A brace by Ajax striker, Luiz Suarez was enough to give Uruguay a 2-1 win over Republic of Korea earlier this evening. This makes the South Americans the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup.
It was a tired-looking South Korean team that went one goal behind as early as the 8th minute. As the match progressed though, they seemed the more motivated team, as Uruguay stopped pushing and began to sit back and defend.
Unfortunately, despite having most of the possession, poor finishing in front of goal proved to be the Koreans' downfall. They only managed to convert one of the 15 chances they had during the match.
When the Koreans equalized in the 68th minute, the match looked destined for extra-time. It was not to be. The equalizer brought life back to the Uruguay players and their determined efforts paid off in the 80th minute, when Luiz Suarez scored with a beautiful strike from just inside the Korean box.
Although eliminated from the competition, the Republic of Korea, led by Manchester United's Park, can hold their heads up high. They put up a good fight and played their hearts out in all their matches.
With the win, Uruguay paves the way to a South American domination of the quarter-finals, with a possible 4 teams from the continent making it into the final 8.
The USA play Ghana next to determine which team will play Uruguay for a place in the semi-finals.