- 24 Nov 2022 - 15:17(15:17 GMT)
Goodbye for now
We’re shutting up shop on this game, but there’s another one kicking off in less than an hour and you can follow the build-up to Portugal vs Ghana here. All eyes will be on a certain player with “7” on his back to see how he plays given the controversy recently.
Hasta luego and annyeong.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 15:10(15:10 GMT)
The World Cup of nil-nils?
There have been four scoreless draws in this tournament so far after the 2018 iteration in Russia only produced one. In fairness, there have been some very high-scoring games (we’re looking at you, England and Spain) so they’re at least keeping the average up.
Perhaps the lack of preparation time has meant defences are cancelling out attacks?
- 24 Nov 2022 - 15:03(15:03 GMT)
Korea marginally happier
Uruguay would probably have had designs on topping this group as there have been issues in the Portugal camp, and first place would have made for a much easier last-16 tie. They have Cristiano Ronaldo’s team next up and will be looking to get at least a point from that fixture now.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:57(14:57 GMT)
Full-time: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
A tense game that almost had several late goals but ultimately the sides cancelled each other out. Uruguay looked better after Suárez made way for Cavani but Alonso was generally outclassed by Bento in the tactical battle.
Hard to know what this means for the tight Group H, other than that it will probably go down to the wire.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:56(14:56 GMT)
South Korea hangs on as a late corner from Uruguay is caught by Kim Seung-gyu. Too much height on that delivery from de la Cruz.
95 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:50(14:50 GMT)
Son with head in hands
He’s almost scored there, but his strike is just wide after Sergio Rochet gave the ball away trying to play out from the back.
Seven minutes added on.
91 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:48(14:48 GMT)
Valverde hits the post!
The 20-year-old winger is taken off for Guillermo Varela in a final roll of the dice. Valverde hits the outside of the woodwork moments later with a shot struck with venom.
89 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:45(14:45 GMT)
One for the purists
This game has been an interesting tactical battle as South Korea’s system has gone up against the individual quality that Uruguay possess. However, it has lacked a goal to really kick it into gear.
85 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:43(14:43 GMT)
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:43(14:43 GMT)
The fans have enjoyed this match
To the steady beat of the South Korean drum, this match has been played with real intensity.
The quality of football has been high, even if it lacked a cutting edge.
The fans have given everything and have definitely injected some extra passion into the play.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:41(14:41 GMT)
Nuñez shoots just wide
The forward opens his body up well and is aiming for that far post after cutting inside on his right foot, but his shot slips wide the further it travels. Closest La Celeste have come to a goal in this half.
82 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:39(14:39 GMT)
Vina and de la Cruz are introduced for Uruguay with Olivera and Vecino are making way. Will it make the difference?
79 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:36(14:36 GMT)
Uruguay enjoying more possession now
South Korea enjoyed marginally more possession in the first half, but Uruguay now boasts 54 percent possession in the second half.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 24, 2022
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:35(14:35 GMT)
Paul Bento makes changes
Jae-sung, Ui-jo and Sang-ho are whipped off with Jun-ho, Gue-sung and Kang-in brought on for South Korea.
76 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:29(14:29 GMT)
No way through for Uruguay
A straight ball into Edinson Cavani almost leads to a shot on goal but his strike is blocked. Uruguay managing to hold onto the ball further up the pitch in this half and looking more of a threat.
71 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:27(14:27 GMT)
Diego Alonso takes a ball to the face
Alonso, the dapper Uruguay manager, gets hit in the face with a ball after Cavani bundles over a player near the dugout.
He looks a little confused and irritated – everyone else appears to find it amusing.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:26(14:26 GMT)
Kim Min-jae struggling
The centre back picked up a knock in that mazy run from Darwin Nuñez as he tried to challenge him, but looks like he’ll continue for now.
67 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:23(14:23 GMT)
Diego Alonso has clearly been reading this as he puts the 35-year-old striker on for Luis Suárez, also 35. He needed to do something to change this game as La Celeste are struggling to create clear scoring opportunities.
Nuñez makes a great run down his team’s left hand side after a beautiful ball from Diego Godín but his good work comes to nought.
64 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:22(14:22 GMT)
More cards likely as game progresses
This has been a physical game, and most of the challenges have been made without malice.
Now, you are seeing players fatigue, and the referee has dished out a yellow card.
We are on 12 fouls now but expect a few more as we enter the final third.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:19(14:19 GMT)
Good, clean fun
There have been no real refereeing controversies or dodgy decisions as both teams are just getting on with playing the game.
Only one minute was added on in the first half, which is evident of how much time the ball was in play.
