Ghana earns a hard 3-2 victory over South Korea
Mohamed Kodos scored two goals, including the green goal after the South Korean national team tied the match in the second half, and Ghana avoided elimination in the World Cup with a 3-2 victory on Monday.
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Mohamed Salisu also scored for the Black Stars who lost their opening match against Portugal and needed points to have a chance of reaching the knockout round in Qatar.
In the second half, Cho Joo-sung scored both goals for South Korea nearly three minutes apart early in the second half to tie the score at 2-2.
But Kodos’s low left-footed goal in the 68th minute sailed out of reach of goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu to restore the Black Stars’ lead. Goalkeeper Lawrence Atti Zigi preserved the victory with a shot that blocked Zhou’s attempt in stoppage time.
South Korean striker Son Heung-min was left without a goal in Qatar. The Tottenham forward wore a mask to protect his fractured left eye socket, which he sustained in the Champions League match against Marseille earlier this month.
And South Korea coach Paulo Bento got a red card in the moments after the match, after a sharp exchange with a referee.
Ghana scored two goals in a strong opening performance but eventually fell to their opponents led by Cristiano Ronaldo 3-2. South Korea played to a 0-0 draw in their opening match with Uruguay. The team was making its sixth consecutive World Cup appearance.
Ghana became the third African nation to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in the 2010 tournament. Black Stars captain Andre Ayew was also in that squad. No African team has reached the semi-finals of the World Cup.
South Korea, who are known for their possession of the ball, dominated the first 20 minutes. Ghana took the lead in the 24th minute when Salisu scored on a goal scramble from a free kick. After an energetic celebration flanked by his teammates, Salisu crouched nervously on the field while the goal was confirmed by video review.
Kudos, the 22-year-old Ajax midfielder, doubled the lead, heading in a long pass from Jordan Ayew, despite the desperate efforts of defender Kim Jin-soo.
Cho performed a knee slide in front of the South Korean bench and was tackled by his team mates after his first goal in the 58th minute. His second came in the 61st.
Ghana concludes Group H on Friday against Uruguay, while the South Koreans play against Portugal.
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