Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0 as South Korea joined Portugal within the knockout phases with a 2-1 win.
Hwang Haechan’s Ninetieth-minute winner gave South Korea a 2-1 win over Portugal to advance to the spherical of 16 on the World Cup.
Hwang made his strike after captain Son Heungmin ran the size of the pitch in his possession to attain at Qatar’s Schooling Metropolis Stadium.
Portugal took the lead after 5 minutes by way of Ricardo Horta.
Group H was so aggressive that South Korea did not know their destiny till eight minutes after the ultimate whistle: Uruguay’s 2-0 win over Ghana was not sufficient to maintain Son’s males on objective distinction.
The South Korean staff huddled within the middle circle, cheering earlier than the group cheered on telephones displaying the ultimate, frantic, moments of their opponents’ sport as they progressed past the World Cup group stage for under the third time.
Portugal had already certified for the knockout phases earlier than this closing group match and made six adjustments from the staff that beat Uruguay 2-0; Purchased Dalot and Horta.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s face flashed on the massive display screen each time the ball was kicked within the Schooling Metropolis, even in the course of the nationwide anthem. There was additionally some jesting and chanting of “Messi, Messi”.
South Korea coach Paulo Bento, a former Portuguese worldwide, needed to watch from the stands after the Koreans have been despatched off on the closing whistle of their 3-2 loss to Ghana.
He noticed his males fall behind after simply 5 minutes when defender Pepe performed the ball to the precise of Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot.
Dalot simply averted a feeble Korean problem and pulled the ball again from the byline for winger Horta to fireplace unmarked into the again of the online in entrance of 44,000 spectators, scoring on his debut at a significant match.
After an early opener, Kim Youngwon gave the Koreans hope within the twenty seventh minute when a nook hit the again of Ronaldo and the defender swept the ball in for an equaliser.
However Portugal regarded harmful each time they went ahead in opposition to a Korean protection that misplaced Napoli’s Kim Minje within the first half. The second half was extra of the identical – Portugal gained extra possession and dribbled the ball round, however South Korea and the more and more dominant Son threatened the break.
South Korea captain Son, a Tottenham Hotspurs ahead, has but to go to the World Cup after struggling a fracture round his left eye in early November.
Donning a black masks to beat back damage, the 30-year-old flashed glimpses of his greatest as South Korea chased down a much-needed victory.
South Korea’s late win lifted them from fourth to second in Group H. They may play the winner of Group G, probably Brazil – however nothing could be assured at this World Cup.