Now it’s time for Uruguay. Valverde is able to extend a long ball from his own half into Núñez’s path. However, the Liverpool striker can no longer get the ball, so S.-G. Kim can catch the ball.
Uruguay has not come into the game so far. They’re now trying to focus more on defending and hoping for counterattacks. That’s not usually how the South American favorites play.
South Korea’s next corner from the right: Son sends a sharp cross into the first post. Nobody gets to the ball, so it slides through the entire penalty area. At the end there is a throw-in for Uruguay.
Núñez picks up speed on the left wing and is fouled by Na on the halfway line. This clearly shows that South Korea wants to stand up to it and not hide.
In the early minutes it becomes clear that Uruguay are trying to control the game. But South Korea won’t allow that. The Asians go into the tackles aggressively and disrupt the South Americans early on in their own half.
South Korea takes the first corner in the game. Son puts the ball into the penalty area on the first post from the right. Hwang rises, but is sufficiently disturbed. Rochet can fist the ball out of the penalty area at the end.
The ball rolls at Educations City Stadium. South Korea toasts and wears red jerseys. Uruguay is appropriately dressed in sky blue.
The teams run in. The national anthems sound and it can start right away. The two nations last faced each other at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At that time, Uruguay won 2-1 against South Korea. Are the South Americans still in the lead today? We’ll find out soon. We look forward to an exciting encounter.
Frenchman Clement Turpin is the referee for today’s game. His assistants are named Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore.
Ex-Bundesliga player Hee-chan Hwang will not be there for South Korea. The striker had already traveled to Qatar with a hamstring problem. It remains to be seen whether captain Son will play the full 90 minutes after suffering a facial injury. The 30-year-old has to wear a face mask after breaking his eye socket several times. “Sonny will be able to play,” assured coach Paulo Bento on Wednesday.
Coach Diego Alonso will have to do without the unfit Ronald Araujo (hamstring) against the South Koreans. However, the Barcelona defender has recently been able to train again. Striker Edinson Cavani is initially on the reserve bench because Luis Suárez is preferred in the center of the attack.
Uruguay’s national team were world champions in 1930 and 1950. Coach Diego Alonso’s team is counting on a lot again this year in Qatar. The team is led by veterans Luis Suárez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godín. The first hurdle awaits with South Korea this afternoon. “The first game is the most important. We have to have respect, stay calm and be sure of ourselves,” said captain Diego Godin.
Heung-Min Son, who is considered the South Korean superstar, should help with this. The former Leverkusen player, now in the Tottenham jersey, is currently one of the best attackers in the Premier League. In addition to Son, the South Koreans also have other well-known names: Jae-sung Lee is known from Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga, as is Woo-yeong Jeong from Freiburg.
An exciting encounter awaits us this Thursday afternoon. South Korea has attended every World Cup since 1986. In the group with Portugal, Ghana and today’s opponent Uruguay, the Asians reckon they have a chance to reach the round of 16. Coach Paulo Bento recently emphasized that it was a really difficult group. His team has to play very well to get through the group stage.
Hello and welcome to the fifth day of the 2022 World Cup! In the opening match of Group H, Uruguay meets South Korea. Kick-off at Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan is at 2 p.m. German time.