Uruguay v South Korea Preview

Uruguay v South Korea Preview

Mayes Yousef

The opening match of Group H at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 sees Uruguay take on South Korea at Education City Stadium.

Uruguay may have some of the world’s biggest names in football, however, South Korea has Son Heung-Min.

Group H will see Portugal advance to the Round of 16, but who else will join them?

Ghana aren’t favourites to make it out of the round, leaving Uruguay and South Korea to advance along with Portugal.

Most of Uruguay’s national squad play outside of the country: 12 play in top European leagues, in comparison, 13 of South Korea’s players play in their country.

Uruguay hosted and won the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, beating Argentina 4–2 in the final. They won their fourth and last title in 1950, beating host Brazil. They’ve appeared in the final a

South Korea made their debut appearance in 1954 and appeared consecutively in every edition since 1986. South Korea's best-ever performance is the fourth place at the 2002 edition of the tournament, which they co-hosted with Japan, thus, becoming the first team outside Europe and the Americas to reach the semi-finals.

South Korea also knocked out defending world champions, Germany from the 2010 World Cup.

Kick-off is at 16:00 Doha time.

Uruguay line-up: Rochet; Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Olivera; Bentancur, Vecino; Valverde; Pellistri, Suarez, Nunez.

South Korea line-up: Kim Seung-gyu; Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su; Jung Woo-young, Hwang In-beom, Lee Jae-sung; Na Sang-ho, Hwang Ui-jo, Son Heung-min.