Uruguay dazzle Korea

2010-06-26 17:31

There was one hell of a party in Port

Elizabeth tonight after Uruguay stormed into the quarterfinals of the 2010

World Cup.

Partygoers disregarded the light drizzle to be treated to a

five-star performance by the two sides – and they enjoyed every moment of the


Without a doubt Luis Suarez was the star of the show as his brace

sank South Korea to take the South Americans to the last eight of the


Uruguay celebrated the final whistle from German referee Wolfgang

Stark as if they had won the tournament itself.

“La Celeste’s” march towards the title continues and they fancy

their chances in the last eight as they will play the winner of tonight’s

second last 16 match between Ghana and USA.

South Korea were not disgraced in defeat, as they threw everything

into the game and put up a big fight. They were unfortunate to be knocked out in

rather cruel fashion. Their only undoing is lack of a notable goal-scorer: they

missed lots of chances.

They fought gallantly and should keep their heads high knowing that

they stretched Uruguay to the limit and will go home with their integrity


After the boys were separated from the men in the group stages, the

real World Cup started here yesterday.

Knowing that they had only one chance to advance to the

quarterfinals, the two teams went hammer and tongs at each other. As early as

the fifth minute, South Korea had already asked questions, but Park Chu Young’s

free kick ricocheted off the upright with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera well


But while they attacked fiercely, they forgot to shut the back door

and when danger man Diego Forlan was given space to twist down the left flank it

was Suarez who said many thanks as he netted from an acute angle to give his

side a lead with their first real attempt.

But Korea, led by captain Park Ji Sung, were not prepared to go

down without a fight. In the second half they came back with only two things in

mind – attack and attack.

Uruguay could not be bothered to attack and they sat back in their

own half, absorbing the pressure. But something had to give and Lee Chung Yong

stunned them with a header in the 68th minute. Game on!

This was the first goal Uruguay conceded in this World


Suarez had the last laugh, however, when he curled a ball past

Ryong in the 80th minute to settle this tense

Thanks for the good

show, Suarez!


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