Son and Suarez subdued in Uruguay-Korea World Cup stalemate

The returning Son Heung-min couldn’t encourage South Korea because the Tigers of Asia began their World Cup Group H marketing campaign with a 0-0 draw in opposition to 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 when hitting the woodwork in every half, whereas Hwang Ui-jo wasted Korea’s greatest likelihood, skying a shot from 10 yards out with solely the goalkeeper to beat.

It was a recreation of few possibilities as neither Son on one aspect nor Uruguay’s fearsome strikers Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani might discover a clear opening.

With matches in opposition to Ghana and group favourites Portugal to come back, either side gave the impression to be extra intent on not shedding than pushing for the win on the Training Metropolis stadium in Doha.

The early a part of the match settled right into a predictable sample as Korea made a quick begin and Uruguay sat deep, absorbing the strain with out giving something away.

Particularly, the South Individuals stored Korean hazard man Son quiet.

Uruguay created the primary clear possibilities as two raking crossfield balls from centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez picked out runners coming in at an angle.

Valverde clipped the primary over the bar, whereas Nunez did not make correct contact on the second from simply eight yards out with the purpose at his mercy.

Simply previous the hour mark, Korea ought to have been in entrance after a slick passing transfer opened up the Uruguay defence however unmarked 10 yards out, Hwang fired the ball excessive over the bar.

Godin then went closest to scoring when he hit the within of the put up with a header from Valverde’s outswinging nook.

Neither aspect might get their recreation changers into the match, with Son clearly not totally match, taking part in his first match since surgical procedure on a damaged bone round his eye suffered at first of the month in opposition to Marseille within the Champions League.

On the opposite aspect, Suarez, Uruguay’s all-time file goalscorer, was a peripheral determine and was changed by fellow veteran Cavani halfway via the second interval.

Korea more and more seemed to have settled for a degree however coach Paulo Bento introduced on fan-favourite Lee Kang-in to inject some power and guile right into a flagging aspect.

Uruguay, although, remained the extra harmful aspect and Cavani teed up Nunez who fired simply huge.

Korean hearts have been of their mouths when Valverde crashed an extended distance strike off the upright, earlier than Son shot huge up the opposite finish as either side had possibilities to win it in harm time.