The World Cup action continues as Group H kicks off this afternoon in Al Rayyan. Uruguay and South Korea at Education City Stadium, the two-time winners ready for a deep run with a well-balanced squad full of talent including the likes of Darwin Nunez and Federico Valverde as well as old heads like Luis Suarez, who starts today ahead with Manchester United’s Facundo Pellistri.
South Korea will be relieved that captain and talisman Heung-min Son is ready to play from the start in this tournament after undergoing surgery on facial fractures sustained in the Champions League with Tottenham. He will wear a protective mask as Paulo Bento’s side look for a positive start in what is on paper a very difficult group.
South Korea have not reached the knockout stages since 2010, while Uruguay reached the quarter-finals in Russia four years ago before being ousted by eventual champions France. Follow the match below with Standard Sport’s live blog!
34 minutes: Oh, this is a brilliant opportunity wasted by Hwang. By far the best in the game, and somehow he clipped it over the bar.
South Korea should be ahead. Poor technique leaning back by Hwang, who brings his hands to his head.
30 minutes: Some interesting stats are popping up on our TV screens this tournament, like “total receptions” and the “in game” portion of the ball possession figures.
Answers on a postcard from a data scientist, please. @DomBooth19 on Twitter, you know you want it.
Uruguay’s defense holds on in the minute.
27 minutes: Oh, that’s a terrible pass from Olivera after storming the Red Shirts. It was an easy ball for Nunez to pass, but it was hit too much and allowed goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu to collect.
26 minutes: A couple of set pieces for Uruguay yield very little, South Korea’s defense is good.
You get the feeling the power in this game is shifting a bit, though, despite a slalom run on the break from Son, which gets the crowds rolling.
24 min: He’s a popular man in the stadium today, even if he’s gotten a bit quiet in the last 10 minutes.
22 minutes: Finally the team in blue has arrived. They are not known for being open and attacking, but are now gaining a hold on possession, with Olivera moving inside from left-back to get the ball.
Suarez launches a cross from the left but fails to make contact well.
20 minutes: There was half a chance for Valverde, after a nice shot on the ball by Gimenez. A big diagonal left foot and it’s a difficult conclusion for the running midfielder, who scores just above. A first real glimpse from Uruguay.
18 minutes: After a rather hectic start, things have calmed down a bit, both on the court and in the standards.
Both Kims are offering plenty on the overlap for South Korea, especially Kim Jin-Su at left-back.
15 minutes: More pressure from the red shirts, with most of their attacks coming from the left. Uruguay win back though, and keep trying to beat the pace.
Man United’s young Pellistri has been quiet so far, but is starting to get the ball on that right flank.
13 minutes: More passes and skills from the South Korean forwards, after a nice nutmeg from Na prima (a Na-tmeg?).
Uruguay charged forward down the left but Olivera could not find Nunez’s run with his high through ball.