Two-time winners Uruguay will launch their 2022 World Cup campaign Portugal vs South Korea Live Free Streams against South Korea on Thursday, November 24 as the second-favorites after Portugal to advance from Group H.
Diego Alonso’s side finished third behind Brazil and Argentina during World Cup qualification and have since experienced a mixed bag of form, losing 1-0 to Iran before beating Canada 2-0 in their last two fixtures ahead of the tournament.
Meanwhile, South Korea, who is about to star in their 10th consecutive World Cup, were undefeated during their last three friendlies against Costa Rica (draw), Cameroon (win), and Iceland (win).
Only Portugal, Ghana, Brazil, and Serbia have longer to wait before starting their World Cup journey, with Thursday the final day of fixtures in round one.
South Korea beat Uruguay for the first time in their history during their last meeting, triumphing 2-1 in an international friendly in 2018.
With the clash fast approaching, Sportsmail has compiled everything you need to know below as both nations look to make a positive start to the 2022 World Cup.
When is Uruguay vs South Korea?
Uruguay will face off against South Korea on Thursday, November 24 at 1 pm GMT, 8 am EST and 12 am on Friday AET (Australian Eastern Time).
Uruguay and South Korea go head to head in the opening game of Group H at the World Cup, with both sides looking to improve their fortunes from the last competition.
La Celeste reached the quarter-finals in 2018, while South Korea went out of the competition at the group stage for the second World Cup in a row.
With Portugal and Ghana making up the rest of a tough group, both of these sides will be desperate to start with a win and boost their chances of progressing to the knockout phase.
Here’s how to watch their Group H clash on TV and live streaming services.
The World Cup kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 20 — a date that was changed only months before the tournament — with the first group stage match, between Qatar, the host nation, and Ecuador. The group stage runs through Dec. 2, with up to four games each day.
The 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four, designated by the letters A-H, and each team plays all the other teams in its group once. The top two finishers in each group advance to the round of 16, which begins on Saturday, Dec. 3. After that, the World Cup is a straight knockout tournament, through the final on Sunday, Dec. 18.
The colossal tournament, which starts Nov. 20 and runs through Dec. 18, is a truly worldwide event. And the last time it was held, COVID-19 was a concept no one would have been able to grasp. (It would be another year before the first outbreaks of the pandemic would occur.)
Even for an event this grand, this year’s World Cup has a near-ludicrous number of dramatic stories that could unfold. This is, for example, likely the last year Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are likely to be on the pitch. The U.S. is looking to regain some lost pride after failing to make the World Cup at all in 2018. And Italy, normally one of the most dominant teams on the field, won’t be playing at all after failing to qualify.
It’s a lot to keep up with, even for the most rabid of football/soccer fans. But even if you’re just a casual fan of the sport, it’s a fascinating spectacle to watch. (And, if that weren’t enough, select games, including the semi-finals, taking place in the middle of the day in the middle of the workweek, giving you a wonderful excuse to ruin your productivity.)
Overwhelmed? Here’s all you’ll need to know.
When is the opening match of the 2022 World Cup?
The first kick-off will take place at 11:00 a.m. ET on Nov. 20 in Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar. The home team will face Ecuador in the only match of that day. (The rest of the week will be a lot busier, with 15 additional Group Stage matches.)
The World Cup kicked off on Nov. 20 and culminates with the final on Dec. 18 as fans of the beautiful game will get to experience what will be 64 incredibly entertaining matches. For those not traveling to Qatar, what better way to watch it than in 4K? Every single World Cup match will be streamed live in 4K on fuboTV (Try for free). Portugal vs South Korea Live
The 2022 World Cup is finally here. The United States, returning to the World Cup after missing out in 2018, looks young and exciting. Portugal vs South Korea Live
There are eight groups and 32 total teams, but only half of them will advance to the knockout stage.
It has already won what was expected to be its toughest group game, a 2-0 victory over Senegal on Monday. The Dutch may not need much more than a draw the rest of the way to reach the knockout stage.
The host nation has never qualified for a World Cup, let alone played in one. That pressure was on full display in Qatar’s opening match on Sunday; it fell, 2-0, to Ecuador.