Ghana defeated South Korea in a thrilling game full of surprises in front of a boisterous crowd at Education City Stadium in Qatar.
The African nation took a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu and Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus.
Ghana supporters’ boisterous celebrations at halftime were muted, however, by a South Korea comeback following the intermission.
After 61 minutes, Cho Gue-sung, the top scorer in his domestic league, tied the score with two incredible headers in three minutes.
However, Kudus gave a final twist when he hammered in a third goal for Ghana to shatter South Korea’s hearts. Kudus had previously headed in Jordan Ayew’s cross in the first half.
South Korea had more opportunities as they sought a second equalizer, but Ghana managed to hold on despite the addition of 10 minutes of extra time.
At the final whistle, manager Paulo Bento was sent off for arguing with English referee Anthony Taylor about not allowing a corner despite the fact that 10 minutes had passed.
This feels like a huge loss for South Korea because Portugal is their next opponent, whereas Ghana, despite losing to Portugal, will play Uruguay in strong spirits in their final match.
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