World Cup 2022 – Uruguay – South Korea – 0 LIVE RESULT: Group H opener ends goalless, although Uruguay hit the post twice

LUIS SUAREZ could NOT find a nibble against South Korea as Education City remained hungry for goals.

The famous Chomper couldn’t prevail in this game and was ineffectively substituted on in the 64th minute.

He was banned three times for biting opponents, including Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, who knocked him out at the 2014 World Cup.

But he was part of a toothless Uruguay attack against South Korea.

It was Liverpool past and present as the 35-year-old veteran of four World Cups was paired with Darwin Nunez at the helm.

But when Nunez failed to find Suarez with a straight ball when a chance loomed, Uruguay coach Diego Alonso decided it was time to swap one 35-year-old for another as Suarez made way for Edinson Cavani.

Suarez’s contribution consisted of no shots, no chances, two touches inside the opposition’s box and just seven passes, one of which came from the kick-off.

Could Cavani do better? We know how much he loves his country, after all he asked to stay there for a few days after the international instead of returning to Manchester United and helping them in a Carabao Cup game against Middlesbrough during his time at Old Trafford.

He wouldn’t be happy either, although he was inches away from deflecting Nunez’s curling shot home with a flick of his forelock, instead missing and the ball rolled wide of the post.

On the other hand, no joy for Tottenham’s son Heung-min, who was largely starved of the ball.

The odd time it came near, South Korean fans roared for the Tottenham ace, who just made it to this World Cup after undergoing surgery on a fractured eye socket earlier this month.

He played in a mask but eventually became a Lone Ranger.

In the first half there was a chance for everyone to break the impasse.

After a very reluctant half-hour, South Korea seemed to have finally found the key to unleashing Uruguay’s defence. Jung Woojoung found Kim Moonhwan free in the box to deflect the ball into the danger zone in front of goal. No one was on Hwang Uijo, but he sat back and blasted a side shot over the bar.

He laughed at his own mistake, unfortunately none of his teammates joined in as they held their heads in their hands. Uruguay only shook the boards two minutes before half-time.

Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde swung a corner and captain Diego Godin rose highest to deflect a header into goal. The keeper was batted well but the ball hit the inside post and shot back over the goal before being turned back for a corner.

The woodwork rattled again for Uruguay a minute from time as Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde came forward and fired in a shot from long range that ricocheted off the left post.

A lot of material for both coaches.

Neil CustisSunSport



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