Ghana's No. 1

South Korea through after dramatic late win

Published on: 02 December 2022

Hwang Hee-chan gave South Korea a sensational injury-time victory over Portugal that meant they beat Uruguay to a last-16 place on goals scored.

Hwang ran onto Son Heung-min's pass in the 91st minute to round off a rapid break and start wild celebrations from his side's fans in the stands.

South Korea had needed to win to stand any chance of joining Portugal in the knockout stage, but even following the final whistle, their progress was not secured.

On the pitch and in the stands, players and supporters watched the final moments of Uruguay's game with Ghana, knowing another goal for the South American side would send them out.

When that 2-0 win was confirmed, a huge roar went around Education City Stadium, and South Korea were able to start the party for real.

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Korea overcome bad start for a happy ending

Any hope of a happy ending for South Korea had seemed unlikely when they fell behind after only five minutes, with Portugal scoring with their first meaningful attack.

Diogo Dalot surged into the box from the right and from his cutback, Ricardo Horta was in the right place to sweep a first-time shot past Kim Seung-gyu and mark his World Cup debut with a goal.

That made South Korea's task even harder but falling behind failed to silence their thousands of noisy fans and the team soon responded.

Paulo Bento's side thought they had replied instantly when Kim Jin-su turned home the rebound after Diogo Costa saved Cho Gue-sung's flicked header, but the celebrations were cut short by a flag for offside.

An equaliser was not long in coming, however, and it followed another cross. This time a corner wasn't cleared and the ball hit Cristiano Ronaldo's back and rolled into the path of Kim Young-gwon, who could hardly miss from close range.

With Uruguay winning against Ghana, South Korea's route out of Group H was open again, but the goals they needed did not look like materialising.

Portugal, now safe as group winners, looked more likely to score, with Vitinha and Horta going close.

Tottenham star Son, so often his nation's hero, seemed to be trying to do too much himself and although he got plenty of power behind two long-range efforts, both were blocked.

At the start of stoppage time, it seemed South Korea were heading out, but they mounted one last attack after clearing a corner and this time Son played the pass instead of shooting himself.

He slipped Wolves forward Hwang clear to run into the area and deliver a cool finish to give this eventful World Cup group stage yet another twist.

South Korea's reward is a tie against the Group G winners, likely to be Brazil, while Portugal will face Switzerland, Cameroon or Serbia.

