Saturday, June 26, 2010

Luis Suarez Struck Twice As La Celeste Reach Quarterfinals

Uruguay and South Korea kicked off the second round of the South Africa World Cup in style when La Celeste stole the match 2-1 in dramatic fashion. Luis Suarez curled in a right footer in heavy rain to send Uruguay into the last eight of this tournament. His double in this match puts him in contention of the Golden Boot award.

Luis Suarez reminds me of a young Robbie Fowler. Just like the legendary Liverpool marksman, Suarez can stay totally inactive and only pounces when a chance presents itself. Like Fowler, Suarez finishes with so much composure and assurance that he rarely seem hurried. With Forlan and Suarez in top form, Uruguay is now a team to be taken seriously.

In spite of their exit, South Korea played their usual attacking game and did not shrink under the significance of the match. The Taeguk Warriors went behind from a defensive error but kept on pushing forward. They came close a few times before Bolton's Lee Chung-Yong equalised, but were let down by rash finishing. I had expected Korea's fast and skiful attacking play would be worrying for Diego Lugano but in the end, Uruguay had the Koreans in their back pocket. La Celeste defenders were excellent.

Uruguay's reward in the last 8 is a trip to Soccer City Jo'Burg and a relatively easy path to the semifinal where Brazil most likely awaits.

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