Uruguay will be disappointed that they couldn’t find a way past a resolute South Korea after hitting the post twice.
Uruguay and South Korea tested each other in a fast-paced match but ultimately missed a decisive finish, with both sides ending in a goalless draw kicked off their World Cup campaign.
Fans from both sides spurred their teams on Thursday in what would have been an entertaining match without a goal at Doha’s Education City Stadium.
Uruguay, known as La Celeste, had Diego Godin’s header hit the post in the first half. In the 89th minute, Federico Valverde hits the post again with a long shot.
South Korea also had a few chances, but it will be a shame that Hwang Ui-jo couldn’t do more when he wasn’t marked in the 37th minute.
South Korean amulet Song Heung-min was fit to play with a face mask after he recently suffered an orbital fracture. Edinson Cavani He eventually replaced Luis Suarez in the second half.
Despite a series of attacking options, including Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, Uruguay were unable to break the deadlock. This is his fourth stalemate at the World Cup, and some games have been jerky.
Despite failing to score a goal, the atmosphere in the stadium was electric, with Korean fans beating their drums throughout the match.
Al Jazeera’s Faras Ghani was in the game. “This is just one of him in a game where it’s almost impossible to figure out which team has the bigger support in the stands,” he said. “Either side’s moves are cheered. Seas of blue blending with red. Neutrals have both flags. Football on show isn’t too bad either.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will face Ghana in the other group match later on Thursday.