PLAYER RATINGS: Suarez looked his age after a drab display in attack – but staunch defending from Gimenez and Godin kept Son quiet in Uruguay and South Korea’s forgettable stalemate
The World Cup’s tally of lacklustre 0-0 stalemates continued in Group G as Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless affair at the Education City Stadium on Thursday.
Both sides were forced to settle for a share of the spoils after Diego Godin and Federico Valverde each struck the woodwork for Diego Alonso’s side, after Hwang Ui-jo squandered a glorious chance to take the lead for South Korea.
Sportsmail has rated both teams’ players following the drab affair in Al Rayyan.
Uruguay were held to a 0-0 draw by South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Group G
Luis Suarez struggled to impress and was hooked off by boss Diego Alonso in the second half
Sergio Rochet 6
Solid when called upon. His error late on could have been punished if Son Heung-min had his shooting boots on.
Martin Caceres 6
Reliable performance from the 35-year-old veteran, who dealt with South Korea well despite the yellow card. Offered little going forward.
Jose Gimenez 9
Best player on the pitch with dominance in the air and leadership at the back. Peppered South Korea with threatening diagonal passes in the first-half.
Diego Godin 8
Unlucky to see his header crash the post. Dealt with South Korea’s long ball strategy well despite his ageing legs.
Jose Gimenez put in a masterful defence performance alongside Uruguay captain Diego Godin
Mathias Olivera 5
Missed a glorious chance to slot Darwin Nunez through in the first half. Was more useful in defence.
Federico Valverde 7
Nearly snatched the win with a well-struck effort from distance. Defended admirably in midfield but never questioned South Korea with the final pass.
Matias Vecino 5
Hooked off early after an inconsistent performance. Could have been far more progressive with his passing.
Rodrigo Bentancur 6
Did the basics really well until he misplaced a couple of passes in the second-half.
Valverde celebrated a recovery tackle as if he had scored a goal in the final stages of the match
Facundo Pellistri 5
Showed why Manchester United haven’t trusted him yet. Made the right runs but lacked potency in the final third. Never gave up running until his substitution.
Luis Suarez 4
Vacant until Diego Alonso hooked him off. Relied too much on the midfield creating for him and lacked the street fighter mentality he once had.
Darwin Nunez 5
Missed a solid chance in the first-half and looked lost on the left flank. Showed flashes of promise but ultimately failed to deliver.
Edinson Cavani (’65) 6
Nicolas de la Cruz (’79) 5
Matias Vina (’79) 5
Guillermo Varela (’87) N/A
Uruguay endured a frustrating afternoon as South Korea held them to a 0-0 draw in Group G
Kim Seung-gyu 7
Took pressure off the defence with a solid display between the sticks. Made saves when called upon and was confident from crosses.
Kim Jin-su 6
Adapted well to deal with Pellistri after letting him through early in the first-half. Offered good width when Son Heung-min cut inside.
Kim Young-gwon 7
Stayed compact and showed experience by keeping Luis Suarez quiet. Made a number of important blocks in the latter stages.
Kim Min-jae 7
Emerged a key leader at the back for the team. Nearly fashioned a good chance form a corner with a nifty flick. Shook off his knock and carried on stoically.
Napoli defender Kim Min-jae emerged a crucial leader at the back for South Korea in the match
Kim Moon-hwan 6
Had a quiet afternoon in defence thanks to Darwin Nunez’s inefficacy on the left. Stayed compact and supported the attack well on occasion.
Hwang In-beom 5
Looked desperate for a wondergoal. Too many long shots blighted promising positions for South Korea. Firmly anchored the midfield.
Jung Woo-young 6
Dazzled Uruguay’s midfield with quick footwork and bursts of acceleration at times. Sometimes lacked the final pass.
Son Heung-min 6
Lacked his usual cutting edge. Still looked most like scoring but squandered decent half chance in the closing stages.
Son Heung-min sported a protective face mask after recovering from his eye socket fracture
Lee Ja-sung 5
Couldn’t find a way around the Uruguay wall. Rarely took on the defence with direct running.
Na Sang-ho 5
Started well in the first-half but faded away in the second half.
Hwang Ui-jo 4
Fluffed the best chance of the game. Cannot be missing those opportunities at major tournaments.
Cho Gue-sung (’74) 6
Son Jun-ho (’74) 5
Lee Kang-in (’74) 5
Hwang Ui-jo squandered a glorious opportunity for South Korea midway through the first half