According to the game stats, South Korea had 60% of the possession in this game. We see the same split in the passing data, both in raw completed passes and location-weighted passes:
|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.