Uruguay and South Korea Make History in FIFA World Cup After Disappointing Draw in Group H Opener

Uruguay and South Korea Make History in FIFA World Cup After Disappointing Draw in Group H Opener

  • Uruguay and South Korea failed to muster a single shot on target as both teams began their World Cup campaign with a disappointing goalless draw
  • It is the first time in the history of the World Cup that a game has failed to register a single shot on target since the competition started
  • The result leaves both sides' chances of reaching the last 16 wide open, as Uruguay prepare to face Portugal next, while South Korea meet Ghana

Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Heung-Min Son all failed to score as Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless draw, in their Group H opener at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Diego Godin's header crashed against the post while Federico Valverde saw his thundered long-ranger hit against the woodwork late on for Uruguay, as South Korea held on for a draw.

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Liverpool's Darwin Nunez could not inspire Uruguay to victory against a resilient South Korea team. Photo by Lionel Hahn.
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However, no team was able to muster a shot on target for the entire duration of the game, becoming the first match in World Cup history not witnessing any shot on target.

Uruguay has gone 465 minutes since they last conceded a goal in the group stage of the World Cup, with the draw against South Korea being their fifth such consecutive clean sheet.

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The outcome leaves both teams' chances of making it to the round of 16 extremely open, as Uruguay gears up to take on Portugal and South Korea prepares for Ghana.

Uruguay's Diego Godin makes history

Meanwhile, Diego Godin became the oldest player to feature at a FIFA World Cup for Uruguay, after putting in a strong performance in the Group H opener against South Korea.

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According to Sky Sports, at the age of 36 years and 281 days, Godin entered the history books for his country.

The game against South Korea was also Godin’s 15th start in the competition, which is the most of any outfield player for Uruguay at the World Cup.

Son and Suarez subdued

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Son Heung-Min could't inspire South Korea, as the Tigers of Asia started their World Cup Group H campaign with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay in Qatar on Thursday.

Uruguay captain Godin and Real Madrid midfielder Valverde came closest to breaking the deadlock, hitting the woodwork in each half.

Hwang Ui-jo wasted South Korea's best chance, skying a shot from 10 yards out with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Source: SportsBrief.com