Rodrigo Bentancur and Heung-Min Son will be hoping to kick-start their respective World Cup campaigns when Uruguay take on South Korea at Al Rayyan on Thursday (November 24, 1pm UK time).
While both men are determined to get the win against the other in what could be the first of three head-to-head meetings between our players at this stage of the tournament, Harry Kane and Eric Dier’s England take on Ben Davies and Joe Rodon of Wales while Hugo Lloris and France meet Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s Denmark next week; both agree on one thing: both nations are set for a “particularly tough” campaign in Group H, with Ghana and Portugal also in the mix.
“I think we have a difficult group and to play against Son as well… South Korea is a very good team,” said 25-year-old midfielder Rodrigo, who recently passed half a century of caps for Uruguay.
“I have already played against Son in a couple of friendlies and I know how life can be for our defenders.
“He’s great in one-on-one situations, can shoot with both feet and is a lethal striker in front of goal. But with Uruguay we also have our own strengths, so I think it will be a great group stage.”