60 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:16(14:16 GMT)
Cavani is warming up
The veteran forward is warming up along the sidelines.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:14(14:14 GMT)
Time for Cavani?
Diego Alonso’s team is again struggling to make much headway with the ball as South Korea have every avenue blocked off. The long balls to Nuñez are not sticking either and perhaps it could be time for a certain Edinson Cavani?
56 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:13(14:13 GMT)
$11 tickets for Qatar residents have done wonders for World Cup
Al Jazeera’s Faras Ghani reports from the stadium:
“The 40 Qatari riyal ($11) tickets for residents of Qatar have done wonders.
“It has made the World Cup – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most – affordable and has allowed families to watch more than one game without thinking about their wallets too much.
“Remember, the minimum wage in Qatar set by the government is 1,000 riyals ($274), which isn’t really that great.
“And the view is great too!”
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:10(14:10 GMT)
Korea knocking on the door
Son again almost gets past Giménez and free into the Uruguayan box but a last ditch tackle from the Atletico Madrid defender stops him. Lovely play from the forward and he’s getting more dangerous as the game progresses.
52 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:08(14:08 GMT)
Cáceres says ‘no’
Son tries some fancy footwork down the left flank but Martín Cáceres is having none of it and cleanly tackles the South Korean. Looking lively though, so the face mask clearly isn’t too off-putting for him.
48 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 14:04(14:04 GMT)
Second half, here we come!
Uruguay starts the second 45 minutes playing right to left in this half.
No changes from either side yet.
46 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:59(13:59 GMT)
Olivera has been busy all over the pitch
He may have overhit a pass that would have seen Nunez go one-on-one with the goalie, but Olivera has been working hard all over the pitch.
Mathias Olivera’s first half by numbers vs. South Korea:
70% pass accuracy
4/4 ground duels won
3/4 aerial duels won
2/2 crosses completed
2 key passes
2 tackles won
Trying to make something happen. 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/3CYgms0VEP
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 24, 2022
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:53(13:53 GMT)
The stats at half-time
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:49(13:49 GMT)
Every move by either side is being cheered
Al Jazeera’s Alexandra Stanescu is reporting from the stadium:
It’s just one of those games where it’s almost impossible to figure out which team has greater support in the stands.
Every move by either side is being cheered. A sea of blue blending into the red walls. With the neutrals carrying both flags. And the football on show isn’t that bad either.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:49(13:49 GMT)
Half-time: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
A half of football that bubbled away nicely without ever really catching fire. South Korea will be happier of the teams with the general flow of the game but both sides should have scored really.
Hwang Ui-jo skied his shot over and Godín came closer by hitting the post with a header. Set up for an intriguing second period.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:46(13:46 GMT)
Godín hits the post!
His header from a corner is textbook stuff, low and towards the far post but he is denied by the woodwork. That came from nowhere and Uruguay are almost ahead.
44 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:43(13:43 GMT)
Korean press working wonders
Uruguay cannot get it out of their own half as South Korea press high and win the ball back in dangerous areas. They are lacking that final ball but it feels like they will find it unless the rhythm of this game changes.
41 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:42(13:42 GMT)
A pleasant climate as atmosphere heats up in the stadium
It’s a warm afternoon in Doha, but it has begun to cloud over after a sunny start, and a light breeze is setting it.
Of course, the state-of-the-art Education City Stadium is air-conditioned, but it will still make a difference to the players who are going at it during this first half.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:40(13:40 GMT)
Uruguay looking lost of ideas
They’re passing it around their back four but can’t find a way through the Koreans who are working hard running side to side. Eventually, the ball goes out for a throw and they could do with an “out” ball.
38 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:37(13:37 GMT)
Hwang Ui-jo has to score
He’s free in the box 10 yards out and blasts it over the bar after a square ball. Awful miss but the space he found will worry Uruguay.
35 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:34(13:34 GMT)
Both teams seem very well matched in what is perhaps the most competitive group in the World Cup, with Portugal and Ghana also strong sides. At least something is going to script in Qatar.
32 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:32(13:32 GMT)
Seven fouls so far
No cards have been brandished, but it can’t be long before someone arrives late to a challenge.
These niggly fouls often give way to more serious offences once fatigue sets in.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:30(13:30 GMT)
Son causes havoc down his side’s left flank where they’re getting some joy, but his shot is headed to safety.
At the other end, Nuñez is nearly played through but Rochet gets to the pass first and beats it away.
28 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:27(13:27 GMT)
La Celeste dominating possession
It’s been a good period for Uruguay as they take their turn holding onto the ball as South Korea chase them. Nuñez hits a fresh air shot when trying to connect with a cross to the relief of the team wearing red.
