NEW DELHI: Two shots came off the post to Uruguay as they began their fifa world cup 2022 campaign with a frustrating 0-0 draw against South Korea at the Education City stadium in Qatar. Defender Diego Godin and midfielder Federico Valverde both hit the woodwork in the final stages of both halves in their opener Group H match.
It was a tight and compact defensive game with very few shots on target. Uruguay made 10 attempts on goal but only one on target, while South Korea managed 7 shots on goal with none on target. In the end, the two teams shared one earned run each in the game.
Clear chances were rare for both teams and although Uruguay created more scoring chances.

Uruguayan captain Diego Godin was denied by the woodwork while South Korean striker Hwang Ui-jo exploded over the bar with the goal at his mercy, leaving both teams regretting missed chances ahead of group rivals. Portugal and Ghana meet later in the day.
The first sight of Uruguay’s goal came in the 19th minute by Federico Valverde, who connected with Jose Maria Gimenez’s pass and took a throw-in before firing a half-volley towards the goal, but his attempt ambitious went just above the bar.
The South Americans had started to find their feet when South Korea, patient until then, disrupted their rhythm and launched a counter-attack from a Uruguayan corner before the half-hour mark.
Son Heung-min collected the ball on the left flank and cut inside, driving past two Uruguay defenders before curling a right-footed effort towards goal, but left-back Mathias Olivera managed to clear it.
South Korea should have taken the lead in the 34th minute when Moon-hwan Kim sent the ball into the penalty area and into Hwang’s path in front of goal, but the striker couldn’t keep his blood- cold and sent him over the crossbar.
Uruguay came closest to scoring in the first half just before the break, when centre-back Godin got the upper hand to power a header from Valverde’s corner, but it bounced off the left post and wide of the goal .
Gimenez made a crucial tackle to deny Son five minutes into the restart after a smooth move from South Korea, while Jung Woo-young blocked midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur’s powerful strike at the other end.
Uruguay saw more of the ball but found few chances to break through the South Korean defense until the closing stages, when Valverde unleashed a thunderbolt in the final minute of regulation time that hit the top of the post .
Uruguay will face Portugal on Tuesday, while South Korea will face Ghana on Monday in their second group match.
(With agency contributions)



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