Diego Alonso (coach of Uruguay), after his team’s draw against South Korea (0-0) on Thursday: “Both teams fought well. In the first twenty minutes, the Koreans put us in difficulty, especially in recovering the ball. We weren’t able to decipher how to press them, and we lost precision. But we managed to make some adjustments in the second half, we were more aggressive, and we were more players in the game.
We lacked a little fluidity, a little inspiration in the creation, but the team fought hard. We had set up a fairly attacking eleven, with almost three centre-forwards, with three midfielders who can hit. We lacked combinations in the middle of the field to release our wingers more quickly. Overall, I’m happy with what the players produced. Qualification will surely be decided at the end, especially with the result we obtained today. What happens on the second day, and even more so on the third, will be decisive