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In a single stadium there have been tears of pleasure for South Korea. On the second, Uruguay’s emotional gamers tried to course of what had simply occurred to them.
As one other group reached a dramatic end on the 2022 World Cup, it was Son Heung-min and his teammates who have been overcome with pleasure as their place within the final 16 was lastly confirmed with a 2-1 victory over Portugal.
An inconsolable Luis Suarez and Co have been left in disbelief on the Al Janoub Stadium after Hwang Hee-chan’s stoppage-time strike had left Uruguay a purpose adrift of qualification, regardless of a 2-0 win over Ghana.
Right here, BBC Sport appears again on the contrasting moods as Group H was determined in tense trend.
Tears of ecstasy…
Evaluation from BBC Sports activities Chris Bevan watches South Korea on the Training Metropolis Stadium, Doha
It was about eight minutes after the ultimate whistle on the Training Metropolis Stadium when South Korea have been capable of get the occasion began.
Their gamers and coaches had watched the tip of Uruguay’s recreation with Ghana in a mass gathering on the pitch – and their hundreds of followers within the stands had completed the identical.
They have been gathered in massive teams watching small screens, all with their heads of their arms, keen from the African aspect to carry out.
When it was throughout, it flowed with pure aid. You did not even must see it for your self – it was evident from the deafening roar that got here from their supporters and the whole squad, shortly adopted by a dance of pleasure.
Certainly, South Korea’s followers had been bouncing all day and remained fired up when their group fell behind early or once they labored looking for a winner within the second half.
Iconic striker Son created the dream end they craved, establishing Wolves frontman Hwang to attain the stoppage-time purpose that was simply the beginning of their completely satisfied ending.
Some followers round me have been conscious that they put them over Uruguay once they scored, others simply knew they now had an opportunity to qualify. Everybody was anxious as they awaited their destiny.
Beneath us, the gamers additionally stood immobile till the tip of Uruguay’s hopes produced a implausible explosion of emotion that may reside lengthy within the reminiscence of all who witnessed this outstanding remaining.
Tears of anguish…
Evaluation from BBC Sports activities Shamoon Hafez watches Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium, AL Wakrah
Uruguay and Ghana have met twice within the World Cup and each matches have created unbelievable drama that shall be talked about for years to come back.
Pantomime villain Luis Suarez was the primary focus earlier than the sport, with Ghana followers vowing revenge for 12 years in the past, when he dealt with the ball on the road and was despatched off, earlier than Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing spot-kick.
Ghana went out that day on penalties and though additionally they left on this event, there shall be some consolation in figuring out that they took Suarez and Uruguay with them.
Seven minutes have been added and as information filtered by of South Korea’s victory over Portugal, a picture flashed up of Suarez sitting on the bench in disbelief.
Ghana’s followers cheered loudly at his distress, which was compounded on the remaining whistle once they failed to seek out an elusive third purpose that may have despatched them by.
Denied a late penalty when Edinson Cavani felt introduced down within the field, Uruguay took out their fury and frustration on the match officers in an unsavory end.
Suarez, 35, was in tears on the finish, comforted by 36-year-old centre-back Diego Godin, and each gamers might properly have performed their final video games for his or her nation.
Requested about his personal future, supervisor Diego Alonso mentioned: “It is too early to speak about it. Let’s await hours, days after which we’ll talk about. It is not the time to reply such questions.
“The primary day I believed in my gamers. We have been seventh [in the South American qualifying group] once I joined however they responded properly with outcomes and good soccer.
“I’m grateful for what they did and all the things we did alongside the way in which was good. I deeply remorse that we’re out of the World Cup.”
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