Kudus lifts Black Stars after second-half scare by his winning goal to keep Ghana’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup knockout stages alive.
World Cup 2022 Highlights – South Korea 2-3 Ghana as Mohammed Kudus beat The Taeguk Warriors in thriller of group H.
Two of the best World Cup 2022 games so far were all in group H, with identical score-lines as 5 goals scored.
Ghana was at the best as they lost by only one goal at the earlier game against Portugal, but the Black Stars also beat South Korea by one goal.
South Korea had all the early pressure in search for their first goal of the World Cup, forcing seven corners in the first 20 minutes.
But the African side was more productive with Mohammed Salisu who gave Ghana the lead against the run of play after a goalmouth scramble (24th minute).
The Southampton’s centre-back smashed in from close range after Jordan Ayew’s free-kick delivery caused chaos within the box.
Another brilliant Ayew cross from the left brought a second goal 10 minutes later, as Kudus’ glancing header found the bottom-right corner to double the lead.
Thought to be totally dominated, the Asian side surprisingly retaliated and got the game back with a brace by Cho Gue Song.
The Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors forward delivered with two cool headers in a matter of only three minutes (58-61).
But that brace, though brilliant, did not prove to be enough for victory of South Korea, as Ghana’s best player since the beginning of World Cup Kuds’s 68th-minute finish sealed the win for Black Stars.
Kudus clinically found the bottom-left corner after Inaki Williams completely missed his kick, and South Korea never found a response, with head coach Paulo Bento shown a red card after the final whistle for arguing with the officials.
Kudus made history
At 22 years and 118 days old, Mohammed Kudus is the second youngest African player to score two goals in a World Cup match, after Ahmed Musa (21y 254d) for Nigeria against Argentina in 2014.
Ghana scored three goals in a single World Cup game for the first time in their history, while they have scored in each of their last seven World Cup matches overall – only Nigeria (8 between 1994 and 1998) have scored in more consecutive games among African nations in the competition.
It all comes to a head on Friday as South Korea return to Education City to face Portugal who sealed early ticket to round of 16, while Ghana will be having a chance to revenge World Cup 2010 defeat against Uruguay, as the clash happening at Al Janoub Stadium.
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