Port Elizabeth - Uruguay advanced to the quarterfinal but it took everything it had.
The two-time World Cup champions subdued a tough and more than willing South Korea team 2-1 Saturday in an entertaining contest.
It was a brilliant strike by Luis Suarez that punched Uruguay’s ticket to the quarterfinals. With 10 minutes left, he stepped inside the penalty area and curled a 16-yarder just inside the post.
It was his second of the game.
Uruguay looked as if it would run South Korea out of the park early. A mistake by the Korean defence and goalkeeper Sung Ryong Jung, allowed a cross from Diego Forlan to find its way to Suarez. Suarez had the empty net to give Uruguay at 1-0 lead eight minutes in.
But the South Koreans have a reputation for never quitting and their quickness was always a danger.
Uruguay defended well though but in the second half decided to sit back. It gave South Korea the momentum they needed.
The equalizer came in the 68th minute when confusion in the Uruguay defence allowed a headed ball to get to Chung Yong Lee. He beat Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera to the ball heading the ball home for the 1-1 draw.
After Suarez’s second goal, South Korea put together several chances to tie but couldn’t connect.