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Son will need time to re-adapt, says Bento after Uruguay draw

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AL RAYYAN, Qatar : South Korea captain Son Heung-min will need time to re-adapt following his return from surgery to stabilise a fracture around his left eye, head coach Paulo Bento said after they held Uruguay to a 0-0 draw in their World Cup opener on Thursday.Son, playing in a black protective mask, spearheaded the South Korean attack but did not have much impact as they had six attempts at goal but none on target.Bento said the 30-year-old, who was injured midway through Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League match at Olympique de Marseille this month, joined the squad only in recent days."Son is a player who, up until his, injury, had continuous rhythm and good performance," Bento said of Son, who had five goals and two assists for Spurs this season before the World Cup."He had a serious injury, he was inactive for a considerable time.

He joined the team only in the last few days."After an injury and being exposed to more aggressive games, it is natural it will take him some step to re-adapt."BETTER FIRST HALFBento said South Korea had a better first half than the second because the quality of the Uruguay team, which includes veteran striker Luis Suarez and Liverpool's Darwin Nunez, shone through."I believe it was a great match in general, a match that was very competitive with a very high level of play.

Two teams that respected each other," he said. "We knew it would be a difficult game, we knew the quality of our opponents. They have players who are very evolved technically, very good physically and very experienced.

This was a very good match from our side."We were suffering a little bit because they were very high-quality players ... but we conceded very little to our opponents."The Portuguese coach said that the

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