two poles for the Celeste

two poles for the Celeste
two poles for the Celeste
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Emotionless draw between Uruguay and South Korea at the World Cup in Qatar. The two teams, making their debut in Group H, practically canceled each other out and there were very few scoring chances. The clearest happened on the head of the usual Godin on a corner kick in the 43rd minute, but the ball hit the post right in the middle. In the 89th minute Valverde’s shot also stopped at the crossroads. Disappointment for Celeste Suarez, Nunez and Cavani’s forwards who were blocked by the Korean defense made up of the four Kims.

After Argentina, another South American disappoints at the debut in Qatar. It is Uruguay that has been wrapped up by Paulo Bento and a well-placed South Korea. For the Uruguayans a game without ideas, also played with little intensity and a bit of bad luck to complete the work of a bad afternoon. Coach Lopez will have to think a lot, the senators were not enough. Behind Caceres canceled Tottenham’s Son well, Godin made the of him while in front Suarez and Cavani are no longer what they used to be, unfortunately. Also Darwin Nunez, on his first big break, he failed: for the Liverpool striker paid more than 80 million pounds a lot of dirty work, but never incisive in front of goal. Uruguay who has often tried to override the midfield with long balls, but the tactic hasn’t worked as expected, evidently. Demonstrating the two best chances that came from a corner kick and a shot from distance, both at the end of the two halves. In the 43rd minute Senator Godin, 36 years and 281 days old, topped as usual higher than everyone but stopped on the post. Same speech in the 89th minute when Varela’s missile stopped its run at the crossroads.

On the other hand, a good South Korea that has made order its best weapon. Homework done great with Paulo Bento who first thought about not taking them, getting the full result. Kim from Napoli was excellent and confirmed that he was in great shape, in the center of defense he managed the Kim “brothers” and team mates well. A lot of tactics and little emotion.

Uruguay (4-3-3)
: Rochet 6; Caceres 6, Godin 6.5, Gimenez 6, Olivera 5.5 (33′ st Vina sv); Valverde 6.5, Vecino 5.5 (33′ st De La Cruz sv), Bentancur 5.5; Pellistri 6 (43′ st Varela sv), Suarez 5 (19′ st Cavani 5), Nunez 5. Available: Muslera, Sosa, Coates, Rodriguez, Ugarte, Torreira, Canobbio, De Arrascaeta, Torres, Gomez. all.: Diego Martin Alonso Lopez 5.
South Korea (4-2-3-1): Kim Seung-Gyu 6; Kim Moon-Hwan 6, Kim Min-Jae 6.5, Kim Young-Gwon 6, Kim Jin-Su 6; Hwang In Beom 5.5, Jung Woo Young 6; Lee Jae-Sung 6 (30′ st Son Jun-Ho sv), Na Sang-Ho 6 (30′ st Lee Kang-In sv), Son Heung-Min 6; Hwang Ui-Jo 5.5 (30′ st Cho Gue-Sung sv). Available: Cho Yu-Min, Hong Chul, Hwang Hee-Chan, Jeong Woo-Yeoung, Jo Hyeon-Woo, Kim Tae-Hwan, Kwon Chang-Hoon, Kwon Kyung-Won, Paik Seung-Ho, Song Bum-Keun, Song Min-Kyu, Yoon Jong-Gyu. all.: Paulo Bento 6.
Referee: Turpin
Ammonite yourself: Caceres (U), Cho Gue Sung (C)

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For the first time in the history of the World Cup there were four 0-0 draws on matchday one.
Uruguay recorded five clean sheets in a row in the group stage of the World Cup, before Celeste the last national teams to do so in the tournament were Germany and the Netherlands in 1978.
Only England (11) and Brazil (nine) have drawn 0-0 more games than Uruguay (eight) in World Cup history.
Only England (six) have drawn more matches on their debut at a single World Cup than Uruguay (five).
South Korea kept two clean sheets in a row for the first time at a World Cup.
Uruguay have not scored in back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time since the period between 1986 and 1990 (three in that case).
Uruguay hit two woodwinds in a match at the World Cup for the first time since their match against South Korea in 1990.
Diego Godin (36 years and 281 days) is the oldest Uruguayan footballer to play at the World Cup, surpassing Obdulio Jacinto Varela’s previous record by 2 days in 1954 (36 years and 279 days).
South Korea has fielded a starting lineup with an average age of 29 years and 200 days – the last time they recorded a higher average age in the starting lineup at the World Cup was June 20, 1954 v Turkey (30 years and 277 days).

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