Uruguay vs South Korea was the World Cup 2010 first knockout match. But Uruguay vs South Korea is the World Cup 2010 undercard, thanks to the USA-Ghana matchup. However, Uruguay quietly won Group A without giving up a goal, while the South Koreans are veterans that made it to the semis in 2002. Both teams set out to start the knockout round strong, although they wound up playing in the rain before the end. Although a scoreless streak ended, Uruguay vs South Korea filled the first World Cup 2010 quarterfinal slot for the Uruguayans.
Things started according to form for Uruguay, as their defense held yet again in the first half, and they got an early goal to go with it. Luis Suarez started it off in the eighth minute, with a goal that looked like to stand the rest of the way.
However, Uruguay vs South Korea became uncharted World Cup territory for the Uruguayans. The Koreans rebounded with a 68’th minute goal from Lee Chung-Yung, which appeared to steal the momentum. Yet as the rain came down in Port Elizabeth, Suarez had one more highlight.
Suarez nailed his second goal in the 80’th minute, with a right-footer kick off a turnover. That would be enough, as the Uruguay vs South Korea World Cup 2010 match sent the Uruguayans to the quarterfinals, for the first time in decades. The nation won the very first World Cup, and took another one in 1950, but is now looking to finally match those old squads.
America was watching this game closely, before the USA-Ghana showdown later today. If the Americans win, they will face Uruguay in the quarterfinals, and would have to try and crack their defense. However, South Korea was able to do it today, and outplayed them for stretches of the game. That was not reflected in the scoreboard, however, which is all that counts in the knockout stage.
The Uruguay vs South Korea match was a bitter 2010 World Cup ending for the Koreans. They started with a promising win over Greece, but were knocked back down to Earth by Argentina. A tie against Nigeria didn’t inspire any new hope, yet they had their chances in the second half.
Now the Uruguayans will dry off and get set for the quarterfinals on Friday, against either the USA or Ghana. The Uruguay vs South Korea World Cup 2010 match broke the Uruguayans dominance, which would give hope to the Americans if they got to face them. Yet Suarez and the defense remain a major problem.
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