Uruguay and South Korea both missed chances to take the lead in their Group H opener as the game remained goalless at the interval.
In their 10th consecutive finals appearance, Hwang Ui-jo spurned a glorious opportunity for South Korea in the 34th minute when he fired over the bar from close range.
And as half-time approached, veteran Uruguay defender Diego Godin, in his fourth World Cup, thumped a header against the base of a post from a corner.
Liverpool's Darwin Nunez also narrowly failed to get on the end of a couple of crosses while Tottenham star Son Hueng-min, bar one curling effort headed away by Mathias Olivera, was a muted presence at the Education City Stadium.
Both these sides have ambitions of launching a knockout-stage bid as they seek to steal the limelight from Portugal, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are bound to draw much of the group attention.
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71st min: Son sets off in pursuit of along ball forward, but Uruguay keeper Sergio Rochet is out quickly to head it away just outside his area.
69th min: Uruguay hogging possession now. South Korea penned inside their own half, but staying disciplined.
65th min: That's Edinson Cavani on, and Suarez off. Little impact from the starting veteran. Can Cavani do any better?
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Two Uruguay legends swap places 🇺🇾
Cavani comes in for Suárez 🔄 pic.twitter.com/byZMFigMn0 — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 24, 2022
63rd min: Sensational long pass from Diego Godin finds Darwin Nunez out on the left. He skins Kim Min-jae but after getting to the byline, takes a touch too many and Kim Young-gwon gets back to take the sting out of his final ball.
60th min: Uruguay are readying Edinson Cavani for action. You'd imagine it will be his fellow 35-year-old Luis Suarez making way.
56th min: While we wait for play to resume, check out this sublime bit of skill from Rodrigo Bentancur - if you're in the UK:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Five-star skill moves here 😍
Rodrigo Bentancur with a Maradona 🔥👏#BBCWorldCup #BBCFootball — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 24, 2022
55th min: Son is down getting treatment after taking a sore one on his heel in a challenge from Martin Caceres. The Uruguayan defender gets a yellow card for his trouble.
51st min: Son Heung-min creates space for himself in the Uruguay penalty area, but a brilliant block from Jose Maria Gimenez prevents the South Korean star from getting a shot away. Son's corner is flicked on but Sergio Rochet punches it clear.
48th min: Luis Suarez chases a long ball over the top for Uruguay but the veteran striker is flagged offside. At 35 now, the wily forward probably needs that extra half a second to get ahead of the opposition defenders.
46th min: No changes for either side as the second half gets underway.
HALF-TIME: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea.
45th min: BREAKING NEWS: Only one minute of added time! That's a record for this World Cup.
43rd min: Uruguay hit the post! Jung Woo-young does well to get to a dangerous cross from Facundo Pellistri just ahead of Luis Suarez and from the corner, veteran defender Diego Godin thumps a header onto the bottom of the left post. Closest Uruguay have come to a goal.
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OFF THE POST!
It's been 6 years since Diego Godín scored an international goal and he came this close to ending that drought.#FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/NqiYtlI33x — TSN (@TSN_Sports) November 24, 2022
39th min: In-Beom Hwang tries his luck from distance for South Korea, but he can't keep it down. Optimistic from there.
34th min: Massive chance for South Korea! Great play from Kim Moon-hwan but when the cross comes in from the right, Hwang Ui-jo scythes it over the bar. Should have scored!
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What a chance for South Korea!
The build up was a thing of beauty but the finish isn't there as things remain scoreless 🔒 pic.twitter.com/Y84voIJRx5 — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 24, 2022
27th min: Chance for Uruguay as Mathias Olivera strides deep into South Korea territory but with Darwin Nunez outside him, he completely overhits the pass with the outside of his left foot. Poor.
25th min: Lovely bit of footwork from Son, who cuts inside Martin Caceres but his curling effort is headed away by Mathias Olivera.
21st min: Another superb ball from Gimenez out to Facundo Pellistri on the right wing and a first-time cross almost reaches Darwin Nunez, but the Liverpool striker can't get a foot on it. Uruguay threatening though.
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Ooof nearly from Nunez! 😬
So close to getting onto the end of this ball across to give Uruguay the lead...#BBCWorldCup #BBCFootball — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 24, 2022
19th min: Federico Valverde creates half a chance for himself by brilliantly controlling a long pass from Jose Maria Gimenez, but hooks his left-foot half-volley just wide of the right post from the edge of the area.
16th min: A good long ball sets Kim Jin-su away down the left flank for South Korea, but the ball had just gone over the byline before his hanging cross is dealt with by Uruguay keeper Sergio Rochet.
13th min: The pace has slowed after a fairly frenetic opening, both sides trying to play out patiently from the back.
8th min: Na Sang-ho gets to the byline to win a corner for South Korea, but Son, wearing a protective mask after recent facial surgery, doesn't quite connect properly with it and it curls away from everyone.
5th min: Liverpool's Darwin Nunez already looking a threat for Uruguay, and Na Sang-ho pulls him back with a tug of the shirt to prevent the 23-year-old forward escaping.
3rd min: Screams and cheers from the South Korea fans every time the ball finds its way to Son Heung-min. Fair to say they're very happy the Tottenham star has been passed fit to play.
1st min: The formalities are over, and we're underway at Education City Stadium.
5 mins from kickoff: Time for the anthems. Uruguay first, and now South Korea.
10 mins from kickoff: Which South Korea players might score a goal today to rank alongside these in their World Cup history?
