Uruguay, with Darwin Nunez (ex-Benfica, now in Liverpool) playing the whole game – and Ugarte and Coates (Sporting) as unused substitutes – and South Korea, coached by Portuguese Paulo Bento, drew 0-0 on Thursday in their first Group H meeting, as did Portugal. And Ghana, in this World Cup in Qatar, which was held at the Education City Stadium in Al-Wakra.
The fourth “empty” match (0-0) of this World Cup ended in an intense, enthusiastic and technically and tactically rich match, but the “heavenly” South American technical superiority confronted South Korea with tremendous pressure and spin speed. From the ball, the result is a tie which leaves the winner of the other Group H encounter, Portugal or Ghana, who face each other from 4pm onwards, top of the group from now on (Day 1) in the event of a win.
Darwin Nunez’s movement on the left was interesting, and in the 81st minute he almost scored, but the shot went wide … Meanwhile, Cavani, who was released by Diego Alonso instead of Luis Suarez, failed to deflect.
In a warm and balanced match, especially in the first half, Uruguay could complain … about the goalposts defended by Seung-gyu, in which Godin (43) and Federico Valverde (89) hit the ball, on the best of occasions. From Celeste’s game during the game, where the equalizer was conceded, Hwang (34) and Son (90) had great scoring chances.
The “yellow” Paulo Bento ended up with French referee Clement Turpin at 90 + 8, but South Korea scored a point, as did Uruguay. In a frosty match, in which any team could have won, the result was less bad and fair, confirming the idea of South Korea’s speed and Valverde’s or Betancur’s fragrant technique to perfume the Uruguay match, as the main obstacles. As for Portugal in the other two matches, they will play in Group H.
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