Ghana was up by two goals within the 24′ and 34′ mins through Mohammed Salisu and Mohammed Kudus. Then, the Koreans came hard within the 2nd half of the game to score two quick goals to cancel them through Cho Gue-Sung in the (58′ and 61′). Ghana then went up again. It was full of anxiety in the course of the game by both teams.
Mohammed Kudus netted two times as the Black Stars of Ghana edged out South Korea three-2 in a dramatic and fluctuating world Cup Group H game on Monday to stay in contention for the subsequent spherical.
Ghana led 2-0 at halftime but the Black Stars allowed South Korea back into the game as Cho Gue-sung netted twice in 3 mins to level at 2-2, only for Kudus to earn Ghana victory in a heart-stopping contest at the Education City Stadium.
Ghana, who lost their opening game by 3-2 to Portugal, moved on to 3 points inside the group, with the Koreans on one after two games. Ghana saw off early Korean strain to go 2-0 beforehand as centre-back Mohammed Salisu’s scrambled intention within the 24th minute was accompanied 10 minutes later by means of a glancing header from Kudus.
Both had been at the end of super deliveries from Jordan Ayew, restored to the beginning line-up as Ghana fielded a far extra offensive line-up than against Portugal.
Jordan Ayew’s perfectly-weighted unfastened kick brought on confusion inside the Korean defence and Salisu turned sharply to snap up the opener because the ball bobbled round. However, there has been a lengthy watch for VAR to test the validity of the goal before English referee Anthony Taylor confirmed it.
Ayew once more provided a dangerous transport, with the right height and tempo for Kudus to apply a glancing touch along with his head and doubled the Black Stars’ lead.
Early 2nd-half changes breathed new lifestyles into Korea’s attack and Lee kang-in had slightly been on the sector for a minute whilst he helped dispossess Tariq Lamptey and fired in a pass that Cho attacked with pace, leaving Salisu looking as he got in front of his marker to fire home a 58th-minute header.
The 24-year old centre forward became even more determined as a chip from Kim Jin-su stuck the out-of-position goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi scrambling and Cho climbed above the centre backs to score a dramatic equaliser, right in the front of a huge number of screaming Korean supporters.
Ghana, who were almost eliminated from the world Cup had they misplaced, appeared shaky however have been handed a wonder lifeline through sloppy Korean defending within the 68th minute.
Gideon Mensah had a cross-in from the left, which Inaki Williams missed in shooting but the ball fell for Kudus to tuck home together with his left foot – all at the same time as the Korean backline didn’t defend the ball.
“We showed the same mentality today as we did against Portugal. The guys were awesome today and we won the three points,” said Kudus.
The fortuitous turn for the Black Stars was followed by Ati-Zigi making a fine save from Lee’s free kick and watching as the ball was cleared off the line from Kim Jin-su’s scuffed shot.
Ghana continued to live dangerously through 10 minutes of added time as Korea besieged their goal, but were unable to equalise again.
The referee was besieged at the final whistle as he ended the game with South Korea about to take a corner and their coach Paulo Bento earned a red card for his protestations.
“Big congratulations to the team to come back and score a third and then the passionate defending, South Korea put on a lot of pressure … in the end we were a bit lucky,” Ghana coach Otto Addo said.