World Cup pre-game: Uruguay vs. South Korea
Day 17, Match 1
Uruguay vs. South Korea, Round of 16
Date and location
June 26, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (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
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.
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.