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
- 23Rochet22CáceresBooked at 57mins3Godín2Giménez16OliveraSubstituted forViñaat 79'minutes15Valverde6Bentancur5VecinoSubstituted forde la Cruzat 78'minutes8PellistriSubstituted forVarelaat 88'minutes9SuárezSubstituted forCavaniat 64'minutes11Núñez
- 1Muslera7de la Cruz10de Arrascaeta12Sosa13Varela14Torreira17Viña18Gómez19Coates20Torres21Cavani24Canobbio25Ugarte26Rodríguez
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.
Second Half ends, Uruguay 0, Korea Republic 0.
Foul by Guillermo Varela (Uruguay).
Kim Jin-Su (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Kim Moon-Hwan.
Foul by Matías Viña (Uruguay).
Lee Kang-In (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Hwang In-Beom (Korea Republic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Kang-In.
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.
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.
José Giménez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic).
Substitution, Uruguay. Guillermo Varela replaces Facundo Pellistri.
Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodrigo Bentancur with a cross.
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Hwang In-Beom (Korea Republic).
Attempt missed. Darwin Núñez (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.
Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic).
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