World Cup pre-game: Uruguay vs. South Korea

Uruguay clashes with South Korea on Saturday in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in the first Round of 16 game at the FIFA World Cup (CBC,, 9:30 am ET).

Day 17, Match 1

Uruguay vs. South Korea, Round of 16

Date and location

June 26, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 

Broadcast details

Live on CBC and (9:30 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.

What's at stake

A spot in the quarter-finals in a match against the winner of U.S.-Ghana

Rogers pre-game show

Watch the Rogers pre-game show 30 minutes before kickoff as our panel of soccer experts provides up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.

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Player to watch for Uruguay

Diego Forlan — Who else could it be? The Atletico Madrid forward has two goals for his country at this tournament and has given defenders fits in South Africa. Forlan forms an effective partnership up front with Luis Suarez, so the Koreans better be leery.

Player to watch for South Korea

Park Ji-Sung — The Manchester United star is the chief organizer of his team's attack, with his sublime possession and expert passing skills. If Uruguay can contain Park, the Koreans will be in big trouble.

Key matchup

Cho-Yong-Hyung vs. Diego Forlan — The Korean defender will have his hands full trying to stop Forlan, one of the most dangerous strikers in the world. But if he and his defensive cohorts can do it, they will have given themselves a good chance to beat the South Americans. An early goal by Forlan would unsettle the Korean defence and make them chase the game.

The Uruguayan perspective

"We are trying to do what we had exactly in mind before the tournament. Now I don't think we've achieved that yet, but Uruguay is now a difficult opponent for anybody." — Oscar Tabarez, coach

The South Korean perspective

"We watched a few of Uruguay's games. They have quality and they are strong and their performances were great in the group stages. We have to prepare well for that game." —  Park Ji-Sung, midfielder

World Cup head-to-head

Uruguay defeated South Korea 1-0 in the group stage of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.