Hwang Ui-jo of South Korea might have made the miss of World Cup 2022 so far.
30-year-old Hwang joined Nottingham Forest in the summer from Bordeaux following the Ligue 1 club’s relegation but was loaned out to Olympiacos immediately. And though the Tricky Trees are struggling in the Premier League, they perhaps aren’t wishing they kept him in the fold after this stinker.
When the ball arrived from the right flank, it came with a fair amount of pace – but still… not hitting the target from around 12 yards out was massively disappointing.
It should be 1-0 South Korea! 🤦Hwang Ui-jo can’t believe he’s missed…#BBCWorldCup #BBCFootball
South Korea managed to hang on in during the first half with Uruguay coming closer to scoring. Darwin Nunez had to drop particularly deep to collect possession but the best chance of the half came when Diego Godin managed to connect with the woodwork, as the Koreans breathed a sigh of relief.
Korea – who fielded five players called Kim in defence and in goal – controlled a very different second half, limiting the Uruguayans to any real chances, with Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez failing to find former Reds star Luis Suarez when he broke through the opposition backline and slid the ball into the goalkeeper’s gloves.
With all the talk before the game about Son Heung-min, who was thought to be a doubt, the Tottenham Hotspur forward managed to get through the game with a face mask. Son injured his cheekbone during the Lilywhites’ Champions League win away at Marseille and hadn’t played competitive football since.
Luis Suarez and former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani, featured with the latter replacing the former as a substitute, to both compete at a fourth World Cup tournament each.
At least Hwang has contributed to something, though – Uruguay vs South Korea was the first game ever at a World Cup with absolutely no shots on target. History made, lads.