Sunday, June 27, 2010

Suarez double takes Uruguay to QF

14:00 GMT, June 26, 2010
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2 - 1
South Korea

Luis Suarez's double booked Uruguay's place in the World Cup quarter-finals as South Korea's adventure came to a heartbreaking end.

The Asian side looked to have turned the game around when Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-Yong cancelled out Suarez's early strike with 68 minutes gone. But amid a wintry downpour at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, the Ajax striker curled home a brilliant winner 10 minutes from time to confirm Oscar Tabarez's side as the first team to reach the last eight.

Scoring Summary

UruguaySouth Korea
Luis Suárez (8')Lee Chung-Yong (68')
Luis Suárez (80') 

Man of the Match: Luis Suarez


  • Man of the Match: Luis Suarez - Having scored 49 goals in 48 games for Ajax this season, Suarez delivered on the world stage with two goals to see Uruguay through. He was not involved for much of the match, but he was clinical when the chances came and, in total, he was on target with five of his six shots.

  • Uruguay verdict: Despite South Korea having much of the possession, Uruguay were not tested too regularly and, while they were generally solid in defence, individual errors allowed South Korea a way back on a number of occasions. Having looked unambitious after taking a 1-0 lead into the second half, they stepped up their game impressively when Lee Chung-Yong equalised in the 68th minute.

  • South Korea verdict: Energetic and hard-working, South Korea arguably had the better of the game but there was a distinct lack of cutting-edge. They were unfortunate to hit the post with an early free-kick before committing suicide for Luis Suarez' first goal.

  • Could do better: Fernando Muslera - The Uruguay goalkeeper gifted South Korea a way back into the match as he failed to deal with a free-kick before Lee Chung-Yong headed home. Such mistakes can prove fatal at this level.

  • Stat attack: Thanks to Suarez's 55th goal in 61 games this season, Uruguay advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1970.

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