The old guard of Uruguay against the Korea of Son
MADRID, 23 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Uruguay and South Korea make their debut in the World Cup in Qatar at the Education City Stadium in Doha (2:00 p.m.), in a very open Group H and in a clash marked by the seniority of the 'Celeste' and its old guard and for the emerging quality of some South Koreans led by Heung-min Son.
Seniority against youth, block against individualities, static game against verticality and direct game. That would roughly be this Uruguay against South Korea. An unpredictable clash, especially seeing the surprises that this World Cup already holds at its start, within a group without clear favorites.
Without a doubt, this is the last dance for many Uruguayan historical players. The block of Luis Suárez, Edinson Cavani, Martín Cáceres, Diego Godín and Fernando Muslera, aged 35 and 36, comes to an end with their fourth World Cup after debuting in South Africa 2010 with a semifinal.
Some of them are no longer in the ideal starting lineup for coach Diego Alonso, who can nonetheless draw on his experience when necessary. But Diego Godín or Martín Cáceres still smell like the undisputed starter in the 'Celeste', who is looking for a worldwide success that he already achieved in 1930 and 1950.
In the previous meeting of Russia 2018 they fell in the quarterfinals, improving the round of 16 of Brazil 2014. The group has been renewed, especially in a powerful midfield formed by Matías Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde. A midfielder with claw but also with a goal. Perhaps his best line.
And that above Darwin Núñez seeks to consecrate himself and carve out a gap between the seniority and hierarchy of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez. And, in defence, Diego Godín is the absolute leader, although everyone in Uruguay hopes that Blaugrana player Ronald Araújo will recover from his injury and be able to contribute to the group in what would be his World Cup debut.
Even clearer is the media and football burden in South Korea, which falls entirely on the winger and Tottenham striker Heung-min Son. Whether Korea dances to his 'Son' depends in large part on him. But he won't be alone in Qatar, with Kang-in Lee or Seung-ho Paik by his side.
South Korea plays its tenth World Cup in a row in Qatar and has the wickerwork to pass in a Group H completed by Portugal and Ghana. The Koreans will try to get into the qualifiers for the third time in their history and take revenge for the round of 16 in South Africa 2010, when they fell to Uruguay (2-1) with a double by Luis Suárez for the South Americans.
URUGUAY: Sergio Rochet; Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Mathias Olivera; Matthias Neighbor, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde; Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez.
COREA DEL SUR: Seung-gyu Kim; Moon-hwan Kim, Young-gwon Kim, Min-jae Kim, Jin-su Kim; Seung-ho Paik, In-beom Hwang, Woo-yeong Jung, Kang-in Lee; Gue-sung Cho y Heung-min Son.
--REFEREE: Clément Turpin (FRA).
--STADIUM: Stadium of the City of Education.
--TIME: 14.00/World Goal.