice but did not do well in their Group H opener
South Korea came out with plenty of attacking intent, but lacked the edge in front of goal. Their best chance of the first half came after 34 minutes when Moon-Hwan Kim found Ui-Jo Hwang in the box, but he fired just over the crossbar.
Just before the break, Uruguay could have taken the lead when Diego Godin headed in a corner, but his header deflected off the post before he was able to clear the ball.
Uruguay went close again late on when Federico Valverde’s fierce drive from outside the box hit the outside of the woodwork, before Son rose to the other end and fired wide.
Premier League watch: Pellistri struggling to find out
There were plenty of Premier League stars on show at the Education City Stadium, but one name that caught the eye was that of Facundo Pellistri.
The 20-year-old winger has yet to feature as a senior at Manchester United, but has been handed an eighth cap by Uruguay head coach Diego Alonso.
Sitting in a front three alongside Nunez and Suarez, Pellistri was at times exciting, but ultimately struggled to do much in his 88 minutes on the field. To be honest, he wasn’t alone there. It will be interesting to see if Alonso will stick with him for the next game, or maybe he will go back to his experience with Edinson Cavani instead.
- Among the teams that have played 50+ games at the World Cup, only England (16 percent) has a higher share of goalless games than Uruguay (14 percent – 8/57).
- It has been 465 minutes since Uruguay last scored a goal in the World Cup, their fifth in a row – Wayne Rooney was the last player to score against them (for England). in June 2014).
- There was only one shot on target in this game (by Uruguay), although the two teams shot 17 between them – since 1966 (when this is available), only Denmark and Scotland in 1986 shot (27) and. only one of them is on target.
- At 36 years and 281 days, Diego Godín became the oldest player to appear for Uruguay in a World Cup match. This was his 15th start in the race; Uruguay’s most prolific player at the World Cup.
What does the result mean?
Leaving Group H wide open for both sides heading into their second leg on Monday, Uruguay face Portugal, and South Korea face Ghana.