AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — One other favored workforce has failed to impress within the early phases of the World Cup.
This time it was South Korea holding South American energy Uruguay to a 0-0 draw on Thursday, a end result that in all probability favors the Asian workforce.
The draw at Training Metropolis Stadium was yet one more early World Cup match with a shocking end result. Argentina and Germany each misplaced their opening video games in main upsets. This one hinted at being one other.
Uruguay coach Diego Alonso stated he was glad, and so did South Korea counterpart Paulo Bento. Alonso sounded much less convincing.
“I’m more than happy with the result,” Alonso stated. “I’m sure that this group stage will be determined by the last match. We all know the second game is key, and so is the third one. But this will not affect whether we qualify of not.”
Uruguay will subsequent face Portugal in Group H whereas South Korea performs Ghana, with each video games on Monday. The highest two groups within the group will advance to the spherical of 16.
South Korea, with ahead Son Heung-min sporting a masks to defend a damaged left eye socket, at all times regarded the extra probably to rating in opposition to the extra skilled Uruguayans. The South Koreans had been faster, urgent from the opening whistle.
Many South Korean followers wore Batman-like masks in solidarity with Son, who was injured on Nov. 2 in a Champions League match taking part in for English membership Tottenham. He had a number of early probabilities however appeared to tire within the second half.
“He (Son) had a serious injury,” Bento stated. “He was inactive for a considerable amount of time. He could only get back with the team in the recent days. And of course it’s natural after an injury that it will take time some time to adapt. But I think overall we had a good performance.”
In a match with few clear scoring probabilities and South Korea typically in management, Uruguay had one of the best alternatives to rating: Diego Godin hit the publish with a header within the forty third minute and Federico Valverde hit it within the 89th.
Alonso began an attacking lineup with Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Facundo Pellistri up entrance, and with Valverde and Matias Vecino in midfield. However they seldom had the ball at the beginning.
South Korea pressed ahead early and Son excited the group each time he touched the ball, however he managed just one threatening assault within the first half. South Korea at all times regarded faster than Uruguay, however not essentially the extra harmful. The workforce’s finest likelihood got here within the thirty fourth minute when Hwang Ui-jo sailed a close-range try over the crossbar.
Because the second half wore on, Uruguay started to take extra possession however at all times appeared cautious, taking much less initiative regardless of having the extra skilled gamers.
Son went down in a heap early within the second half with Martin Caceres getting the primary yellow card of the match.
Alonso despatched in Edinson Cavani for Suarez in sixty fourth minute because the tempo of the match slowed till Valverde hit the publish within the remaining minutes.
“In the first 20 minutes, we struggled against Korea,” Alonso stated. “We couldn’t take the ball from them. We couldn’t get any stress and misplaced precision.
“Obviously, the second half we dominated much more. We were better than them, I think, but we lacked a bit of attacking. I mean attacking more. We tried to be more competitive, too.”