✨ Park Ji-Sung
🚀 Son Heung-Min
🎯 Hong Myung-bo
Some greats of @theKFA have found the back of the net at the #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/nZMM6Z1Zqc — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 24, 2022
20 mins from kickoff: Getting close to game-time now. Expecting a thrilling match to get the action starting in group H, where every point could count. Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal get their tournament started against Ghana in the match following this one.
💭 The team top of Group H at the end of today will be...— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 24, 2022
45 mins from kickoff: Not an easy 90 minutes in store for the commentators...
Good luck to the BBC commentators for the Uruguay vs South Korea game pic.twitter.com/4CvK351Jfh — Matt (@MGH) November 24, 2022
50 mins from kickoff: Diego Forlan is in attendance at the Education City stadium and he's bumped into a fellow Manchester United cult hero in the stands. The iconic Uruguayan striker shared a photo on Instagram featuring Ji-Sung Park: the South Korean midfielder, Champions League winner and one of Sir Alex Ferguson's favourite sons. Just 212 international caps in this picture!
1 hrs 10 from kickoff: South Korea have released their lineup, lead by Tottenham's Heung-min Son. The prolific captain will be donning a face mask, as he is still recovering from fracturing a bone around his eye.
1 hrs 30 from kickoff: The Uruguay lineup has been released as we continue to count down to kickoff. South Korea will have their hands full with the front-three fielded by the Uruguayans. Many viewers will have their eyes on 20-year-old Manchester United starlet Facundo Pellistri, who starts on the left wing alongside Luis Suarez and Liverpool's Darwin Nunez.
1 hrs 45 from kickoff: South Korea have been drawn in a tough group but fans will still be dreaming of an appearance in the knockout rounds in Qatar. Their greatest World Cup performance took place on home soil, when South Korea and Japan shared a controversial 2002 tournament. The Koreans charged all the way to the semi-finals, stunning Portugal, Italy and Spain along the way.
대한민국의 카타르 월드컵이 시작됩니다.
국민 여러분 함께 달려주세요.#대한민국 #축구국가대표팀 더 뜨겁게, the Reds🔥 pic.twitter.com/YPKCVDXc6p — theKFA (@theKFA) November 24, 2022
2 hrs 15 from kickoff: As Uruguay kickoff their Qatar adventure, they also begin the final World Cup for two all-time greats. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have scored a combined 126 goals for their nation and in the twilight of their dazzling careers they'll hope to add to that total.
2 hrs 50 from kickoff: It's Luis Suarez back in World Cup action today which gives us the perfect opportunity to share this clip once again. There was simply no questioning the lengths the former Liverpool forward's was prepared to go to to ensure his team progressed. Here's his infamous handball against Ghana in the 2010 quarterfinals.
#OnThisDay in 2010, a handball by Luis Suarez prevented Ghana from scoring in the last minute and Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty - with Uruguay triumphing in the shoot-out to make the World Cup semis.#FifaWorldCup pic.twitter.com/3BmBJXXrKz — Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (@thegbcghana) July 2, 2019
3 hrs 30 from kickoff: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News' live coverage of this Group H opener between Uruguay and South Korea. There will be a lot of focus, as there always is, on one particular man in this group — with Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo to come for both these sides, along with African powerhouses Ghana. But don't be surprised if there are other headline-makers, and a few twists and turns along the way. Both these teams have plentiful talent of their own, who could grab the spotlight today in this opener. Let's get going!
📹 𝐄𝐥 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐝𝐞 𝐥𝐚 𝐟𝐨𝐭𝐨
¡Entrá a https://t.co/qVMBrYKoRh a ver cómo se hizo la foto oficial de #LaCeleste!#ElEquipoQueNosUne pic.twitter.com/HgbeBva0Br — Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) November 22, 2022
There were question marks pre-match around the fitness of Edinson Cavani and Barcelona defender Ronaldo Araujo, who will not take part in this game. Veterans Diego Godin and Luis Suarez both start.
Uruguay (4-3-3, right to left): 23. Rochet (GK) — 22. Caceres, 3. Godin, 2. Gimenez, 16. Olivera — 15. Valverde, 5. Vecino, 6. Bentancur — 8. Pellestri, 9. Suarez, 11. Nunez.
Tottenham star Son Heung-min has been passed fit for the World Cup to lead the South Korea attack, despite fracturing a bone around his eye earlier this month. He's expected to feature prominently in Qatar but will be donning a face mask to protect his injury.
South Korea (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. S. Kim (GK) — 3. J. Kim, 4. M. Kim, 19. Y. Kim, 15. M.H. Kwon — 5. Jung, 6. Hwang — 7. Son, 10. J.Lee, 17. S.Na — 16. U Hwang
The match will start at 4 p.m. local time at the Education City Stadium. Here's how that translates into timezones around the world:Date Time TV Channel Streaming USA Thu, Nov. 24 08:00 ET FS1, Telemundo fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Peacock Premium Australia Fri, Nov. 25 00:00 AEDT SBS SBS On Demand UK Thu, Nov. 24 13:00 GMT BBC BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website Canada Thu, Nov. 24 08:00 EST TSN TSN app Hong Kong Thu, Nov. 24 21:00 HKT — Now TV India Thu, Nov. 24 18:30 IST Sports18 Voot, JioTV Malaysia Thu, Nov. 24 21:00 MYT Astro Astro Go Singapore Thu, Nov. 24 21:00 SGT — MeWatch, Singtel, StarHub New Zealand Fri, Nov. 24 02:00 NZDT Sky Sports Sky Go NZ