Uruguay held by South Korea in entertaining draw

Published on: 24 November 2022

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

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

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

Hwang stood with his head in hands afterwards, while team-mates fell to their knees in disbelief, all in front of a group of South Korean fans behind the goal, who were in fine voice throughout.

South Korea had controlled most of the first half but Uruguay began to dominate as the game wore on and they almost won it 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 dragged his shot wide, much to the relief of the Uruguayan supporters.

The draw leaves Group H wide open, with many seeing it as a three-way battle for qualification to the knockout stages between Uruguay, South Korea and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

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Son and Nunez miss chances in competitive draw

The atmosphere around the stadium beforehand was fairly subdued but after kick-off there was relentless noise from a few hundred South Korean fans in one corner.

It was their players who took control of the game in the first half, playing some good build-up football and testing the Uruguayan defence from wide areas.

Son was often isolated on the wing but when he did have an occasion to run into space, he beat two players and whipped in a dangerous cross.

He was found on the edge of the box shortly into the second half too but Uruguay's Jose Gimenez made a crucial sliding challenge to deny him a shot.

Son was a threat only occasionally but the crowd often rose to their feet as their voices lifted in anticipation for what he could potentially produce - and he nearly came good in the final moments when he dragged an effort wide.

Uruguay's game plan was clear. They looked to play over the top of South Korea's defence at any opportunity, with Liverpool forward 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, while Nunez should have connected with a cross that came in from the right.

As the game wore on, Uruguay became more dangerous - Nunez broke away down the left but couldn't find a team-mate, moments before manager Diego Alonso used his wildcard with the introduction of former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani.

Cavani looked lively, almost connecting with Nunez's fizzing shot, which flew just wide of the post, but the South Korean defence held firm for a point which could prove vital in a competitive Group H.

Player of the match

Son Heung-MinSon Heung-Min

with an average of 7.88

    UruguayUruguayUruguaySouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth Korea

UruguayAvgSquad number11Player nameNúñezAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameBentancurAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameValverdeAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameCavaniAverage rating


Squad number8Player namePellistriAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameSuárezAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameGodínAverage rating


Squad number23Player nameRochetAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameOliveraAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameGiménezAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameCáceresAverage rating


Squad number7Player namede la CruzAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameVarelaAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameVecinoAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameViñaAverage rating


South KoreaAvgSquad number7Player nameSon Heung-MinAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameKim Seung-gyuAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameKim Moon-HwanAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameKim Jin-SuAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameKim Min-JaeAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameKim Young-GwonAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameHwang In-BeomAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameLee Jae-SungAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameLee Kang-InAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameNa Sang-HoAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameJung Woo-YoungAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameSon Jun-HoAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameHwang Ui-JoAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameCho Gue-SungAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-3-3


    23Rochet22CáceresBooked at 57mins3Godín2Giménez16OliveraSubstituted forViñaat 79'minutes15Valverde6Bentancur5VecinoSubstituted forde la Cruzat 78'minutes8PellistriSubstituted forVarelaat 88'minutes9SuárezSubstituted forCavaniat 64'minutes11Núñez


    1Muslera7de la Cruz10de Arrascaeta12Sosa13Varela14Torreira17Viña18Gómez19Coates20Torres21Cavani24Canobbio25Ugarte26Rodríguez

South Korea

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Kim Seung-gyu15Kim4Kim19Kim Young-Gwon3Kim6Hwang5Jung Woo-Young17Na10Lee Jae-Sung7Son Heung-Min16Hwang

    1Kim Seung-gyu15Kim4Kim19Kim Young-Gwon3Kim6Hwang5Jung Woo-Young17NaSubstituted forLeeat 75'minutes10Lee Jae-SungSubstituted forSonat 74'minutes7Son Heung-Min16HwangSubstituted forChoat 74'minutesBooked at 88mins


    2Yoon8Paik9Cho11Hwang Hee-Chan12Song13Son14Hong Chul18Lee20Kwon21Cho Hyun-Woo22Kwon23Kim24Cho25Jeong26Song

Referee:Clément TurpinAttendance:41,663Match StatsHome TeamUruguayAway TeamSouth KoreaPossessionHome56%Away44%ShotsHome10Away7Shots on TargetHome1Away0CornersHome4Away3FoulsHome7Away10Live TextPost update

Match ends, Uruguay 0, Korea Republic 0.

90'+8'Full Time

Second Half ends, Uruguay 0, Korea Republic 0.

90'+7'Post update

Foul by Guillermo Varela (Uruguay).

90'+7'Post update

Kim Jin-Su (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+6'Post update

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Kim Moon-Hwan.

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Foul by Matías Viña (Uruguay).

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Lee Kang-In (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+4'Post update

Attempt missed. Hwang In-Beom (Korea Republic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Kang-In.

90'Post update

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Korea Republic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hwang In-Beom.

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Federico Valverde (Uruguay) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.


Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88'Post update

José Giménez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88'Post update

Foul by Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic).


Substitution, Uruguay. Guillermo Varela replaces Facundo Pellistri.

87'Post update

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodrigo Bentancur with a cross.

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Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Foul by Hwang In-Beom (Korea Republic).

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Attempt missed. Darwin Núñez (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.

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Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic).

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