Uruguay has some of the biggest names in world football, but South Korea has Son Heung-min.
Who: Uruguay vs South Korea, Group H
Where: Education City Stadium
When: Thursday, 24 November, 4pm (13:00 GMT)
FIFA Ranking: Uruguay (14), South Korea (28)
The opening game in Group H could be the one that settles a question on many people’s minds: Who is going to join Portugal from the group to advance to the round of 16?
The fourth team in the group, the Black Stars of Ghana, are ranked 61st in the world and are not favored for a first round exit. And Cristiano Ronaldo, barring some sort of natural disaster, will lead his Portuguese team through the knock-out stages in their fifth and potentially final bid to lift the World Cup.
That is, the remaining places are likely to be decided on Thursday in a little more than 90 minutes.
this game can last Edinson Cavani, The lanky Valencia forward, formerly of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, is one of the finest strikers of his generation, with more than 200 club goals and 58 in the Uruguayan shirt.
And Cavani is joined in Uruguay’s front line by Luis Suarez, always hungry for glory – when he’s not hammering opponents. While Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez will also be fighting for a place in coach Diego Alonso’s preferred two-striker formation.
Most of the Uruguay national team play outside the country: 12 play in the top European leagues. National teammate Suarez, defender Jose Luis Rodriguez and goalkeeper Sergio Rochet The only player in Uruguay’s 26-man squad to play in Uruguay.
In contrast, 13 players from South Korea play in their country. The question is: does the experience of top-quality European football matter for more than team cohesion achieved through a team focused on the domestic league?
Son Heung-min, of South Korea And Tottenham, meanwhile, is a man who can be counted on to deliver for his country in the big games. South Korean athletes who win gold at the Asian Games are offered an exemption from military service. With the pressure on while leading his team to the 2018 finals, Son provided both goals in South Korea’s 2–1 victory over Japan.
Nine of that 2018 Asian Games squad have joined captain Son in Qatar, including Olympiakos teammates Hwang In-beom and Hwang Ui-jo. This is a team whose bond extends beyond any pitch.
Any result other than a win for Uruguay would be disappointing. But South Korea, who knocked defending world champions Germany out of the 2010 World Cup, have shown they can pull off a comeback. and a team from Asia has already stunned a South American giant In this World Cup. Will there be a repeat on Thursday?