The few teams that had not yet started their 2022 World Cup entered the fray today. This was the case for the Group H teams, with Uruguay and South Korea facing each other on this first day of the group stage. A highly anticipated duel, with a South American nation arriving with a fairly rejuvenated group compared to the last Worlds, and a starting eleven in which we found Darwin Núñez or Fede Valverde in particular. Note all the same the presence of the tauliers Diego Godin in defense and Luis Suarez at the forefront of the attack, while Edinson Cavani started on the bench. Opposite, there was in particular Son Heung-Min as the main danger, or the former Bordeaux player Hwang Ui-Jo, and an eleven mainly composed of players playing in the local championship.
The match started at a fairly high pace. A lot of intensity, but it must be said, quite a few successful technical gestures, and therefore few really concluded game sequences. The Asians put their foot on the leather, but struggled to move the solid Uruguayan defense. Gradually, however, Celeste managed to worry her rival, like this shot from Valverde, off target (19th), or this hot situation from Darwin Núñez (22nd). The two formations managed to fight their way towards the last meters, but were too clumsy in the last gesture. Hwang offered himself the best situation of the match, so far, but, alone in front of the doorman, he sent the ball over (34th). Shortly before the break, Diego Godin sent the leather, from the head, on the left post (43rd).
Not a great show
Enough to end a first period that was ultimately quite poor in spectacle, but with two formations of a similar level, both capable, in a flash of genius, of making the difference. The second act resumed at a fairly similar pace and dynamic, with Korea having the ball but sterile, and Uruguay trying to play in quick transition. Darwin Núñez was still quite dangerous when he passed the second, as on this action where his center was finally countered by a defender (63rd). In the process, Cavani replaced Luis Suarez at the forefront of the attack, while the former Barça and Atlético had practically no hot situations in front.
Consequence of the entry into play of the former Parisian or not, Uruguay began to have more bite, and found spaces more and more easily. On the right flank, youngster Facundo Pellistri was also starting to ramp up, although being a bit too clumsy when putting the ball in the box. Darwin Núñez tried his hand at the long shot, but his curl spun a few centimeters from the left post of Kim Seung-Gyu (80th), while Cavani was close to deflecting the ball. Unhappy, Fede Valverde sent him a mine on the post (89th), shaking the whole stadium. The game ended scoreless, and both teams took a point while waiting for the result of the duel between Portugal and Ghana at 5 p.m.
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