The South Americans had the better chance in Group H’s opening match, notching two goals from the woods, but in the end it was tied at Al Rayyan’s Education City Stadium. The complementary game between Portugal and Ghana started at 5 p.m.
Al Rayyan. The match started with a slight advantage for the South Koreans, whose star Son Heung-min wore a face mask due to an eye fracture. Uruguay only got into the game better after a quarter of an hour, an indication of this was a relatively narrow miss by Real Madrid professional Federico Valverde (19th).
Three minutes later, Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez missed a huge chance to put Uruguay ahead when he failed to find the ball from around six yards out. In the 43rd minute, the “Celeste” came very close to making it 1-0, but Diego Godin’s header from a corner landed on the post. The South Koreans only became really dangerous once in the whole game – Hwang Ui-jo shot well over the goal from a good position in the box (34th).
As the second half progressed, the match shifted more and more into the South Koreans’ half. Uruguay had a clear playful superiority, more than a Nunez flick from the edge of the penalty area at the far corner did not look out for the time being (81st). Uruguay almost scored the winning goal in the finish, Valverde’s long-range shot hit the post (89′). Practically in return, a Son shot hissed about a meter past the goal.
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