FIFA World Cup - Group H
UruguayUruguay0South KoreaSouth Korea0

World Cup 2022: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea - nothing to separate teams in exciting goalless draw

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Education City, Qatar

Nothing could separate Uruguay and South Korea in their World Cup opener in Group H despite plenty of attacking quality on show in Qatar.

In front of a vibrant crowd at the Education City Stadium, the South Koreans frustrated Uruguay but did not create many clear-cut opportunities.

Their best fell to Hwang Ui-jo, who fired over the bar in the first half, before Uruguay captain Diego Godin headed a corner against the post.

Hwang stood with his head in hands afterwards, while team-mates fell to their knees in disbelief, all in front of a group of South Korean fans behind the goal, who were in fine voice throughout.

South Korea had controlled most of the first half but Uruguay began to dominate as the game wore on and they almost won it in the final minute of normal time when Federico Valverde's long-range effort crashed off the post.

There was one last chance for Tottenham striker Son Heung-min - South Korea's star man - but he dragged his shot wide, much to the relief of the Uruguayan supporters.

The draw leaves Group H wide open, with many seeing it as a three-way battle for qualification to the knockout stages between Uruguay, South Korea and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

Son and Nunez miss chances in competitive draw

The atmosphere around the stadium beforehand was fairly subdued but after kick-off there was relentless noise from a few hundred South Korean fans in one corner.

It was their players who took control of the game in the first half, playing some good build-up football and testing the Uruguayan defence from wide areas.

Son was often isolated on the wing but when he did have an occasion to run into space, he beat two players and whipped in a dangerous cross.

He was found on the edge of the box shortly into the second half too but Uruguay's Jose Gimenez made a crucial sliding challenge to deny him a shot.

Son was a threat only occasionally but the crowd often rose to their feet as their voices lifted in anticipation for what he could potentially produce - and he nearly came good in the final moments when he dragged an effort wide.

Uruguay's game plan was clear. They looked to play over the top of South Korea's defence at any opportunity, with Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez a threat on the counter-attack with his pace.

Real Madrid's Valverde almost got on the end of a long ball from Gimenez, while Nunez should have connected with a cross that came in from the right.

As the game wore on, Uruguay became more dangerous - Nunez broke away down the left but couldn't find a team-mate, moments before manager Diego Alonso used his wildcard with the introduction of former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani.

Cavani looked lively, almost connecting with Nunez's fizzing shot, which flew just wide of the post, but the South Korean defence held firm for a point which could prove vital in a competitive Group H.

Player of the match

Son Heung-minSon Heung-min

with an average of 7.88

Uruguay

  1. Squad number11Player nameNúñez
    Average rating

    6.85

  2. Squad number6Player nameBentancur
    Average rating

    6.48

  3. Squad number15Player nameValverde
    Average rating

    6.34

  4. Squad number21Player nameCavani
    Average rating

    5.83

  5. Squad number8Player namePellistri
    Average rating

    5.81

  6. Squad number9Player nameSuárez
    Average rating

    5.75

  7. Squad number3Player nameGodín
    Average rating

    5.74

  8. Squad number23Player nameRochet
    Average rating

    5.49

  9. Squad number16Player nameOlivera
    Average rating

    5.47

  10. Squad number2Player nameGiménez
    Average rating

    5.38

  11. Squad number22Player nameCáceres
    Average rating

    5.38

  12. Squad number7Player namede la Cruz
    Average rating

    5.12

  13. Squad number13Player nameVarela
    Average rating

    5.10

  14. Squad number5Player nameVecino
    Average rating

    5.01

  15. Squad number17Player nameViña
    Average rating

    4.90

South Korea

  1. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-min
    Average rating

    7.88

  2. Squad number1Player nameKim Seung-gyu
    Average rating

    7.46

  3. Squad number15Player nameKim Moon-hwan
    Average rating

    7.34

  4. Squad number3Player nameKim Jin-su
    Average rating

    7.29

  5. Squad number4Player nameKim Min-jae
    Average rating

    7.23

  6. Squad number19Player nameKim Young-gwon
    Average rating

    7.22

  7. Squad number6Player nameHwang In-beom
    Average rating

    7.04

  8. Squad number10Player nameLee Jae-sung
    Average rating

    6.93

  9. Squad number18Player nameLee Kang-in
    Average rating

    6.93

  10. Squad number17Player nameNa Sang-ho
    Average rating

    6.82

  11. Squad number5Player nameJung Woo-young
    Average rating

    6.77

  12. Squad number13Player nameSon Jun-ho
    Average rating

    5.98

  13. Squad number16Player nameHwang Ui-jo
    Average rating

    5.86

  14. Squad number9Player nameCho Gue-sung
    Average rating

    5.81

Line-ups

Uruguay

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Rochet
  • 22CáceresBooked at 57mins
  • 3Godín
  • 2Giménez
  • 16OliveraSubstituted forViñaat 79'minutes
  • 15Valverde
  • 6Bentancur
  • 5VecinoSubstituted forde la Cruzat 78'minutes
  • 8PellistriSubstituted forVarelaat 88'minutes
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forCavaniat 64'minutes
  • 11Núñez

Substitutes

  • 1Muslera
  • 7de la Cruz
  • 10de Arrascaeta
  • 12Sosa
  • 13Varela
  • 14Torreira
  • 17Viña
  • 18Gómez
  • 19Coates
  • 20Torres
  • 21Cavani
  • 24Canobbio
  • 25Ugarte
  • 26Rodríguez

South Korea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kim Seung-gyu
  • 15Kim Moon-hwan
  • 4Kim Min-jae
  • 19Kim Young-gwon
  • 3Kim Jin-su
  • 6Hwang In-beom
  • 5Jung Woo-young
  • 17Na Sang-hoSubstituted forLee Kang-inat 75'minutes
  • 10Lee Jae-sungSubstituted forSon Jun-hoat 74'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-min
  • 16Hwang Ui-joSubstituted forCho Gue-sungat 74'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 2Yoon Jong-gyu
  • 8Paik Seung-ho
  • 9Cho Gue-sung
  • 11Hwang Hee-chan
  • 12Song Bum-keun
  • 13Son Jun-ho
  • 14Hong Chul
  • 18Lee Kang-in
  • 20Kwon Kyung-won
  • 21Cho Hyun-woo
  • 22Kwon Chang-hoon
  • 23Kim Tae-hwan
  • 24Cho Yu-min
  • 25Jeong Woo-yeong
  • 26Song Min-kyu
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
41,663

Match Stats

Home TeamUruguayAway TeamSouth Korea
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Uruguay 0, Korea Republic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Uruguay 0, Korea Republic 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Guillermo Varela (Uruguay).

  4. Post update

    Kim Jin-Su (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Kim Moon-Hwan.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matías Viña (Uruguay).

  7. Post update

    Lee Kang-In (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hwang In-Beom (Korea Republic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Kang-In.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Korea Republic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hwang In-Beom.

  10. Post update

    Federico Valverde (Uruguay) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  11. Booking

    Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    José Giménez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Uruguay. Guillermo Varela replaces Facundo Pellistri.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodrigo Bentancur with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Hwang In-Beom (Korea Republic).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darwin Núñez (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.

  19. Post update

    Diego Godín (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic).

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