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PLAYER RATINGS: Suarez looked his age after a drab display in attack

PLAYER RATINGS: Suarez looked his age after a drab display in attack – but staunch defending from Gimenez and Godin kept Son quiet in Uruguay and South Korea’s forgettable stalemate

  • Uruguay and South Korea played out a lacklustre 0-0 stalemate on Thursday
  • Federico Valverde and Diego Godin both hit the woodwork for the Uruguayans
  • South Korea’s Hwang Ui-jo fluffed a huge chance in the box during the first half
  • Sportsmail has rated both teams’ players following the drab contest in Group G
  • Follow all the latest World Cup news, updates, views and build-up to games here 

The World Cup’s tally of lacklustre 0-0 stalemates continued in Group G as Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless affair at the Education City Stadium on Thursday.

Both sides were forced to settle for a share of the spoils after Diego Godin and Federico Valverde each struck the woodwork for Diego Alonso’s side, after Hwang Ui-jo squandered a glorious chance to take the lead for South Korea.

Sportsmail has rated both teams’ players following the drab affair in Al Rayyan.

 Uruguay were held to a 0-0 draw by South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Group G

Luis Suarez struggled to impress and was hooked off by boss Diego Alonso in the second half

Sergio Rochet 6

Solid when called upon. His error late on could have been punished if Son Heung-min had his shooting boots on. 

Martin Caceres 6

Reliable performance from the 35-year-old veteran, who dealt with South Korea well despite the yellow card. Offered little going forward.

Jose Gimenez 9

Best player on the pitch with dominance in the air and leadership at the back. Peppered South Korea with threatening diagonal passes in the first-half. 

Diego Godin 8

Unlucky to see his header crash the post. Dealt with South Korea’s long ball strategy well despite his ageing legs. 

Jose Gimenez put in a masterful defence performance alongside Uruguay captain Diego Godin

Mathias Olivera 5

Missed a glorious chance to slot Darwin Nunez through in the first half. Was more useful in defence.

Federico Valverde 7

Nearly snatched the win with a well-struck effort from distance. Defended admirably in midfield but never questioned South Korea with the final pass. 

Matias Vecino 5

Hooked off early after an inconsistent performance. Could have been far more progressive with his passing. 

Rodrigo Bentancur 6

Did the basics really well until he misplaced a couple of passes in the second-half.  

Valverde celebrated a recovery tackle as if he had scored a goal in the final stages of the match

Facundo Pellistri 5

Showed why Manchester United haven’t trusted him yet. Made the right runs but lacked potency in the final third. Never gave up running until his substitution.  

Luis Suarez 4 

Vacant until Diego Alonso hooked him off. Relied too much on the midfield creating for him and lacked the street fighter mentality he once had. 

Darwin Nunez 5 

Missed a solid chance in the first-half and looked lost on the left flank. Showed flashes of promise but ultimately failed to deliver.

Substitutes

Edinson Cavani (’65) 6

Nicolas de la Cruz (’79) 5

Matias Vina (’79) 5

Guillermo Varela (’87) N/A 

Uruguay endured a frustrating afternoon as South Korea held them to a 0-0 draw in Group G

South Korea

Kim Seung-gyu 7

Took pressure off the defence with a solid display between the sticks. Made saves when called upon and was confident from crosses. 

Kim Jin-su 6

Adapted well to deal with Pellistri after letting him through early in the first-half. Offered good width when Son Heung-min cut inside. 

Kim Young-gwon 7

Stayed compact and showed experience by keeping Luis Suarez quiet. Made a number of important blocks in the latter stages.

Kim Min-jae 7

Emerged a key leader at the back for the team. Nearly fashioned a good chance form a corner with a nifty flick. Shook off his knock and carried on stoically. 

Napoli defender Kim Min-jae emerged a crucial leader at the back for South Korea in the match

Kim Moon-hwan 6

Had a quiet afternoon in defence thanks to Darwin Nunez’s inefficacy on the left. Stayed compact and supported the attack well on occasion.

Hwang In-beom 5 

Looked desperate for a wondergoal. Too many long shots blighted promising positions for South Korea. Firmly anchored the midfield. 

Jung Woo-young 6

Dazzled Uruguay’s midfield with quick footwork and bursts of acceleration at times. Sometimes lacked the final pass.

Son Heung-min 6

Lacked his usual cutting edge. Still looked most like scoring but squandered decent half chance in the closing stages.

Son Heung-min sported a protective face mask after recovering from his eye socket fracture

Lee Ja-sung 5 

Couldn’t find a way around the Uruguay wall. Rarely took on the defence with direct running. 

Na Sang-ho 5 

Started well in the first-half but faded away in the second half. 

Hwang Ui-jo 4

Fluffed the best chance of the game. Cannot be missing those opportunities at major tournaments. 

Substitutions

Cho Gue-sung (’74) 6

Son Jun-ho (’74) 5

Lee Kang-in (’74) 5 

Hwang Ui-jo squandered a glorious opportunity for South Korea midway through the first half




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