PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26: Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Uruguay and South Korea at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
|SK Poss%||SK Pass%||SK Weight%|
So they dominated Uruguay and were unlucky to lose, right? Not exactly. When two of the top 20 teams in the world play each other, we see huge score effects - the trailing team will dominate possession while the leading team plays to limit opportunities. This game was essentially split into four distinct time periods by score:
Combining by goal differential, we see that Uruguay controlled the passing when the game was tied:
|Down 1||73.73||South Korea||364||88.2||Uruguay||170||35.8|
Or put more simply:
|Score||SK Pass%||SK Weight%|
When it counted, South Korea got dominated. The possession stats merely reflect that they spent most of the game trying to tie a much better team.