Uruguay head to do battle with South Korea
Siddhanta Pinto in South Africa
World Cup Sid - Rediff.com's man in South Africa, Siddhanta Pinto - shares his experience of watching the first Round of 16 match between Uruguay and South Korea.
Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth, a beautiful beautiful drive past the pristine ocean got us to the Marine Hotel.
And surprise, surprise! I see the Uruguay team bus on their way to their round of 16 knock-out game. Notice the security man upset with me as I jump right in front of their motorcade to take some pictures.
Image: The Uruguayan team bus leaves the hotel
Uruguay stars spotted
Image: Uruguayan players in the team bus
My destination in the distance
I find my way to the stadium from the top of Sydenham, 2 hours in advance, and already, there are lots who have beaten me to it.
Image: On way to the Nelson Mandela Stadium
Uruguayan fans arrive in their numbers
Image: Uruguayan fans cheer and wave their flags
Uruguay fans wear their passion
Uruguay fans cheer and scream before the match.
Image: Uruguayan fans at the match
First look of the Kuduzela
Nope not a vuvuzela, it's a Kuduzela!
Image: A fan plays a Kuduzela
Forlan brings cheers to the crowd
Uruguay's star player Diego Forlan emerges for warm up to rapturous applause.
Image: Diego Forlan warms up before the match
Indian faces in the crowd
Football crazy Bangla brothers.
Image: Indian fans at the match
Huge support for South Korea
Say hello to the South Korea fans.
Image: South Korean fans wave their flags
Players show respect
Time for the National Anthems.
Image: Players stand in respect as the national anthems are played out
South Korea get early advantage
A brilliant South Korean free-kick lined up in the first few minutes...
Image: A South Korean player takes a free-kick
The free-kick: A missed opportunity
And hits the post!
Image: The set-piece effort manages to find the post
Forlan in full flow
Immediately at the other end, the brilliant Diego Forlan with a superb piece of skill, gets the better of his defender and sends in a low cross.
Image: Diego Forlan tries to cuts past a South Korean defender
Suarez puts Uruguay ahead
And the opportunistic Luis Suarez scores.
Image: Luis Suarez (extreme left) celebrates with team-mates after scoring
Forlan magic at play
All players do not rush to Suarez, some hoist Forlan, for it is clearly a goal for his hard work.
Image: Forlan gets hoisted for setting up the first goal
Rain looms at the Nelson Mandela Bay
Image: A thick cloud cover over the stadium
Vuvuzelas resound. Non-Stop!
Image: Fans cheer their teams by blowing the vuvuzelas
Rain time in Port Elizabeth
And then the heavens open up. It is freezing in the light blowing rain. People from the lower uncovered levels (such as myself) rush up towards shelter in a surprisingly not-so-packed stadium.
Image: Light showers start during the match
Uruguay look to double their lead
Image: Suarez (right) and Forlan foray into South Korea's half
Stunning Suarez stakes his claim
And then some Suarez magic begins. Notice the positioning of players, and how he curls his foot around the Jabulani.
Image: Suarez in action
Jung Sung-ryong beaten all ends up
Sorry Goalie, this is just too beautiful a shot.
Image: South Korean Jung Sung-ryong dives in vain
South Korean keeper crestfallen
Image: Hapless Sung-ryong wears a dejected look
Suarez goes into a tizzy
And unbridled joy.
Image: Suarez runs towards the corner flag to celebrate