BfB Goes To The World Cup 2010 (Without leaving the front room)

The World Cup is inexorable and gives no time for taking a breath. No sooner has the first phase finished and sixteen teams have exited then the seventeenth have left and it is the South Koreans who lose 2-1 to Uruguay and the increasingly impressive Luis Suárez.

Uruguay never looked significantly troubled by the Koreans who did well to get back into a game they were largely second best in. Both teams looked capable of playing the ball around on a wet, bad surface but the South Americans has more direction in their play and in Suárez more of a cutting edge.

The two sides shared goalkeeping upsets when Jung Sung-Ryong allowed a Diego Forlán low cross to wend across the box and Suárez was able to put the ball into an empty goal while in the second half a Maurico Victorino weakly headed a free kick up in the air and keeper Fernando Muslera lost out to Lee Chung-Yong who headed in.

That the Koreans were back on level terms was the result of a mustering of effort by the Asians which seemed to be all they could gather. They struggled under increasingly determined pressure and buckled when a corner was drifted over and Suárez drifted back, took the ball under control and curled a sweetly hit shot past Jung Sung-Ryong.

An equaliser, and a the tie, seem beyond South Korea after the hectic four games they only get to take breath on the exit which follows. They have past the groups on foreign soil and take credit for that but in Uruguay they had a team which were beatable and will feel that they underperformed. The step of moving into the second phase on foreign soil is significant but as Korea, Japan, Ghana et al start to compete in the international game South Korea are left wishing that they had performed in this international game.

Uruguay go though, they should have faced a sterner test.

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