It is the fourth goalless draw of the World Cup, the South American favorites betray against the Asians
24 November – Doha (Qatar)
The posts stop Uruguay against Korea: a goalless draw with few emotions. The Asians controlled the game more in the first half but created only one chance to score and never hit the target, the South Americans closed the spaces carefully and were unlucky on Godin and Valverde’s shots, rejected by the pole in the final of the two times.
Korea immediately tries to take control of the situation and sets up a fast and maneuvered game which, however, hardly finds outlets for the good coverage of Alonso’s defense. Son, the Tottenham star, stays a bit off the dribble as his team enters more frequently on the right where active full-back Kim Moonhwan overlaps Na Sangho. On the other hand, we opt above all for long balls, partly dictated by necessity (the game doesn’t flow well) and partly by choice (that is, to surprise the opponents). In the 19th minute, a throw from Gimenez rewards the insertion of Valverde, who blocks with his right foot and sends high with his left foot. Three minutes later Nuñez had an opportunity with the same pattern: Gimenez’s throw, Pellistri’s tower, the Liverpool center forward anticipates the Neapolitan Kim Minjae but holes the ball. In the 27th minute Olivera wasted a counterattack by mistaking the measure of Nuñez’s pass. In the 34th minute the greatest Korean goal came from Hwang Uijo’s right foot, who lifted a splendid ball over the crossbar served low by Kim Moonhwan. And in the 43rd minute Godin headed the post from a corner, taking advantage of the Koreans’ zonal marking on set pieces.
The second half, for large stretches, is even more tactical and less exciting than the first. Bentancur tries to shake his teammates by raising the pressure and South Korea loses the ball in the game. In the 18th minute, Nuñez jumps up to speed with Kim Minjae, who injures an ankle slightly, but fails to serve the static Suarez. Korea combines very little in the opponent’s half, Pistolero is replaced by Cavani, but the biggest opportunity in the second half comes with a shot from outside: in the 44th minute Valverde hits the post with a tremendous right foot. Son’s effort went wide shortly after and nothing changed in eight minutes of added time.
November 24, 2022 (change November 24, 2022 | 16:05)
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