Uruguay hit the post and crossbar but generally failed to impress as they played out the fourth goalless draw of this year’s World Cup against South Korea.
Thursday’s 0-0 draw likely favors the Asian side, who worked hard at the Education City stadium against their fanciest opponents.
South Korea, with striker Son Heung-min wearing a mask to protect a broken left eye socket, always looked capable of scoring against the more experienced Uruguayans.
The South Koreans were quicker, pressing from the first whistle.
Some South Korean fans wore Batman-like masks in solidarity with Son.
However, in a game with few clear-cut chances, Uruguay had the clearest chances: Diego Godin headed the post from a corner in the 43rd minute and Federico Valverde hit it on the 89th.
Uruguay will then face Portugal in Group H while South Korea will face Ghana.
South Korea attacked from the start and Son excited the crowd every time he touched the ball. He only managed one threatening attack in the first half, however, and did less in the second.
South Korea always seemed faster than Uruguay, but not necessarily the most dangerous. The team’s best chance came in the 34th minute when Hwang Ui-jo launched a close-range attempt over the crossbar.
As the half progressed, Uruguay began to take more possession but still looked more cautious, taking less initiative despite the more experienced players.
Son collapsed early in the second half, with Martin Caceres receiving the game’s first yellow card.
Uruguay coach Diego Alonso sent Edinson Cavani for Luis Suarez in the 64th minute as the pace of the game slowed until Real Madrid’s Valverde hit the post from outside the box in the dying minutes.
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