Both countries needed to keep their hopes alive in the World Cup in Qatar as a win will help any of them in qualifying from the group stage. Ghana had already lost to Portugal 3-2 last Thursday and South Korea drew with Uruguay.
In the first 20 minutes, the South Korean had dictated the play of the game. Dominating in possession, stringing passes and switching plays. They had a couple of opportunities to score but failed to convert their chances.
Until, Mohammed Salisu, a Ghanaian defender headed a free kick cross from Jordan Ayew into the net. The Ghanaians then also came into play, out-playing the Koreans. Shortly, a second goal came from Mohammed Kudus who connected beautifully to Jordan Ayew cross. Otto Addo men, held unto the game and at the Halftime time, the result remained 2-0 in favor of Ghana.
An immediately into the start of the second half, a substation was made by the Korean coach and that changed the game, leveling the score line to 2-2. But unfortunately, a long the line, Kudos made it 3-2 for the Black Stars.
In making history, Ghana, for the first time has score three (3) goals in a single match at the World Cup. They have also not failed in scoring in the last 7 World Cup games, only with Nigeria have more than that. In spite of this, Ghana have score 5 goals in the last two games in the World Cup and conceded 5 goals.
Kudus was tipped to shine at the ongoing World Cup, the second youngest African player to score 2 goals in a single match (22 years and 118 days old) of the which the most youngest is the Nigerian player Ahmed Musah (21 years 245 days old). He showed his class against Portugal in the first match and did more today and won the Man of the Match award in addition.
Revenge against Uruguay on Friday?
The dream to the first African country to reach the quarter finals of the World Cup was shuttered by Luiz Suarez (Uruguay), when he intentionally saved a header which was to score with his hand despite he not being a goal keeper. Asamoah Gyan, the then Ghanaian prolific striker, missed that penalty given and Uruguay won with a penalty shootout.
A win against Uruguay on Friday qualifies the Black Stars to the round of 16 and this will be a perfect revenge to cover that lost.
Talking into the game, the Ghanaian coach, Otto Addo thinks it’s unnecessary to look into the past even though it was painful but insists, it’s a different team and will come with a different approach.