World Cup 2022: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – nothing to separate the teams in a thrilling goalless draw

Nothing can separate Uruguay and South Korea in their World Cup opener in Group H despite plenty of attacking quality on display in Qatar.

In front of a lively crowd at the Education City Stadium, the South Koreans frustrated Uruguay but did not create many clear-cut chances.

Their best came from Hwang Ui-jo, who fired over the bar in the first half, before Uruguay captain Diego Godin headed a corner against the post.

Hwang then stood with his head in his hands as his teammates fell to their knees in disbelief, all in front of a group of South Korean fans behind the goal, who sang beautifully.

South Korea controlled most of the first half, but Uruguay began to dominate as the game wore on and almost won in the final minute of normal time when Federico Valverde’s long-range effort crashed off the post.

There was one last chance for Tottenham striker Son Heung-min – South Korea’s star man – but he put the shot wide, to the relief of the Uruguayan supporters.

The draw leaves Group H wide open in what many see as a three-way battle to qualify for the knockout stages between Uruguay, South Korea and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

Son and Nunez missed chances in the match

The atmosphere around the stadium was quite low beforehand, but after kick-off the noise of hundreds of South Korean fans was relentless in one corner.

It was their players who took control of the game in the first half, playing good creative football and testing the Uruguayan defense from wide areas.

Son was often isolated on the wing, but when he had the chance to run into space, he beat two players and delivered a dangerous cross.

He also found himself on the edge of the box in the second half, but Uruguayan Jose Gimenez made a decisive sliding challenge to deny the shot.

Son was only an occasional threat, but the crowd often rose to their voices as they rose in anticipation of what he could produce – and it almost came as no surprise when he unleashed an effort in the closing moments.

Uruguay’s game plan was clear. They looked to play over the South Korean defense at every opportunity, with Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez a threat on the counter-attack with his pace.

Real Madrid’s Valverde almost got on the end of a long ball from Gimenez, and Nunez should have connected with a cross from the right.

As the game wore on, Uruguay became more dangerous – Nunez broke down the left but failed to find a team-mate, before coach Diego Alonso used his wild card to bring on former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani.

Cavani was alive, almost connecting on Nunez’s shot that went wide of the post, but the South Korean defense held firm for a point that could have been vital in a competitive Group H.

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  1. Group number23Player nameThe ratchet

  2. Group number22Player nameCaceres

  3. Group number3Player namegod

  4. Group number2Player nameby gimen

  5. Group number16Player nameOlivera

  6. Group number15Player nameValverde

  7. Group number6Player nameBentancur

  8. Group number5Player nameNeighbor

  9. Group number8Player namePellistri

  10. Group number9Player nameSuarez

  11. Group number11Player nameNúñez

  1. Group number7Player namefrom the cross

  2. Group number13Player nameVarela

  3. Group number17Player namethe vineyard

  4. Group number21Player nameCavani

South Korea

  1. Group number1Player nameKim Seung-gyu

  2. Group number15Player nameKim Moon-Hwan

  3. Group number4Player nameKim Min Jae

  4. Group number19Player nameKim Young-Gwon

  5. Group number3Player nameKim Jin-su

  6. Group number6Player nameHwang In-Beom

  7. Group number5Player nameJung Woo-Young

  8. Group number17Player nameIt’s Sang-Ho

  9. Group number10Player nameLee Jae-Sung

  10. Group number7Player nameSon Heung-Min

  11. Group number16Player nameHwang Ui-Jo

  1. Group number9Player nameCho Gue Sung

  2. Group number13Player nameSon Jun-Ho

  3. Group number18Player nameLee Kang-In

The eleven


training 4-3-3

  • 23The ratchet
  • 22CaceresBooked in 57 minutes
  • 3god
  • 2by gimen
  • 16Oliverareplaced bythe vineyardin 79′minutes
  • 15Valverde
  • 6Bentancur
  • 5Neighborreplaced byfrom the crossin 78′minutes
  • 8Pellistrireplaced byVarelain 88′minutes
  • 9Suarezreplaced byCavaniin 64′minutes
  • 11Núñez


  • 1muscle
  • 7from the cross
  • 10from Arrascas
  • 12Soda
  • 13Varela
  • 14the little tower
  • 17the vineyard
  • 18Gómez
  • 19Coates
  • 20Torres
  • 21Cavani
  • 24Canobbio
  • 25Ugarte
  • 26Rodríguez

South Korea

training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kim Seung-gyu
  • 15Kim
  • 4Kim
  • 19Kim Young-Gwon
  • 3Kim
  • 6Hwang
  • 5Jung Woo-Young
  • 17alreadyreplaced byLeein 75′minutes
  • 10Lee Jae-Sungreplaced bySonin 75′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 16Hwangreplaced bygivein 74′minutesBooked in 88 minutes


  • 2Yoon
  • 8Paik
  • 9give
  • 11Hwang Hee-Chan
  • 12the song
  • 13Son
  • 14Hong Chul
  • 18Lee
  • 20Kwon
  • 21Cho Hyun-Woo
  • 22Kwon
  • 23Kim
  • 24give
  • 25Jeong
  • 26the song

Clement Turpin


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