I suspect South Korea will hope to surpass Uruguay in midfield – although I expect Valverde to intervene. I’m sure they also want Son, Uijo and Sangho running after Godin and Gimenez.
Embolo was born in Yaounde; What moment was his goal.
Obviously, looking at the South Koreans XI, the presence of Son in it is the big story. As it was a facial injury he should be able to get going easier than if it was a muscle injury. I’m also looking forward to seeing how Inbeom is doing – he plays for Olympiakos and at 26 years old he should be entering this competition at just the right time.
Cameroon will regret the missed chances in the first half. They are in big trouble with Serbia and then Brazil.
Here’s one we did earlier:
Who expected Federico Valverde to become so good so quickly? Not me, I have to admit, but he comes to this World Cup in frankly appalling form, which I think is an interesting wrinkle of a mid-season tournament. I also wish Darwin Nunez would do something here – although his touch and degree can skew towards the avant-garde, he has an invaluable ability to both make things happen and be on stage when they happen, so tournament football should be too suit him . Otherwise, Facundo Pellistri, who has been struggling to get a game at either Man United or Alavés, is starting, which makes sense: when you’re playing with two forwards you need at least one winger and he can go either way.
Tangential to continue on an Atléti tip, Álvaro Morata, who scored the seventh goal in the 7-0 win, is one of my moments at the World Cup so far. I stick to my theory that Diego Simeone only bought him to make sure he would maintain a reasonable level of incandescence throughout each training session.
Taking a closer look at the teams, Ronaldo Araújo is not available for Uruguay. I doubt he would have played – Godin and Gimenez are too well hidden and know each other too well – but I’d bet he’s at least better than the former, just as he enjoys his old-school style of face-first defense.
Update after yesterday’s yellow car controversy: Green Car Hair Skriffle was warmly welcomed by the youngest Harris. I have yet to try it on the medium Harris, but you’ll be able to tell by my perpetual absence from blogs like this.
Only 15 minutes TV setup before this one; phew How do you fit 42 reports “from the English camp” and 27 “from the Welsh camp” in such a short space of time? At this point, including today, we only have five days of Tetris with quad play left. Make the best of them folks.
Uruguay (4-4-2): rochet; Caceres, Godín, Giménez, Olivera; Valverde, Vecino, Bentancur, Pellistri; Nunez, Suarez. Subtitle: Muslera, Sosa, Coates, Varela, Viña, Rodríguez, Ugarte, Torreira, Canobbio, De La Cruz, Arrascaeta, Torres, Gómez, Cavani.
South Korea (4-3-3): Kim Seunggyu; Kim Mooonhwan, Kim Minjae, Kim Younggwon, Kim Jinsu; Jung Wooyoung, Hwang Inbeom, Lee Jaesung; Son Heungmin, Hwang Uijo, Na Sangho. Subtitle: Song Bumkeun, Jo Hyeonwoo, Yoon Jonggyu, Paik Seungho, Cho Guesung, Hwang Heechan, Son Junho, Hong Chul, Lee Kangin, Kwon Kyungwon, Kwon Changhoon, Kim Taehwan, Cho Yumin, Jeong Wooyeong, Song Minkyu.
Referee: Clement Turpin (France)
It would take a special kind of silliness to call a country that has won the World Cup twice, made the last eight, last 16 and last four in the last three tournaments and been South American champions 15 times dark horses . But Uruguay enter this competition as underdogs, despite a pedigree rooted in both history and the present.
Partly this reflects the difficulty of the group they are in, but still the 40-1 they were available with last night reflects nothing of a squad full of class and ferocity. With José María Giménez in defence, Federico Valverde and Rodrigo Bentancur in midfield and Darwin Núñez and Luis Suárez up front, Uruguay are not to be trifled with.
Neither does South Korea. Son Heung-min is fit – if not fit – while Jeong Woo-Yeong’s Freiburg have made a good start to the Bundesliga season. This gives them a decent scoring threat while having the solidity and security of veteran players in midfield and defense.
What to say is that the group of death is loose!
Kick-off: 16:00 local time, 13:00 GMT