25 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:23(13:23 GMT)
Valverde getting closer
A beautiful 50-yard pass from Giménez is taken down by Valverde and his left-footed shot is deflected over the bar. Uruguay should have had a corner but the referee did not see the touch.
21 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:21(13:21 GMT)
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:20(13:20 GMT)
Jin-su looking lively
His cross almost creeps over the keeper’s head after some good running down South Korea’s left. No clear-cut chances for either team yet as they feel each other out.
18 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:17(13:17 GMT)
First chance for Nuñez
It’s more of a half chance but the forward gets a glancing header after a hopeful lofted pass. Diego Alonso’s team showing that they are a threat in behind South Korea’s high line, which they’ll have to be wary of.
15 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:15(13:15 GMT)
This is a physical game
Tackles are flying in hard and fast. This match obviously means a lot to the fans and the players.
South Korean fans cheer every time their team approach the opposition’s goal.
Most tackles have been above board so far, but as the game progresses, we could see some cards dished out.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:11(13:11 GMT)
Uruguay sitting off
La Celeste seem happy enough to sit off their opponents and haven’t been trying to initiate a high press, most likely to save the legs of some of their older contingent. It’s allowing South Korea to dictate play and they’re obliging.
10 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:07(13:07 GMT)
Son gets hero’s welcome
The crowd goes wild every time the South Korean man gets the ball, which has been often as his team has dominated the opening stages. Uruguay have barely got their foot on it and are chasing shadows.
5 mins: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:06(13:06 GMT)
South Korea fans bring the noise!
The South Korean fans fill most of the stadium and have been chanting since kickoff.
They are fully behind their team, cheering them on with every touch.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 13:02(13:02 GMT)
South Korea get us under way wearing all red and playing left to right on your screens. Uruguay in sky blue and black shorts.
Here we go!
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:58(12:58 GMT)
Anthems sung with passion!
The Uruguay players looked incredibly serious during that rousing rendition of their anthem. Plenty of Uruguay fans clutched their Uruguay shirts and belted out the words passionately.
South Korea match that intensity with a loud and spirited anthem. A huge flag is seen in the stands. The fans are up for this match!
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:56(12:56 GMT)
Mismatch on the flanks
Son Heung-min will be attacking down South Korea’s left, and running at the 35-year-old Martín Cáceres and 37-year-old Diego Godín in Uruguay’s defence. They’ll need all their combined experience to keep the Spurs man quiet.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:54(12:54 GMT)
12 years since that moment …
The last time South Korea met Uruguay at the World Cup, La Celeste emerged victorious.
They would go on to meet Ghana in the next round, in a match that would produce one of the most memorable (or infamous) moments in World Cup history, with Luis Suarez clearing the ball off the line with his hands.
A goal would have sent Ghana through, but instead, Suarez’s actions resulted in a penalty that Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed. Uruguay would go on to win the game with a penalty shootout.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:37(12:37 GMT)
An intriguing clash awaits us
The two teams last met in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Uruguay won that fixture 2-1 thanks to a Luis Suárez brace.
It is hard to pick out a clear favourite, but whatever happens, we should have a good game of football ahead of us.
Looking forward to this one 🍿
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 24, 2022
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:35(12:35 GMT)
All about Son
It’d be unfair to class South Korea as a one-man team, but like Senegal who lost Sadio Mane to injury prior to the tournament, many in the east Asian country feared the worst when Son Heung-min fractured his eye socket playing for Tottenham.
Thankfully for South Korea, the forward is fit enough to represent his country in Qatar, and previously said he’d risk further injury just to do so.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:26(12:26 GMT)
Can Uruguay pull off an upset?
Many think Diego Alonso’s team are unlikely to go deep in this year’s World Cup, although I’m not sure it’s possible to be considered as such when you’ve won the competition twice previously.
They certainly have the firepower upfront with Suarez and Nuñez likely to give any centre-back pairing sleepless nights.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:19(12:19 GMT)
Some facts to digest before kickoff
- Uruguay have the better head-to-head record against their opponents today, with the previous two meetings finishing in victories for La Celeste.
- South Korea have more World Cup appearances (11) than any other Asian nation, but only one win in their last six games at this level.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:10(12:10 GMT)
Son starts for South Korea
South Korea XI: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Jin-su, Kim Min-jae, Jung Woo-young, Hwang In-beom, Son Heung-min, Lee Jae-sung, Kim Moon-hwan, Hwang Ui-jo, Na Sang-ho, Kim Young-gwon.
Manager Paulo Bento had banned his players from discussing the fitness of their talisman Son Heung-min in the lead up to this game, but thankfully from their perspective he’s fit enough to play.
[𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗫𝗜] 우루과이전에 출전하는 🇰🇷축구국가대표팀의 선발명단을 공개합니다!
