Warming up before the first game against Korea
Focus on training after entering Doha
Possible ‘rehabilitation’ of Araujo colon
Rochet “Son comes out in the first game”
Ghana is still ‘stealth’
Uruguay, the first group stage opponent of the Korean national football team in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, focused on preparing for the match against Korea even at the opening ceremony of the tournament on the 20th (local time).
The Uruguay national team, led by coach Diego Alonso, began training for the first time in the afternoon immediately after entering Doha the previous day.
Uruguay’s players were immersed in preparation for the first leg of Group H against Korea at the Education City Stadium on the 24th at 10pm (Korea time). Third option goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa (Independiente) was absent due to the death of his mother, and while 25 people took part in training, players including Luis Suárez (Nacional) and Edinson Cavani (Valencia) were on the ball to keep the ball given to them by their teammates. The three players connected the ball with only their heads, and ran as the coach signaled through the small closely lined circles, then stopped and suffered.
Among the equipment placed on the ground during the first training the day before, a person wearing a red and black uniform reminiscent of Korea was drawn on a pile of virtual opponents, drawing attention, but the open training was not seen that day. Sergio Rochette (Nacional), the main goalkeeper of Uruguay, said in a press conference after training that he highly praised the leading Korean striker, Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and said that he is preparing for the game. Rochet said, “Son Heung-min is a world-class player. I’ve been watching and studying it for a long time,” he said. Rochet is likely to keep goal in the first leg of Group H. Anticipating that Son Heung-min, who is recovering from orbital fracture surgery, will play from the first game, he expressed confidence, saying, “I prepare for one-on-one situations specifically.”
Ronald Araujo (Barcelona), who is considered a ‘monster defender’ in Uruguay, is undergoing separate rehabilitation training. At the end of September, he injured his right thigh muscle and entered the final entry even after undergoing surgery, and Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo and others are discussing the possibility of losing the Korean War.
Ghana, the opponent in the second match, is still walking in the fog. In the last match, they showed enough power to beat Switzerland 2-0, but their movements in Qatar are hardly understood.
Senior Correspondent Lim Byung-son