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Suarez leads Celeste into final eight
by Paul Kennedy, June 26th, 2010 12:09PM

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[URUGUAY-SOUTH KOREA] Luis Suarez scored two goals to lead two-time champion Uruguay into the final eight of the World Cup for the first time since 1970 with a 2-1 win over South Korea.

What we liked ...

-- Suarez justified his $40 million price tag with clinical finishing seen by few strikers at the World Cup. The Ajax striker was gifted his first goal in the 8th minute but hit a superb winner off the far post to win the game.

-- Suarez's second goal came against the run of play as South Korea dominated the Celeste and equalized on Lee Chung-Yong's header. Park Chu-Young of Monaco, Park Ji-Sung of Manchester United and Lee, the young Bolton Wanderers star, were again excellent for South Korea.

What we didn't like ...

-- Suarez's first goal was one of the easiest of the tournament. Diego Forlan's pass from the left side split five Korean defenders. Korean keeper Jung Sung-Ryong failed to get to the ball, allowing Suarez to stroke the ball home at the far post.

-- Uruguay chose to sit on its lead instead of going for the knockout punch.

-- There were huge sections of empty seats in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

ROUND OF 16:
June 26 in Port Elizabeth
Uruguay 2 South Korea 1. Goals: Suarez 8, 80; Lee Chung-yong 68.
Uruguay -- Muslera, Lugano, Godin (Victorino 46), Fucile, M.Pereira, Perez, Arevalo, Cavani, A.Pereira (Lodeiro 74), Suarez (A.Fernandez 84), Forlan.
South Korea -- Jung, Cha, Lee Young-pyo, Cho Yong-hyung, Lee Jung-soo, Kim Jung-woo, Ki (Yeom 85), Kim Jae-sung (Lee Dong-guk 61), Park Ji-sung, Lee Chung-yong, Park Chu-young.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany).
Att.: 30,597.



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