South Korea will try to end a winless streak against Uruguay when they host the South American giants for a friendly football match this week.
South Korea, ranked 55th in the September FIFA rankings, will face fifth-ranked Uruguay at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul on Friday. It will be South Korea's first friendly this month before taking on Panama on Tuesday.
South Korea have yet to beat Uruguay in men's football, only collecting one draw and six losses. The two sides last met in September 2014, and South Korea suffered a 1-0 loss.
Against Uruguay, Bento said he'll check whether his players execute tactics and display the team's style of play. The Portuguese tactician is especially looking to improve South Korea's offense, using players like Son Heung-min, Lee Jae-sung and Nam Tae-hee, who are expected to show their presence in the attacking third.
South Korean attackers will need to overcome Uruguay's solid defense that is led by Atletico Madrid's veteran defender Diego Godin. He is one of seven players from the Uruguayan squad that faced South Korea in the 2014 friendly.
Uruguay's star-studded squad doesn't include FC Barcelona star Luis Suarez, but Paris St. Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Girona target man Cristhian Stuani are ready to give stern tests to South Korean defenders.
Cavani, who won scoring titles in the Italian Serie A and the French Ligue 1, is known for his movement off the ball and goal poaching instincts, while Stuani is currently the hottest striker in the Spanish La Liga. Stuani scored 21 goals in the top Spanish league last season, and he is currently the leading scorer with eight goals this season.
In the midfield, South Korea need to deal with Uruguay's star midfielders who are with big European clubs. Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus, Lucas Torreira of Arsenal and Matias Vecino of Internazionale are likely to give a difficult time to South Korean midfielders Ki Sung-yueng and Jung Woo-young. (Yonhap)