wug | tough task for yelverton

07 July 2019

Team Ireland Head Coach Greg Yelverton is expecting another physically draining test of his Men's Football Team when they play Uruguay later today in Caserta.

Team Ireland know that if they avoid defeat they are guaranteed to top Group A and advance to the Quarter Final where they will play either Russia or Japan on Tuesday night. Defeat does not rule out the Boys in Green from qualifying however they will have to be wary of the permutations of goal difference and goals scored if the result goes against them.

Ireland picked up their first win of the campaign in their opening game against Korea on Friday night and Yelverton acknowledges that the game will have taken its toll on some players physically. "It was a difficult game. The Koreans were very technical and play at a high tempo. Our lads showed good resiliency and character to come back from 1-0 down in the heat. Even at 9pm at night, temperatures were in the high twenties-low thirties. It is difficult for our lads to play in that. It did take us a while to adapt to the heat. Our lads have lost a lot of water weight so we need to have strategies in place to restore them to where they need to be and recover quickly. Our physio Johnny Loughrey is doing an excellent job in executing that strategy.

Ahead of today's test against Uruguay, the Cork man is expecting a different set of tactics from the opposition. "We said it to the lads before they arrived that it's great to play against different styles. It's clear to see both Korea and Uruguay have different strategies. Korea were a possession based team whereas Uruguay play a 4-4-2, are very aggresive in their defending and try and catch you on the counter attack. They have to go out and win the game so will prove to be tough opposition to beat.

Team News

All players are available for selection. Maurice Nugent is in contention after being substituted in the first half due to an eye injury received in the first game. Sean Trimble, Dean Kelly, Ronan Young, Rob Slevin and David Hurley all risk missing the Quarter Final through suspension if they are booked against Uruguay.


Ireland and Korea both sit on 3 points at the top of Group A. With a superior head-to-head record, Ireland are currently edging the Asian team who have completed their games. A win or a draw for Ireland will guarantee top spot. However Uruguay still have the opportunity to draw level with both teams and force. Goal difference, goals scored and disciplinary are the deciding tiebreakers. Ireland currently have the most yellow cards with 5, whilst Uruguay have 4 and Korea 3 yellows and a red.


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