Uruguay – South Korea: World Cup 2022 – live | World Cup 2022

Another fun game – the one added minute tells us there’s a tempo – with no goals, but I feel pretty sure we’ll get at least one at some point.

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Uruguay (4-4-2): Rochet; Cáceres, Godín, Giménez, Olivera; Valverde, Vecino, Bentancur, Pellistri; Núñez, Suárez. Subs: Muslera, Sosa, Coates, Varela, Viña, Rodríguez, Ugarte, Torreira, Canobbio, De La Cruz, Arrascaeta, Torres, Gómez, Cavani.


South Korea (4-3-3): Kim Seunggyu; Kim Mooonhwan, Kim Minjae, Kim Younggwon, Kim Jinsu; Jung Wooyoung, Hwang Inbeom, Lee Jaesung; Son Heungmin, Hwang Uijo, Na Sangho. Subs: Song Bumkeun, Jo Hyeonwoo, Yoon Jonggyu, Paik Seungho, Cho Guesung, Hwang Heechan, Son Junho, Hong Chul, Lee Kangin, Kwon Kyungwon, Kwon Changhoon, Kim Taehwan, Cho Yumin, Jeong Wooyeong, Song Minkyu.


Referee: Clément Turpin (France)

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It’d take a particular kind of silliness to term as dark horses a country that has won the World Cup twice, made the last eight, the last 16 and the last four in the previous three tournaments, and been champions of South America 15 times. But Uruguay start this competition as outsiders, despite a pedigree rooted both in history and the contemporary.


Partly, that reflects the difficult of the group they’re in, but even so, the 40-1 at which they were available last evening is unreflective of a squad packed with class and wildness. Boasting José María Giménez at the back, Federico Valverde and Rodrigo Bentancur in midfield, with Darwin Núñez and Luis Suárez up front, Uruguay are absolutely not to be trifled with.


Nor, though are South Korea. Son Heung-min is fit – though perhaps not match fit – while Jeong Woo-Yeong’s Freiburg have made a fine start to the Bundesliga season. That gives them a decent goal-threat while, in midfield and defence, they’ve the solidity and security of players who’ve been together a long time.


Which to say that the Group of Death is go!


Kick-off: 4pm local, 1pm GMT

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Key events

Oh yeah, Paul Haynes sends us the flag of Zheleznogorsk.

Flag of Zheleznogorsk
Photo: Internet

Half email: “If you’re not already familiar with it, you should look for the Maryland state flag,” says John Powers. “It’s loud, it’s disgusting, and they show it everywhere…”

maryland flag
Photo: Internet

Half Reading: Brian McClair, rocket snot and soccer timing.

BREAK: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea

Another fun game – one added minute tells us the pace – no goals, but I’m pretty sure we’ll score at least one at some point.

45 min One minute will be added.

45 minNunes is now ahead, and it is logical – he has used up his strength on the flank, and Suarez is no longer the only striker he used to be. And Nunez runs to Inbeom, who stretches to make sure the foul is correctly called. Uruguay do nothing from the free kick.

44 min A decent corner, and Godin delivered it brilliantly, jumping with the kind of fury you expect to deliver with a powerful header that shakes the base of the far post! Oh man, that was serious behavior! But Uruguay one will have to be content with one more angle, which comes up to the present time.

Kim Seung-gyu watches as Godin's header hits the post.
Kim Seung-gyu watches as Godin’s header hits the post. Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP

43 min Uruguay strikes back at Valverde, who finds Pellistri and crosses to Suarez, but Yangwon passes the ball back.

41 min “The evil Welshman is here,” says Matthew Fry. “I have the best flag, it has a dragon on it. I would also put forward the Liberian county flags, they have a real “it took me ten minutes to paint MS” charm. I think the county of Maryland is my favorite.

Photo: Internet

40 min Jaesung makes a good run to the right corner, he wants to cross… and Godin is there to clear.

39 min More Korea possession, then Inbom decides he’s digging with 30 hitting the rear post.

38 min. Uruguay tries, but Korea’s defensive distance is really good and Veknino eventually goes out. So far, they have only created thanks to Jimenez’s long passes – they needed to pass the ball to Pellistri, who so far had very little of it.

36 min Uruguay full-backs create problems for their team. They are constantly caught either too close or too wide, which also tells us that Korean wide players move very well.

34 min Arrrrrrrrrrr! Korean pin Uruguay in his box and Moonhwan finds a great position to the right of the box, found by a great pass from Inbeam. The cross is ideal, choosing Wijo, who waits in a box alone; all he has to do is streak into the far corner, but his eyes light up, his head snaps back, and the ball flies overhead.

33 min. Sharing joy? letters to Matt Doni. “Richard Dawson’s new album The Ruby Cord is a thing of absolute beauty. Late game for album of the year. I can’t stop playing it. In more important areas (and I know I’m far from the first to voice this opinion), is there a strike partnership with more potential for chaos than Suarez and Nunez? Sublime, funny, everything in between, multiple times in a row.”

