Uruguay faltered of their World Cup opener towards a vigorous and energetic South Korea after they have been held to a 0-0 attract Group H on Thursday in a contest the place each groups struggled to seek out the medical edge.
Clear-cut probabilities have been uncommon for both aspect on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium and though Uruguay created extra goalscoring alternatives, neither crew have been in a position to register a shot heading in the right direction.
Uruguay captain Diego Godin was denied by the woodwork whereas South Korea ahead Hwang Ui-jo blasted over the bar with the aim at his mercy, leaving each groups to rue missed probabilities earlier than group rivals Portugal and Ghana meet afterward within the day.
Uruguay’s first sight of aim got here within the nineteenth minute by means of Federico Valverde, who related with Jose Maria Gimenez’s go and took a contact earlier than firing a half-volley in direction of aim, however his formidable try went simply over the bar.
The South Individuals had begun to seek out their footing when South Korea, having been affected person thus far, disrupted their rhythm and launched a counter-attack from a Uruguay nook earlier than the half-hour mark.
Son Heung-min picked up the ball on the left flank and lower inside, skipping previous two Uruguay defenders earlier than curling a right-footed effort in direction of aim, however left again Mathias Olivera was in a position to clear it away.
South Korea ought to have taken the lead within the thirty fourth minute when Moon-hwan Kim fizzed the ball into the penalty space and into the trail of Hwang in entrance of aim, however the ahead couldn’t hold his composure and despatched it over the crossbar.
The closest Uruguay got here to scoring within the first half was simply earlier than the break, when centre again Godin rose highest to energy a header from Valverde’s nook nevertheless it bounced off the left put up and away from aim.