Mohammed Kudus struck twice in a pulsating recreation as Ghana beat South Korea 3-2 to register their first win in World Cup Group H.
South Korea had all of the early stress, forcing seven corners within the first 20 minutes, but it surely was Mohammed Salisu who gave Ghana the lead in opposition to the run of play after a goalmouth scramble (24).
Kudus doubled the benefit (34) with a precision glancing header after a fantastically delivered Jordan Ayew cross from the left-hand aspect.
Cho Gue Song scored two fast-fireplace headers to deliver South Korea again on degree phrases across the hour-mark, earlier than Kudus added his second of the sport within the 68th minute with a nicely-taken end to make it 3-2.
Salisu was compelled to clear off the road late on to make sure Ghana got here away from the Education City Stadium with all three factors, preserving their hopes of qualifying for the knockout levels nicely and really alive.
Big moments within the recreation…
- 4 min: Cho Gue Song is inches away from connecting with a cross from the byline to provide South Korea an early lead.
- 8 min: Jeong Woo-Yeong’s effort is diverted behind, with Ghana ultimately clearing their strains after an almighty goalmouth scramble following the nook.
- 24 min:Mohammed Salisu heads Ghana into the lead in opposition to the run of play regardless of a VAR test after the ball strayed ominously near Andre Ayew’s arm within the construct-up.
- 34 min: Mohammed Kudus doubles Ghana’s lead with a glancing header after a fantastically delivered cross by Jordan Ayew from the left aspect.
- 58 min: Cho Gue Song heads South Korea again into the sport
- 61: min: Another sensible header from Cho Gue Song will get South Korea degree
- 68: min: Mohammed Kudus slots house to reinstate Ghana’s lead
- 78: min: Mohamed Salisu clears off the road for Ghana
- 90+4: min: Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati denies Cho Gue Song with an ideal save
How Ghana edged South Korea in thriller on the Education City Stadium
Ghana noticed off early South Korean stress to go 2-0 forward as centre-again Salisu’s scrambled aim within the twenty fourth minute was adopted 10 minutes later by a glancing header from Kudus.
Both have been on the finish of excellent deliveries from Jordan Ayew, restored to the beginning lineup as Ghana fielded a way more offensive aspect than in opposition to Portugal.
Ayew’s completely weighted free-kick brought about confusion within the South Korean defence and Salisu turned sharply to snap up the opener because the ball bobbled round. There was a prolonged look forward to VAR to test the validity of the aim earlier than Premier League referee Anthony Taylor confirmed it.
Ayew once more supplied a depraved supply, with the correct top and tempo, for Kudus to use a glancing contact together with his head and double the Black Stars’ lead.
Early second-half modifications breathed new life into South Korea’s assault and Lee Kang-In had barely been on the sector for a minute when he helped dispossess Tariq Lamptey and fired in a cross that Cho attacked with tempo, leaving Salisu watching as he bought in entrance of his marker to energy house a 58th-minute header.
The 24-12 months-outdated centre ahead was much more decided as a chip from Kim Jin-Su caught the out-of-place goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi scrambling and Cho climbed above the centre backs to attain a dramatic equaliser, proper in entrance of a financial institution of screaming South Korean supporters.
South Korea made three modifications to group that have been held to a goalless draw by Uruguay of their opening Group H conflict.
Key defender Kim Min-jae handed a late health. The Napoli centre again had been uncertain on account of a calf damage and coach Paulo Bento stated he would test Kim’s standing on the final minute earlier than making the decision on his availability.
Meanwhile, Ghana additionally made three modifications after they misplaced their opening Group H match 3-2 to Portugal as they reshuffled their defence, bringing in Jordan Ayew up entrance in a extra attacking 4-3-3 lineup after fielding three central defenders final day trip.
Ghana, who would have been eradicated from the World Cup had they misplaced, appeared weak, however have been handed a shock lifeline by sloppy South Korean defending within the 68th minute.
Gideon Mensah was allowed to get a cross in from the left, which Inaki Williams missed, however the ball fell for Kufus to tuck house together with his left foot all whereas the South Korean backline didn’t assault the ball.
The fortuitous flip for the Black Stars was adopted by Ati-Zigi making a positive save from Lee’s free-kick and watching because the ball was cleared off the road from Kim Jin-Su’s scuffed shot.
Ghana continued to dwell dangerously by 10 minutes of added time as Korea besieged their aim, however have been unable to equalise.
What does the end result imply?
Ghana’s first win of the match means they’re in charge of their very own future by way of qualifying for the knockout levels heading into their final match in opposition to Uruguay on Friday.
South Korea can nonetheless qualify for the knockout levels however they might want to beat Portugal of their final group recreation on Friday.
What else occurred on the World Cup on Monday?
Cameroon saved alive their faint hopes of reaching the spherical of 16 after substitute Vincent Aboubakar impressed a breathless comeback in a 3-3 draw with Serbia in Group G.
Jean-Charles Castelletto gave Cameroon an early lead earlier than Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored within the area of two-and-a-half minutes to provide Serbia a half-time lead.
Aleksandar Mitrovic prolonged that lead additional earlier than Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting accomplished the comeback for Cameroon.