Then go on. I think this is my single of the year.

32 min South Korea does it wide with Jinsu, but his cross isn’t flat enough so Sanho has no chance of winning in the air against Caceres.

31 min

@DanielHarris The flag of Cusco, Peru is pretty cool. I think we should all be Peruvians for the duration of the World Cup pic.twitter.com/khcVjCiS2E

— Richard Morris (@richardmorrisuk) November 24, 2022


There’s also good beer.

31 min South Korea holds it for a while, acknowledging that the balance of the game has shifted against them.

29 min “In terms of flag talk,” says Jack Ball, “the lack of love for the magnificent flag of the Seychelles is alarming. Rounding out the top five are Barbados, Brazil, Kenya, and Bhutan. Bottom of stack, Nepal. Get that double triangular flag out of here!”

I agree with the Seychelles and Brazil, but respect Nepal for trying something different. I wish I could take pictures of them all, but I guess the game is on. I strongly, wholeheartedly recommend baby wipes with a world map on one side and world flags on the other.

27 min Ooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Olivera removes Bentnacour’s role as the counterattacking Uruguayan, and they have a man! It’s Darwin Nunez! But with so much space and time to measure the pass, Olivera loses himself by missing his pass when there was so much error for his teammate to hit the keeper.

26 min The first flash of a serious Son. He swerves off the left flank, completely deceives Olivera and swerves to the far post, but Godin is always ready to go.

Son Heung-Min has an effort on goal.
Son Heung-Min has an effort on goal. Photo: Maddy Meyer/FIFA/Getty Images

25 min He takes aim at Jimenez, a phalanx of bodies jumps, and the defender’s head bounces back and goes into the corner.

24 min Uruguay begins to assert itself, Valverde comes to the fore. He was grabbed by the neck, but I think Wooyoung will throw a free kick into the box from 40 yards…

23 min “With all due respect to the pain your wife went through during WC 2010,” says Admir Pajic, “can we throw the whole story about Suarez robbing Ghana in the trash? Suarez committed a professional foul to prevent a goal. He didn’t hurt anyone. He didn’t even bite anyone! He did not get away with it – he received a red card, which made him sit out world Cup semi-final match against the Netherlands. The referee made the right call to award a penalty to Ghana. Asamoah Gyan missed but even that was not the end for Ghana as they had a chance to win the penalty shootout. They didn’t. Maradona v England in 1986, Judge Byron Moreno v Italy in 2002 and Judge Peter O’Leary v Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014 went unpunished. Suarez served his time.”

I agree. The game tells you what will happen if you do certain things, Suarez did one of them and Ghana failed to punish him.

22 min Better off Uruguay, another great pass from Jimenez, this time to the right, which allowed Pellistri to soften a cross that Nunes, running, jumping and hitting, couldn’t possibly match. Suarez returns the ball but Korea is clean.

19 min But then, out of nowhere, Jiménez makes a great pass midway into the box, and Valverde tries to take control of the ball. But when he tries to re-form and find a shooting line, a defender intervenes and the ball goes behind him. It should have been a corner but Clement scores a goal kick.

18 min Korea stretches the game very well and once again Sanho holds wide to the right and they find him. He won’t be able to find a decent cross then, but his team is currently better.

17 min Another good transition, this time to the left, shows Jinsu rushing forward from the left-back position with Pellistri following slowly behind him, but a bad first touch means he can’t get around the cross before the ball rushes behind him.

15 minutes “Controversial names,” Eanna McCrait says. “The best should be Dennis Wise?”

Actually I meant first and last name, as in the case of Clement Turpin, but first and face? I like Mark Noble, but most of all I like Felipe Melo.

Mark Noble picks Paul Pogba's nose
Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

13 min Son throws a lollipop at Pellistri, so Cáceres holds out his hip to him to jump over it, no foul. Uruguay then rushes forward, Suarez passes from left to center to an oncoming Vecino, but he flies over his shoulder and he can’t control him, so Seungyu collects the ball easily enough.

11 min Uruguay is one of my top five flags,” says Steve Brennan. “Only France, the Most Serene Republic of Venice, the Dnipropetrovsk region and the Isle of Man are better.”

My offhand: Uganda, Macedonia, Colombia, Italy, Ghana.

10 minutes Serious challenge from Valverde puts Uruguay off, but they can’t make the most of the throw deep inside the Korean half and immediately the Korean spring. They can’t do anything about the opportunity, but they didn’t come to disappoint. Meanwhile, Uruguay is not playing the 4-4-2 formation that I expected; Nunes on the left, Pellistri on the right, Valverde in the middle.

8 min This time, Son goes to the near post, something like Anderton for Sheringham, but again Nunez stands up for him.

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