Player of the match

Son Heung-MinSon Heung-Min

with an average of 9.15

    South KoreaSouth KoreaSouth KoreaPortugalPortugalPortugal

South KoreaAvgSquad number7Player nameSon Heung-MinAverage rating

9.15

Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-ChanAverage rating

8.88

Squad number10Player nameLee Jae-SungAverage rating

8.50

Squad number13Player nameSon Jun-HoAverage rating

8.48

Squad number16Player nameHwang Ui-JoAverage rating

8.42

Squad number19Player nameKim Young-GwonAverage rating

8.42

Squad number9Player nameCho Gue-SungAverage rating

8.40

Squad number18Player nameLee Kang-InAverage rating

8.38

Squad number24Player nameCho Yu-MinAverage rating

8.35

Squad number3Player nameKim Jin-SuAverage rating

8.35

Squad number20Player nameKwon Kyung-WonAverage rating

8.27

Squad number6Player nameHwang In-BeomAverage rating

8.24

Squad number5Player nameJung Woo-YoungAverage rating

8.21

Squad number15Player nameKim Moon-HwanAverage rating

8.13

Squad number1Player nameKim Seung-gyuAverage rating

7.84

PortugalAvgSquad number2Player nameDiogo DalotAverage rating

5.31

Squad number10Player nameBernardo SilvaAverage rating

5.16

Squad number21Player nameRicardo HortaAverage rating

5.07

Squad number20Player nameJoão CanceloAverage rating

4.93

Squad number22Player nameDiogo CostaAverage rating

4.75

Squad number23Player nameMatheus NunesAverage rating

4.72

Squad number15Player nameRafael LeãoAverage rating

4.71

Squad number18Player nameRúben NevesAverage rating

4.70

Squad number14Player nameWilliam CarvalhoAverage rating

4.56

Squad number6Player nameJoão PalhinhaAverage rating

4.55

Squad number16Player nameVitinhaAverage rating

4.54

Squad number3Player namePepeAverage rating

4.53

Squad number9Player nameAndré SilvaAverage rating

4.50

Squad number17Player nameJoão MárioAverage rating

4.47

Squad number24Player nameAntónio SilvaAverage rating

4.41

Squad number7Player nameCristiano RonaldoAverage rating

3.77

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsSouth Korea

Formation 4-3-3

1Kim Seung-gyu15Kim Moon-Hwan20Kwon Kyung-Won19Kim Young-Gwon3Kim Jin-Su6Hwang In-Beom5Jung Woo-Young18Lee Kang-In10Lee Jae-Sung9Cho Gue-Sung7Son Heung-Min

    1Kim Seung-gyu15Kim Moon-Hwan20Kwon Kyung-Won19Kim Young-GwonSubstituted forSon Jun-Hoat 81'minutes3Kim Jin-Su6Hwang In-Beom5Jung Woo-Young18Lee Kang-InBooked at 36minsSubstituted forHwang Ui-Joat 81'minutes10Lee Jae-SungSubstituted forHwang Hee-Chanat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins9Cho Gue-SungSubstituted forCho Yu-Minat 90+3'minutes7Son Heung-Min

Substitutes

    2Yoon Jong-Gyu4Kim Min-Jae8Paik Seung-Ho11Hwang Hee-Chan12Song Bum-Keun13Son Jun-Ho14Hong Chul16Hwang Ui-Jo17Na Sang-Ho21Cho Hyun-Woo22Jeong Woo-Yeong23Kim24Cho Yu-Min25Jeong26Song Min-Kyu

Portugal

Formation 4-3-3

22Diogo Costa2Dalot3Pepe24António Silva20Cancelo23Nunes18Neves16Vitinha21Ricardo Horta7Cristiano Ronaldo17João Mário

    22Diogo Costa2Dalot3Pepe24António Silva20Cancelo23NunesSubstituted forJoão Palhinhaat 65'minutes18NevesSubstituted forRafael Leãoat 65'minutes16VitinhaSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 81'minutes21Ricardo Horta7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forAndré Silvaat 65'minutes17João MárioSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 82'minutes

Substitutes

    1Rui Patrício4Rúben Dias5Guerreiro6João Palhinha8Bruno Fernandes9André Silva10Bernardo Silva11João Félix12Sá14William Carvalho15Rafael Leão26Gonçalo Ramos

Referee:Facundo TelloAttendance:44,097Match StatsHome TeamSouth KoreaAway TeamPortugalPossessionHome38%Away62%ShotsHome13Away13Shots on TargetHome6Away6CornersHome5Away4FoulsHome9Away10Live Text Post update

Match ends, Korea Republic 2, Portugal 1.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Korea Republic 2, Portugal 1.

90'+3'Substitution

Substitution, Korea Republic. Cho Yu-Min replaces Cho Gue-Sung.

90'+2'Booking

Hwang Hee-Chan (Korea Republic) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

90'+1'goalGoal!

Goal! Korea Republic 2, Portugal 1. Hwang Hee-Chan (Korea Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a through ball following a fast break.

90'Post update

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Kim Moon-Hwan.

90'Post update

Attempt blocked. João Cancelo (Portugal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Silva.

88'Post update

Foul by Diogo Dalot (Portugal).

88'Post update

Hwang Hee-Chan (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'Post update

Bernardo Silva (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87'Post update

Foul by Son Jun-Ho (Korea Republic).

86'Post update

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Kim Moon-Hwan.

86'Post update

Attempt blocked. Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross.

85'Post update

Corner, Korea Republic. Conceded by João Cancelo.

83'Post update

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

83'Post update

Hwang Hee-Chan (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82'Post update

William Carvalho (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82'Post update

Dangerous play by Son Jun-Ho (Korea Republic).

82'Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. William Carvalho replaces João Mário.

81'Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Bernardo Silva replaces Vitinha.

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