Uruguay vs South Korea Highlights Video and Match Report

FIFA World Cup 2010 Uruguay vs South Korea Highlights Video, Match Report, Goal Videos

Played at Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Date: Saturday, 26 June 2010
Striker Luis Suarez scored a spectacular winner to earn Uruguay a place in the World Cup quarters-finals at the expense of South Korea.
Uruguay vs South Korea Match Report
It will be the first time since 1970 the two-time winners have reached the last eight, although they will feel fortunate to have ended their barren run having spent long periods of the game defending at the rain-drenched Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The South Koreans, who reached the semi-finals in 2002, were effervescent in their attacking third but flaky in defence, and that was exposed as early as the eighth minute.

Atletico Madrid's Diego Forlan was fed on the left and played a low ball across the six-yard area which was misjudged by keeper Jung Sung-Ryong and his statuesque defence but not by Suarez at the far post, who calmly slotted in for his second goal of the competition.

But apart from a penalty appeal when Alvaro Pereira's shot appeared to be blocked by the arm of Ki Sung-Yueng, it was the South Koreans who looked most likely to score for the remainder of the match as Uruguay set up camp in their own half.

Many of South Korea's good chances fell to star striker Park Chu-Young who was feverishly looking to add to his goal against Nigeria in the group stages.

And it could have been Uruguay chasing the game as early as the fifth minute had his free-kick curled three inches to the left rather than rattle Fernando Muslera's right-hand post.

The Monaco forward also went close with a fizzing 25-yard effort that swerved two yards wide before smashing a half-volley over the bar from inside the area after the break, when he should have made the Uruguay number one at least flinch.

But the South Koreans' luck finally changed for the better on 68 minutes when, from a free-kick, Bolton's Lee Chung-Yong pounced on Mauricio Victorino's attempted headed clearance, to nod in from eight yards.

It was the first goal Uruguay had conceded in the tournament and they came close to conceding a second when Lee Chung-Yong failed to put any venom into his shot inside the area after he was beautifully played in by captain Park Ji-Sung.

With the rain now teeming down inside the Port Elizabeth venue, it appeared that a mistake rather than a piece of skill would win the game - but the quality of 23-year-old Suarez ensured that the match would be remembered for something out of the top drawer.

With 10 minutes remaining, the potent Ajax forward lurked on the fringes of the 18-yard area as a corner was swung in from the right. He cut in from the left before curling in as sweet-a-strike as any in the tournament so far to leave keeper Jung Sung-Ryong rooted as the ball clipped the post on its way in.

The South Koreans pressed and should have taken the game into extra-time, but substitute Lee Dong-Gook's weak shot squirmed under the wet jersey of Muslera before it was comfortably cleared.

Uruguay will now play the winners of the match between Ghana and the United States in the last eight.

Uruguay vs South Korea line-ups:

Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 2-Diego Lugano, 3-Diego Godin, 4-Jorge Fucile, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 15-Diego Perez, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 11-Alvaro Pereira, 9-Luis Suarez, 10-Diego Forlan.

South Korea: 18-Jung Sung-ryong; 22-Cha Du-ri, 12-Lee Young-pyo, 4-Cho Yong-hyung, 14-Lee Jung-soo, 8-Kim Jung-woo, 16-Ki Sung-yong, 13-Kim Jae-sung, 7-Park Ji-sung, 17-Lee Chung-yong, 10-Park Chu-young.

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Uruguay vs South Korea Extended Highlights Video (11.03) mins

Luis Suarez 8 mins GOAL Uruguay 1-0 South Korea

Crazy goalkeeping and South Korea have paid the price. Diego Forlan crosses from the left along the six-yard box and for some inexplicable reason Jung Sung-Ryong comes for it, leaves it, and then looks on aghast as Luis Suarez has the simple task of slotting into an empty net at the back post.

South Korea Hand Ball by 16-Ki Sung-yong

Lee Chung-Yong 68 mins GOAL Uruguay 1-1 South Korea

Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Diego Lugano results in a free kick. Centre by Sung-Yong Ki,Chung-Yong Lee finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in.

Luis Suarez 80 mins GOAL Uruguay 2-1 South Korea

Luis Suarez scores a brilliant goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal.

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