2022 World Cup: Uruguay, South Korea ends in goalless draw

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Uruguay and South Korea battled to a goalless draw in their Group H opener in Qatar.

The South American side started the with Darwin Nunezalongside Luis Suarez, while Heung-Min Son was fit enough to start for South Korea after his recent fractured eye socket, but none could make the difference despite a lively encounter in the Gulf nation.

The result leaves both sides' chances of reaching the last 16 wide open, as Uruguay prepare to face Portugal next, while South Korea meet Ghana.

South Korea came into the game with plenty of attacking prowess, but lacked a clinical edge in the 18-yard box. With their best chance coming after 34 minutes as Moon-Hwan Kim found Ui-Jo Hwang in space in the box, but he could only fire over the crossbar.

However, just before the halftime, Uruguay thought they had taken the lead as Diego Godin rose highest at a corner, but his header rattled the post before bouncing clear.

Uruguay went close again towards the end as Federico Valverde's fierce drive from just outside the box slammed against the outside of the woodwork, before Son went up the other end and lashed just wide himself from range.