Education City Stadium was the site of this World Cup match between Uruguay and South Korea, which resulted in a scoreless draw after both teams’ best efforts. The three points that were up for grabs were shared equally between both sides.
Early on, La Celeste had the better opportunities to score goals, with Federico Valverde displaying excellent control and coming close with a volley after a lovely long ball from Jose Gimenez. La Celeste also had the advantage in shots on goal. Mathias Olivera made a poor pass while South Korea was in a hopeless position and attempting a counterattack. At that moment, Darwin Nunez was closing in on the goal, but Olivera’s pass was too strong.
However, an unmarked Hwang Ui-Jo leaned back and fired a shot from 10 yards out, which Uruguay ought to have stopped, and Uruguay ought to have gone behind as a result of the missed opportunity. The experienced center back Diego Godin came agonizingly close to scoring a goal, but the ball hit the post after he outjumped Lee Jae-Sung and defeated Kim Seung-Gyu with a magnificent header.
At the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, the following is a rundown of how each player fared in their respective match:
GK: Sergio Rochet – 6/10 – Only had to collect a cross here and there with no shots to save.
RB: Martin Caceres – 6/10 – Picked up a booking for a late challenge on Son. Unsurprisingly didn’t show too much ɑttacking intent from right-back.
CB: Diego Godin – 8/10 – It’s such a shame that his header was redirected after hitting the post. Aerodynamically dominant in the defensive position.
CB: Jose Gimenez – 7/10 – Assisted the team by making numerous game-saving tackles and picking some excellent passes out of the backfield.
LB: Mathias Olivera received a score of 7 out of 10 for his overthrown pass when he should have been able to easily slip in Nunez. Threatened the South Korean offense by making two crucial passes while operating inside the box.
Federico Valverde received a score of seven out of ten from the referee for his early snap-shot that went comfortably wide. Even though he did not have his shooting boots on, he came quite close to making the breakthrough from a distance, but his attempt cannoned off the post.
Rodrigo Bentancur, the central midfielder for Uruguay, received a score of seven out of ten for his play. He became more active with the ball as the first half progressed. After avoiding getting called for a penalty, he used some dazzling footwork to make his way through the middle of the field.
Matias Vecino, the central midfielder, received a score of six out of ten for his effort, remarking that he “snapped into challenges in midfield and was industrious” before being replaced.
RW: Facundo Pellistri – 5/10 – As a result of Uruguay’s difficulty putting together attacks, the kid from Manchester United saw very little of the ball.
ST: Luis Suarez received a score of four out of ten for his performance, as he had difficulty controlling the ball in the first half. It appeared that they were moving much more slowly than was required, and they left the scene shortly after the hour mark.
7/10 for LW Darwin Nunez, who hustled all over the field in search of opportunities to get involved in the action. If Olivera hadn’t messed up the pass, we might have had a chance to shoot at the goal. In the second half, they missed a chance and a half to score.
SUB: Edinson Cavani (64′ for Suarez) – 6/10
SUB: Nicolas de la Cruz (78′ for Vecino) – 6/10
SUB: Matias Vina (79′ for Olivera) – 6/10
SUB: Guillermo Varela (88 for Pellistri) – N/A
Manager: Diego Alonso – 5/10 –
The lackluster strategy prevented Uruguay’s vivacious attackers and dynamic midfielders from performing to their full potential.
South Korea (de) (4-2-3-1)
GK: Kim Seung-gyu – 6/10 – I was able to get a glove to a Nunez cross and then scrambled effectively to get it back. Little else to do.
RB: Kim Moon-hwan – 7/10 –
You made several great interceptions, as well as some crosses, which were really effective.
Kim Min-jae, the cornerback, received a score of seven out of ten for his awkward injury that he sustained after he slipped while trying to close in on Nunez. Ignored it and proceeded to steer the defense in the right direction.
CB: Kim Young-gwon, seven out of ten. Although he was not very precise with his long passes from the back, he made numerous clearances and worked well as a partner for Napoli’s Kim.
LB: Kim Jin-su – 7/10 – Pellistri was not given any time to settle, and Uruguay’s right-sided attack was not allowed to make any noise.
CM: Hwang In-beom – 8/10 – During the first half, saw a lot of the ball and attempted to create opportunities for Uruguay in the final third. The loose ball was successfully mopped up.
CM: Jung Woo-young – 6/10 –
Fortunately, the late tackle on Nunez did not result in a caution for the offender. A high work rate, however the technical aspects are a touch rough around the edges.
AM: Lee Jae-sung – 7/10 – Only four of his 33 passes were mishandled by him. Excellent in terms of defense, as he was able to recover the ball well and lead his team’s press.
RW: Na Sang-ho received a score of 6 out of 10 for his performance. He showed off his speed by making a few runs down the right side of the field, but he also misplaced the ball three times.
ST: Hwang Ui-jo – 5/10 – The Olympiacos striker needed to give his team the lead at that moment, and you won’t want to see the replay of his missed opportunity. He was taken off in the second half with no further opportunities to contribute.
LW: Son Heung-min – 5/10 – Son, who remained on the game’s periphery for the majority of its duration, did not benefit from a few careless touches here and there. Late in the match, they had one opportunity after a mistake by Uruguay, but they were unable to score.
Cho Gue-sung comes on as a substitute for Hwang at the hour and a half mark. – 6/10
Lee Kang-in comes on at 75 minutes for Na as a sub. – 7/10
Son Joon-ho comes on as a substitute for Lee with 75 minutes remaining. – 6/10
Paulo Bento, the manager of Brazil’s national team, received a score of seven out of ten points. His team maintained a disciplined play style throughout the match, defending effectively and trying to strike Uruguay on the counterattack.