South Korea vs Portugal – LIVE! South Korea snatched a spot in the World Cup knockout stages courtesy of a last gasp Hwang Hee-Chan goal that helped them battle from behind to beat Portugal 2-1 at Education City Stadium.
South Korea snatched a spot in the World Cup knockout stages courtesy of a last gasp Hwang Hee-Chan goal that helped them battle from behind to beat Portugal 2-1 at Education City Stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo and his fellow countrymen were already through to the last 16 – and still go through as group winners – but after Ricardo Horta’s early goal, they were stunned by an inspired Korean side.
Kim Young-Gwon swept home from a corner, following a defensive error from Ronaldo, to level at 1-1. Paulo Bento’s side then huffed and puffed and it looked as though they’d be heading home bottom of Group H; until Son Heung-Min led a incisive counter-attack in added time feeding Wolves forward and Korean super sub Hwang to slot cooly into the bottom corner.
Uruguay could only beat Ghana 2-0 in the other game, which sent South Korea through on goals scored in second place. See how the game unfolded on Standard Sport’s live blog below.
Just a reminder that Standard Sport is providing live updates from the two final group stage games, both in Group G.
Here’s the match report from Education City as South Korea leave it oh so late to book their World Cup last 16 spot.
A likely tie with Brazil awaits, but they won’t care about that right now, as the celebrations go on.
It’s all over in the Ghana versus Uruguay game. It’s finished 2-0, which is enough to send South Korea through on goals scored!
Another afternoon full of twists and turns in this World Cup.
It’s all over. South Korea have done their bit, they’ve won 2-1 and will finish on four points.
95 mins: Not much longer for Korea to hold on here. Then it’s all about Uruguay.
93 mins: The camera pans to Luis Suarez on the Uruguay bench. He looks distraught, with his team currently out as things stand.
Have South Korea nicked it here? Incredible scenes, it’s 2-1!
Just as six minutes were added on, South Korea broke away froma a Portugal corner, Son played an inch-perfect pass through to Hwang Hee-Chan and he finished so so calmly!
87 mins: There are some tired bodies out there. Portugal are keeping possession nicely and frustrating South Korea.
84 mins: Struggling to remember anything clearcut that South Korea have created in front of goal since half-time. Not what you’d expect from a team who desperately need all three points. They’re running out of time.
Hwang Hee-chan’s late strike sealed a comeback victory to send South Korea into the Round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on goals scored ahead of Uruguay.
Paulo Bento’s side fell behind early on when Ricardo Horta stroked home Diogo Dalot’s cross to put Portugal, who had already secured their place in the knockout stages after wins over Ghana and Uruguay, in the ascendancy.
But South Korea, knowing only a win would give them any hope of progressing, responded well and Kim Young-gwon lashed home an equalizer in the 27th minute after Portugal had failed to clear a corner.
As the second half progressed, with Uruguay leading Ghana 2-0 in the other group game, South Korea knew that one goal would see them overhaul Luis Suarez and company into second place.
And in the 91st minute, they counter-attacked after a Portugal corner and Son Heung-min raced clear, before slipping a pass into substitute Hwang, who finished superbly.
South Korea still had to wait around nine minutes until the Uruguay-Ghana match concluded before their qualification behind Group H leaders Portugal was confirmed — and a probable last-16 meeting with Brazil.
The Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights for Portugal vs South Korea at the 2022 World Cup. Follow below for complete results from the Group H match in Qatar.
Portugal went in front early through Ricardo Horta but South Korea have responded well and Kim Young-gwon’s equalizer keeps their hopes alive. Uruguay, who lead Ghana 2-0, have moved into second spot as things stand. But South Korea only need to score once to qualify ahead of Uruguay on goals scored. Portugal only need a point to secure top spot.
This final Group H match will be played at the Education City Stadium. Here’s how you can watch all the action in some of the major global territories.