Tot­ten­ham star sees penalty saved but South Korea de­feat Uruguay

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Daily Mail

- South Korea de­feated Uruguay for the first time yes­ter­day de­spite Tot­ten­ham’s Son He­ung-min see­ing a penalty saved at the Seoul World Cup Sta­dium. Jung Woo-young scored their win­ning goal with 11 min­utes re­main­ing, send­ing a ca­pac­ity 64 000-strong crowd into rap­tures, af­ter Ma­tias Ve­cino had can­celled out Hwang Uijo’s 71st-minute opener. But South Korea had an ear­lier op­por­tu­nity to seize the ad­van­tage just af­ter the hour mark when


Se­bas­tian Coates fouled Hwang in the area. Son stepped up to take the penalty and Fer­nando Muslera saved the spot-kick only for Hwang beat Martin Cac­eres to the ball to poke home the re­bound.

But Uruguay lev­elled five min­utes later when Kim Young-gwon missed his tackle on Arse­nal’s Lu­cas Tor­reira, who burst into the box and teed up the un­marked Ve­cino for a straight­for­ward goal.

Korea claimed vic­tory with 10 min­utes re­main­ing when Suk Hyun-jun headed down a cor­ner that de­flected off the foot of Edin­son Ca­vani to Jung, who fired home.

It was Korea’s first vic­tory over Uruguay in eight at­tempts - hav­ing lost six of them - and is a ma­jor boost in their prepa­ra­tions for the Asian Cup in Jan­uary. They will con­tinue their build-up against Panama on Tues­day, while Uruguay re­main in the re­gion to take on Ja­pan.

VIC­TORY: Hwang Ui-jo (left) cel­e­brates with Son He­ung-min (sec­ond left) and team-mates af­ter scor­ing South Korea’s win­ning goal in their 2-1 vic­tory over Uruguay yes­ter­day.

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