Cavani has not been used

Round 2 begins! Although Uruguay has not found a goal, coach Diego Alonso has not yet launched Edinson Cavani on the field.

For the first time since the beginning of the tournament, a match has only 1 minute of injury time. That also reflects the “smooth” game that the two teams created, with a 50-10 possession ratio.

Play at high speed and attack continuously but without the fierce collision phase. Each team had a clear chance in the first half of the game.

The two teams went to the break with the score 0-0. Photo: AFP

Minute 45+1: The first half ended with the score 0-0.

Minute 44: Opportunity! From the corner, Godin shot high, but the ball bounced off the post.

Minute 42: South Korea is increasing the pressure in the last minutes of the first half, but the red shirt team is still deadlocked by Uruguay’s well-organized defense.

The most unfortunate opportunity belongs to Hwang Ui-Jo. Photo: AFP

The most unfortunate opportunity belongs to Hwang Ui-Jo. Photo: AFP

Minute 34: Hazardous! South Korea had a better chance to score. Unfortunately, Hwang Ui-Jo kicked the ball into the sky when in front of him, the goal was wide open.

31 minutes: 2/3 of the game time of the first half has passed. Both teams are still playing solidly. Therefore, the audience on the field has not had the opportunity to celebrate the goal.

Coach Diego Alonso's team is more proactive. Photo: AFP
Coach Diego Alonso’s team is more proactive. Photo: AFP

Minute 26: Uruguay has a quick counter-attack on the left. Fortunately for Korea, goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu focused on stopping the last ball.

Minute 22: Uruguay is proving dangerous in situations of attack from two sides. The Korean defense is struggling to prevent attacks from the opponent’s flanks.

Minute 19: Hazardous! Valverde moved smart, picked up the pass of his teammates and finished quickly, unfortunately the ball went over the bar.

Darwin Nunez is quite active, but Luis Suarez has not left much of an impression. Photo: AFP
Darwin Nunez is quite active, but Luis Suarez has not left much of an impression. Photo: AFP
Darwin Nunez is quite active, but Luis Suarez has not left much of an impression. Photo: AFP

Minute 15: After a difficult first time entering the game, Uruguay also gradually regained the game. It was the turn of the Korean players to actively step back.

Statistical: Uruguay only won 1 out of 7 opening matches at the last World Cups they attended (draw 3, lost 3) – won against Egypt in 2018.

However, they still made it past the group stage in 5 of those 7 tournaments.

Son Heung-min is creating many difficulties for the Uruguayan defense. Photo: AFP
Son Heung-min is creating many difficulties for the Uruguayan defense. Photo: AFP

Minute 8: Korea is still the team that takes the initiative. All attacks are directed at Song Heung-min. Meanwhile, Uruguay still had difficulty deploying attacks, although Darwin Nunez played quite mobile.

Minute 3: Korea is surprising as the team that plays more proactively and confidently. The representative of kimchi controlled the ball, causing Uruguay to retreat deep in defense.

Uruguay starting lineup. Photo: AFP
Uruguay starting lineup. Photo: AFP
The starting line-up of the Korean national team. Photo: AFP
The starting line-up of the Korean national team. Photo: AFP

20h00: The game begins. Korea is the first to serve.

Players of both teams warm up before the match. Photo: AFP
Players of both teams warm up before the match. Photo: AFP
Players of both teams warm up before the match. Photo: AFP
Players of both teams warm up before the match. Photo: AFP
Players of both teams warm up before the match. Photo: AFP

Uruguay – South Korea line-up

Uruguay: Rochet, Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Olivera, Valverde, Vecino, Bentancur, Pellistri, Suarez, Nunez.

Korea: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su, Hwang In-beom, Jung Woo-young, Na Sang-ho, Lee Jae-sung, Son Heung-min, Hwang Eui-jo.

Players from both teams were present at Education City Stadium. Photo: AFP
Players from both teams were present at Education City Stadium. Photo: AFP
Players from both teams were present at Education City Stadium. Photo: AFP

Spectators of both teams were present at Education City Stadium very early to cheer the home team.

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

The Korean team came to Qatar with the goal of improving their performance at the World Cup, when in the last two tournaments, they both stopped in the group stage. Therefore, both Uruguay and Korea try to avoid losing points in this match.

Son Heung-min’s fitness has been the most talked about topic in Korea for the past 3 weeks. The Tottenham striker broke his eye socket during the Champions League match against Marseille in early November. After undergoing surgery, Son Heung-min had to wear a protective mask.

However, good news has come to Korean fans when, before this match, coach Paulo Bento confirmed, Song Heung-min can play in the opening match of the 2022 World Cup final with the Korean team. .

Meanwhile, Uruguay are in good form since coach Diego Alonso replaced Oscar Tabarez late last year.

The tournament in Qatar is the fourth consecutive World Cup of the South American representative. This is also Uruguay’s first match after a 2-0 victory over Canada in September. La Celeste will certainly be confident with the growth of many talents.

In all competitions, the two teams have faced each other 8 times, of which 6 were friendly matches. Uruguay proved superior with 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.

In addition, the two teams clashed with each other twice at the World Cup playground. Uruguay had a better record, beating South Korea 2-1 in the 2010 World Cup and 1-0 at the 1990 World Cup.

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