— theKFA (@theKFA) November 24, 2022
- 24 Nov 2022 - 12:04(12:04 GMT)
Diego Alonso with a surprise or two
Uruguay XI: Sergio Rochet, Martin Caceres, Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez, Mathias Olivera, Federico Valverde, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Facundo Pellistri, Darwin Nuñez, Luis Suarez.
Youngster Pellistri and veteran Caceres weren’t in many people’s expected line-up for today, but the rest is to form.
✍🏼 𝗟𝗔 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗔
— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) November 24, 2022
- 24 Nov 2022 - 11:44(11:44 GMT)
Domestic vs overseas
Most of Uruguay’s national squad play outside of the country, 12 in top European leagues. Striker Luis Suarez, defender Jose Luis Rodriguez and goalkeeper Sergio Rochet all play for Uruguayan Primera Division club, Nacional.
By contrast, 13 of South Korea’s players play in their country.
The question is: Does individuals’ experience playing football overseas count for more than the team cohesion achieved through a squad centred on a domestic league?
- 24 Nov 2022 - 11:28(11:28 GMT)
Who is in Group H?
Weighing in with an average world ranking of 28 and a spread of 52 rankings, Group H is the second-weakest. Portugal (9th), Uruguay (14th) and South Korea (28th) will be pushing hard for the knockout spots. Ghana (61st) will be looking to cause an upset and progress.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 11:19(11:19 GMT)
Who are the South Korea players to watch?
Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min is the face of South Korean football. Last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner was the highest scorer for the team in the World Cup qualifiers with seven goals.
While Son has struggled with his form with Tottenham this season, he enters the World Cup having scored four goals in his past six international appearances.
Son recently had surgery after suffering a fracture under his left eye in their Champions League game against Marseille, but coach Paulo Bento has confirmed he will be able to play today.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 11:00(11:00 GMT)
And what do we know about South Korea?
The Qatar edition will be South Korea’s 10th consecutive appearance at the World Cup and 11th in total. No team from Asia has played in as many world cups as the Taeguk Warriors.
The watershed moment for South Korean football came in 2002 when the national team made it to the semi-finals on home soil.
However, along with Uruguay, South Korea find themselves in a tough group, which also features Portugal and Ghana.
“Objectively speaking, it will be tough for us to make it to the round of 16,” former South Korea captain Park Ji-sung said at a World Cup trophy showcase event in Seoul in August.
While expectations may be low, hopes are still high. Park said that few had expected South Korea to make it to the semi-finals in 2002 and added that “with the support of our fans here, I think a trip to the round of 16 is possible”.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 10:43(10:43 GMT)
Who are the Uruguay players to watch?
This game might hinge on Edinson Cavani. The lean Valencia forward, formerly of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, is among the finest strikers of his generation, with more than 200 club goals and 58 for Uruguay.
Cavani is joined on Uruguay’s front line by their talisman, Luis Suarez.
Darwin Nuñez of Liverpool will also be fighting for a place in coach Diego Alonso’s preferred two-striker formation.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 10:30(10:30 GMT)
What do we know about Uruguay?
A lot has changed for La Celeste since the 2018 World Cup. Their manager of 15 years is gone, the youth core has matured, and the two key figures of the past decade are in the twilight of their careers.
The road to Qatar was a bumpy one for Uruguay, who were at risk of not qualifying at a certain point. But they made it, and now enter the tournament with high hopes.
“Uruguay will always try to compete at the World Cup to the maximum, to try to go as far as possible and why not be champions? Because we have the players for that,” said the country’s top scorer, Luis Suarez.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 10:07(10:07 GMT)
The venue: Education City Stadium
If you’re going by metro, take the Green Line to the Education City station. The stadium is about 20 minutes on foot from there.
There are also stadium express buses available from different points across the city, including Souq Waqif, FIFA Fan Festival and West Bay. They will start running four hours prior to the game and continue for 1.5 hours after the game ends.
Education City Stadium is located in a university campus hub 7km (4 miles) northwest of central Doha.
- 24 Nov 2022 - 09:55(09:55 GMT)
A tough fixture for both teams
Group H’s opening game may resolve a question on the minds of many: Who’s going to join favourites Portugal from the group in moving into the round of 16?
Ghana’s Black Stars, ranked 61 in the world, aren’t favoured to make it past the group stage – and Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to steer Portugal into the knock-out stages in his fifth and likely final bid to lift the World Cup.
That means the remaining spot is likely to be decided in today’s game.
Welcome to our live blog!
Today we bring you the latest updates leading up to and during the exciting Uruguay vs South Korea match.
Source: Al Jazeera