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Uruguay v South Korea LIVE World Cup 2022: Result, final score and reaction as teams play out dreary stalemate

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea: Uruguay hit the woodwork twice through Diego Godin and Federico Valverde but couldn’t find a breakthrough

Jamie Braidwood
Thursday 24 November 2022 15:26 GMT
Suarez, Cavani and Nunez set to lead Uruguay attack vs South Korea

Uruguay defender Diego Godin and midfielder Federico Valverde both hit the woodwork as the South Americans were held to a 0-0 draw by South Korea in their opening World Cup Group H game.

Wearing a black mask to protect a facial fracture, Son Heung-min started for the South Koreans, yet it was team mate Hwang Ui-jo who came closest to breaking the deadlock, but he scooped his shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

The best chance of a pulsating first half fell to Uruguay captain Godin, whose glancing header from a corner hit the foot of the left-hand post just before the break.

Valverde fired a stinging shot in the final minute of regulation time that hit the top of the post as the two sides battled to a stalemate in front of a crowd of 41,663, with group rivals Portugal set to meet Ghana later in the evening.

Relive all the action with our live blog below:


Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

90 mins: CLOSE!

What is the Uruguay goalkeeper doing?! He plays it straight to Son on the edge of the box, with the foward taking a touch as defenders closed in. His takes aim with his left foot and is not far away, with Rochet diving to his left. Almost.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:48

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

89 mins: OFF THE BAR!

WOW - what an effort from Valverde! From 25 yards out, the Real Madrid midfielder lets fly with a stunning effort that rattles the cross bar, almost finding the top corner. So, so unlucky.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:47

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

87 mins: Time is running out for Uruguay - although they are now they only team who are pressing for a breakthrough goal. Bentancur swings a cross into Cavini. He has to stretch to reach it, but can’t direct it on target.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:45

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

84 mins: One of those days? Nunez now pops up on the right and cuts inside. He tries to find Bentancur with a reverse pass but overhits it, and it trickles out of play.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:41

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

81 mins: CLOSE! Almost a moment of magic from Nunez. He knew what he wanted to do after receiving the ball from Cavani in the left channel. Despite having an option outside of him, Nunez cut in and went for the far post. It shot past, with Cavini almost getting his head on it after continuing his run into the box.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:39

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

80 mins: The Independent’s sports editor Ben Burrows has been at two of the three goalless draws at the World Cup so far. His match today was Uruguay vs South Korea, and we are now heading for a third...

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:37

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

77 mins: Almost an instant impact from Cho Gue-sung! He brings down a pass and then flashes a half-volley wide from 30 yards.

Now a double change for Uruguay. Vina and De La Cruz come on.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:35

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

76 mins: Smart defending from Bentancur to read Son’s cross and cut it out at the front post. Then, Nunez is unable to control a long pass forward.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:33

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

74 mins: A triple change for South Korea. Among that, Kim Seung-gyu is off and will be left with the memory of his first-half miss. Cho Gue-sung will now lead the line.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:32

Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

71 mins: And then almost a chance for South Korea! Son just punts a pass forward with his left foot and with Kim Seung-gyu chasing, Rochet has to head clear from outside of his box.

Jamie Braidwood24 November 2022 14:29

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