Mohammed Kudus netted twice as Ghana edged out South Korea 3-2 in a dramatic and fluctuating World Cup Group H sport on Monday to remain in competition for the following spherical.
Ghana led 2-0 at halftime however allowed South Korea again into the match as Cho Gue-sung netted twice in three minutes to stage at 2-2, just for Kudus to earn Ghana victory in a heart-stopping contest.
Ghana, who misplaced their opening group sport 3-2 to Portugal, moved on to 3 factors within the group, with the Koreans on one after two video games.
Ghana noticed off early Korean strain to go 2-0 forward as centre again Mohammed Salisu’s scrambled objective within the twenty fourth minute was adopted 10 minutes later by a glancing header from Mohamed Kudus.
Each have been on the finish of excellent deliveries from Jordan Ayew, restored to the beginning line-up as Ghana fielded a way more offensive line-up than in opposition to Portugal.Ayew’s perfectly-weighted free kick prompted confusion within the 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 verify the validity of the objective earlier than English referee Anthony Taylor confirmed it.
Ayew once more supplied a depraved supply, with the precise peak and tempo, for Kudus to use a glancing contact together with his head and double the Black Stars’ lead.
Early second-half adjustments breathed new life into Korea’s assault and Lee kang-in had barely been on the sphere for a minute when he helped dispossess Tariq Lamptey and fired in a cross that Cho attacked with tempo, leaving Salisu watching as he received in entrance of his marker to energy house a 58th-minute header.
The 24-year-old centre ahead was much more decided as a chip from Kim Jin-su caught the out-of-position 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 Korean supporters.
Ghana, who would have been eradicated from the World Cup had they misplaced, seemed susceptible however have been handed a shock lifeline by sloppy 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 Korean backline didn’t assault the ball.
The fortuitous flip for the Black Stars was adopted by Ati-Zigi making a superb 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 reside dangerously by way of 10 minutes of added time as Korea besieged their objective, however have been unable to equalise once more.