In its initial presentation at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Uruguay drew 0-0 with South Korea in the first match of Group H that also includes Portugal and Ghana. Diego Alonso’s team did not feel comfortable on the field of play thanks to the good approach of the Portuguese coach Paulo Bento who was in charge of annulling Federico Valverde, the best player of the Uruguayan team. With this result, both were left with a bitter taste in terms of the fight for a ticket to the round of 16 of the competition.
Uruguay kicked the South Korean goal 10 times but only two were on target: a shot that hit one of the posts by the aforementioned Real Madrid player and a Diego Godín header at the end of the first half. But in turn, Korea did not present much danger to the sky-blue goal since he did not record shots on goal in the 90 minutes of play.
Next, we go with comments about the performance of Diego Alonso’s team:
Uruguay v Korea Republic: Group H – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
Goalkeeper: Sergio Rochet – 5 – He had no problems or dangerous situations.
Right side: Martín Cáceres – 5 – The experienced LA Galaxy player did not interfere but controlled Heung Min Son every time he touched the ball.
right center back: Diego Godín – 6 – The team’s leader was confident despite having played his first official match in months.
Left center: José María Giménez – 5 – He was confident in the air but he seemed nervous with the ball at his feet.
Left side: Mathías Olivera – 4 – He could not show his best level nor did he create danger every time he launched himself into attack.
midfielder: Federico Valverde – 5 – The figure of the team could not take off his best game but he always looked for the opposite goal and had a shot off the post.
midfielder: Rodrigo Bentancur – 5 – He had a good first half and then his performance faded as the game progressed.
midfielder: Matías Vecino – 4 – He didn’t play a key part in the match but helped in defensive positioning whenever he could.
Rightmost: Facundo Pellistri – 4 – He did not have his best game and could not make the difference in terms of speed.
Leftmost: Darwin Núñez – 5 – The Liverpool player was the one who tried the most in attack but he did not have any attacking situations.
front center: Luis Suarez – 4 – He was seen out of rhythm and slow but he did not participate in the game nor did he have any opportunity in attack.
Substitute: Edinson Cavani (for Luis Suarez) – 5 – The Valencia attacker had no impact on the Uruguayan game nor did he have opportunities to score.
Substitute: Nicolás de la Cruz (for Matías Vecino) – 5 – The River Plate man proposed a game and asked for the ball but he did not cause any problems for the South Korean defense either.
Substitute: Matías Viña (for Mathías Olivera) – He did not have enough minutes to be scored.
Substitute: Guillermo Varela (for Facundo Pellestri) -He did not have enough minutes to be scored.
Coach: Diego Alonso – 4 – He was unable to resolve the South Korean team’s proposal and left an important player like Giorgian De Arrascaeta on the bench when the match called for the Flamengo player to enter.