The returning Son Heung-min did not encourage South Korea because the Asian Tigers kicked off their World Cup Group H marketing campaign with a 0-0 draw with Uruguay in Qatar on Thursday.
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Uruguay captain Diego Godin and Actual Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde got here closest to breaking the impasse as they hit the woodwork in every half, whereas Hwang Ui-jo squandered Korea’s greatest likelihood, saving a shot from 10 yards with solely the goalkeeper to beat.
It was a match with few possibilities as neither the son of a staff nor Uruguay’s fearsome forwards Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani may discover a clear opening.
With matches towards Ghana and group favorites Portugal on the best way, each groups regarded extra intent on not shedding than pushing for victory on the Schooling Metropolis stadium in Doha.
The early a part of the match settled right into a predictable sample with Korea making a fast begin and Uruguay sitting deep, absorbing the stress with out giving something away.
Particularly, the South People stored silent concerning the Korean harmful man Son.
Uruguay created the primary clear likelihood when two raking balls throughout the sphere from centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez singled runners in from a nook.
Valverde clipped the previous over the bar, whereas Nunez did not make sufficient contact on the latter from simply eight yards with the objective at his mercy.
Shortly after the hour mark, Korea ought to have taken the lead after a deft passing transfer opened up Uruguay’s protection, however unmarked 10 yards out, Hwang shot the ball excessive over the bar.
Godin then got here closest to scoring when he hit the within of the submit with a header from a Valverde nook.
Neither staff has managed to suit their sport modifications into the sport, with Son clearly not fairly match, taking part in his first sport since surgical procedure on a damaged bone round his eye earlier this month towards Marseille within the Champions League.
Then again, Suarez, Uruguay’s all-time report main scorer, was a minor determine and was changed by fellow veteran Cavani halfway via the second interval.
Korea appeared more and more to accept a degree, however coach Paulo Bento introduced in fan favourite Lee Kang-in to inject some power and wit right into a weak facet.
Uruguay, nevertheless, stays essentially the most harmful staff and Cavani serves Nunez who shoots simply extensive.
The Koreans had their hearts of their mouths as Valverde hit an extended shot from the upright, earlier than Son shot extensive on the different finish as each groups had possibilities to win in added time.