Uruguay Reach Final 8
The South American side and two time World Cup winners beat 2002 hosts South Korea at a drenched Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium last night. The final score was 2-1, with striker Luis Suarez scoring a spectacular goal in the 80th minute. This is the only time since 1970 that they have reached the quarter finals and they will face African side Ghana in Johannesburg next week.
South Korean Coach Huh Jung-moo has praised his side for their display.
"My players never gave up, they were tenacious and rose to the challenge," he said.
"Uruguay were lucky enough to score, we lost because we weren't able to match them. We wanted to go to the quarter-finals and my players did their best but we didn't get there. We had lots of opportunities and I thought Uruguay was lucky to put in the goals."
Uruguayan Coach Oscar Tabarez hailed his side’s performance as mature if a little lucky.
"I think the team put on a display of discipline, maturity and class, and luckily Suarez scored that amazing goal," said Tabarez.
"I think Korea had a great match," he admitted. "Perhaps they weren't lucky and we were, but that's football. They surprised us with their approach and a different style of game. They tired us out. This confirms how balanced football has become around the world. Our victory was hard fought; it puts us into the quarter-finals and allows us to continue our dream."
Party Bets are offering odds of 21/20 for Uruguay to beat the African side, bet365 have them at 11/10 as do Boylesports.