Darwin Nunez made his World Cup debut on Thursday as Uruguay drew 0-0 with South Korea. Here’s what the media said about the Liverpool star.
Darwin Nunez couldn’t find a way through South Korea on Thursday. The Liverpool forward lined up on the left of Uruguay’s attack, a role he’s played for the Reds recently.
But even with Nunez, Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani as options, Uruguay couldn’t find a goal. This one finished 0-0 in something of a blow to both sides. Progression in the group will now surely come down to whoever can take something off of Portugal.
Nunez will be disappointed, then, but he did earn some plaudits. The Uruguayan media had some kind things to say about his performance.
El Pais gave Nunez a 6 out of 10 – a score only two Uruguay players matched. Fede Valverde’s 7 had him as Player of the Match, while Diego Godin earned praise, too.
They say Nunez played well very from the left, pointing out how he came close to altering the scoreline on a few occasions. The paper was also happy that his fitness held up across the 90 – one of the few whose did.
El Oral Deportivo didn’t score Nunez but they again pointed out how involved he was going forward. They also made sure to highlight his stellar defensive work on the left flank.
El Observador compared Nunez to Cavani in 2010 as a towering striker on the left wing. Again, his defending got a shoutout above all.
Darwin Nunez on World Cup debut
A fair amount to shout about, then. Nunez impressed with his performance, even if he couldn’t find a way to score. From a Liverpool perspective, it’s interesting to see him again performing well on the left.
That’s a role where Nunez looks particularly dangerous from the start of games. It wasn’t the plan and we’re not sure Jurgen Klopp keeps him there when Luis Díaz is back but it’s promising that his form there is continuing.
Hopefully, he can grab a couple of goals there over the next few weeks and return to Liverpool with confidence.