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Suarez fires Uruguay into quarters

PORT ELIZABETH, June 26 – Uruguay became the first country to make it into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over South Korea at a sodden Nelson Mandela Bay stadium here on Saturday.
Goals in either half from Luis Suarez earned Uruguay – who last made the quarter-finals in 1970 before finishing fourth – a last eight date with either the United States or Ghana – who meet later Saturday – in Johannesburg on July 2.

In a lively last 16 tie played out at a disappointingly only three quarter full venue South Korea almost caught Uruguay on the hop in the fifth minute.

A superbly taken freekick by Park Chu-Young from 25m curled past the Uruguayan wall only for the ball to ricochet off keeper Fernando Muslera’s right post.

Sloppy defending and poor goalkeeping by 2002 semi-finalists South Korea contributed to Uruguay taking control of the game three minutes later.

Edinson Cavani was the instigator of the move, the Palermo forward floating a high ball over to the left for Diego Forlan.

The in-form Atletico Madrid striker deftly slipped his marker to drill a sliderule pass across the Korean goalmouth.

Keeper Jung Sung-Ryong could have dealt with the danger but he seemed strangely lethargic in his reaction.

That was a pity for him as Suarez was lurking unattended to chip into an open goal from a tight angle by the right hand edge of the box.

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Once the South Koreans regained their composure they put together a handful of sharp attacking moves, with Park Chu-Young for one forcing a dive out of Muslera.

They went into the break a goal down but encouraged by having been for the most part the better side.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez made one change in defence after the interval, Mauricio Victorino coming on for Diego Godin.

Tabarez’s men had yet to concede a goal in South Africa but they were having their work cut out to keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet – Park Chu-Young missing the target with a close range volley on 55 minutes.

And Lazio’s Muslera did well to save captain Park Ji-Sung’s bullet header shortly after.

With the rain teeming down South Korea finally got the breakthrough they deserved in the 68th minute.

Ki Sung-Yueng sent in a high free kick from 30m into the area for Bolton’s Lee Chung-Yong to head home the failed clearance, Uruguay defender Jorge Vacile slithering after the ball into the netting.

But 12 minutes later Uruguay were back in front.

A corner taken from the right by Forlan found its circuitous way to Suarez who then unleashed a brilliant curling right-footed shot from the left hand edge of the area to leave Jung and his teammates stunned.

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With three minutes to go South Korea almost sent the game into extra time when Muslera failed to hold on to substitute Lee Dong-Gook’s shot.

As the ball slowly made its way towards an empty goal Uruguay captain Diego Leguano appeared on the scene to save the day.



  1. Monica

    October 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Thitu, you are on point like a finger! Finally, someone who sees my point of view. I think our society is obssessed with marriage hence the compromise. I am not against marriage but I also know that singlehood is a viable option much as society wants to stigmatise it. Great people we look upto like Paul, Jesus, Mother Teresa, Jeremiah etc were single. Matthew 19:12 (the Good News version) sums it up very well.

  2. Chris Wanjagi

    October 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Feel as though ur saying that married people are losing out on something… that God cannot use married people as much as single people.
    God was still the one who said “It is not good for man to be alone”
    Although there is some truth to this (God using single pple more), it still does not take away the fact that most of us are meant to get married. Or how would we “Go and fill the earth” if most of us aren’t meant to be married? Married people are also in God’s will. I wonder what could have happened if Adam could have said “I just wasnt meant to be married” Hehe!

  3. Levi magari

    October 26, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Makes a lot of sense.

  4. Mummy Tales

    October 26, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Marriage should only be entered into when someone is absolutely ready for it. And it’s good you realize that right now you’re at a point in your life when you’re not ready to accomodate a man in the form of a husband. The tragedy of today’s marriages is that not everyone adheres to this realization -even when they know it very well. Many people get married just to ‘fit in’, or to ward off pressure from relatives and friends. But at the end of the day, it’s your life and your happiness so you should do what suits you and not what others dictate of you. Nice article Thitu.

  5. Muraya

    October 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

     Nowadays people are justifying lack of wholesomeness in life by the name of God. Don’t get me wrong here. what i mean is sometimes people do not make an effort to try harder, they just sit around and say its Gods plans for me not to do this or to do that. it’s not that God wants you not get into marriage but the western influence has hit us hard in our African civilization at the root, meaning in our women. these day people are even justifying being homosexual and the sort through the name of God. enlightenment is making us lose the value which meant most in our existence.

  6. Anthony

    October 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I think the issue being addressed is that we should not bow to pressure.

  7. Flawsome

    October 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

    “Go before God and find out if marriage is in his plan for your life.” Put that in caps, bold font 72!!!

  8. demosthenes

    October 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Your argument against marriage hangs on God/Jesus/the Holy Ghost being a ready substitute for a fleshly companion (or companions, depending on how you like to play). So what about heathens (like me) who haven’t God in their lives? What’s the argument for us?

    • Supreme

      June 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Lol… Accept God into your life.

  9. keuna

    October 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    If you are to be single go the whole nine yards, ie, no chipsing just be alone and dont stress pple who are married. Also dont justify being single as a result of not being able to change your statua

  10. Curious

    December 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Funny what a discrepancy there is between the comments made by men and those made by women. Says a lot, I believe.

  11. Dan Kituku

    May 8, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I am a fan of your scripts but this one, you hit way below the belt!

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