PEEEEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEEP. Game over. Uruguay leave winners but South Korea played admirably. They had their chances but Uruguay’s two real attempts at goal were all they needed to progress to the quarters. Ghana or USA await.
3 minutes of stoppage time.
87:00 – Korea have a great chance through Lee Dong-Gook and his scuffled shot slips through Muslera’s legs and trickles toward goal, but in the end Lugano has all the time to clear.
86:00 – Uruguay resorting back to defensive mindset. Amazing how a team can switch back and forth so effortlessly as a unit.
80:00 – GOOOOOOOOOAAAAL. Suarez with an excellent shot from the edge of the penalty box as he curls it over the defenders and off the post and in. South Korea 1 – Uruguay 2
75:00 – Well to answer my question from a couple of minutes ago…quite easily as Uruguay shift into attacking mode with some slick one time passing and intelligent runs. Unfortunately for the South Americans, their finishing touch is left wanting.
74:00 – Suarez misses an easy header as he is found all by himself at the back post but his header is very poor.
71:00 – South Korea really going for it as they attack down the right and waltz into the penalty area, but shot is softish and straight at the keeper.
70:00 – Question is how quickly can Uruguay switch from their complete defensive mentality to one that requires some real attacking intent.
68:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL. Lee Chung Yung gets a headed goal. From a free kick, the ball ricochets up in th eair and falls to the Korea striker who nods it in the goal. South Korea 1 – Uruguay 1.
65:00 – Uruguay resorting to a park the bus mentality. Don’t seem to interested in going forward.
58:00 – Park Ji Sung heads on goal but Muslera does well to dive to his left and holds on to the ball.
52:00 – Chu-Young Park with the best chance for South Korea, but he elects for power over placement and sends an open shot over the bar.
50:00 – South Korea with the first chance of the second half, as they come down the wing to the by line and a clumsy cross in the is dummied and falls to Chu-Young Park but it goes for a corner
Victorino on, Godin off.
PEEEEEEP PEEEEP PEEP. Half time – Uruguay leads 1-0 but possession is fairly even. Should be an exciting second half.
44:00 – Pereira juggles skillfully outside the box and has a shot that might have struck a Korean defenders hand, but Korea counter and win a free kick of their own in a dangerous position. Kick goes straight into the wall.
41:00 – Cha Du Ri catches Muslera off his line and sends in a dipping shot from about 45 yards out but the ball goes just over. Cheeky!
39:00 – Uruguay seem to be content to defend their lead as they get a free kick in a decent position but only send two players into the box.
37:00 – Uruguay are treating South Korea like a poor mans Spain, by letting them attack from out wide but shutting down anything that comes down the middle. South Korea are doing a decent job of going out wide and then cutting in with the ball versus passing it.
32:00 – Chu-Young Park tries his luck from out far, but his effort slices just wide. Korea working the ball very nicely.
30:00 – Defensive errors from both teams create dangerous situations for themselves, but Suarez is offside for Uruguay and South Korea’s quick attack doesn’t find anyone in the penalty area.
24:00 – South Korea pressing to try and get the equalizer but every shot opportunity is well blocked. Eventually Uruguay break with Forlan, but Korea scamper back to limit the danger.
17:00 – Both teams have slowed down after their initial frantic start.
8:00 – GOOOOOAAAAAL. Suarez taps in an easy goal from a Diego Forlan cross that the keeper inexplicably lets go and the Korean defenders are caught ball watching. South Korea were dominating possession but gave up a cheap goal. South Korea 0 – Uruguay 1
5:00 – Great free kick by Chu-Young Park. It goes over the wall but hits the outside of the post and goes out. Muslera and Uruguay breathe a sigh of relief.
2:00 – Both teams starting on the offensive. Park Ji Sung leads a three on three, but it’s well cut out.
TWEEEEEEEET: They’re off!
An attacking team versus a defensive team with some serious attack power. Something has to give!
South Korea: Jung, Cha, Cho, Jung-Soo Lee, Young-Pyo Lee, Ki, Jung-Woo Kim, Jae-Sung Kim, Ji-Sung Park, Chung-Yong Lee, Chu-Young Park.
Subs: Woon-Jae Lee, Oh, Hyung-il Kim, Nam-Il Kim, Bo-Kyung Kim, Ahn, Seung-Youl Lee, Dong-Jin Kim, Yeom, Dong-Gook Lee, Kang, Young-Kwang Kim.
Uruguay: Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Fucile, Arevalo Rios, Perez, Pereira, Forlan, Cavani, Suarez.
Subs: Castillo, Gargano, Victorino, Eguren, Abreu, Lodeiro, Gonzalez, Scotti, Alvaro Fernandez, Sebastian Fernandez, Caceres, Silva.
Welcome to the first game of the knockout stages. This match winners of Group A versus second place in Group B.