World Cup: Hwang’s Late Goal Sends South Korea Through

By Chidi Nwoke, Abuja.

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A late goal by substitute Hee-Chan Hwang was enough to send South Korea to the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, after coming from behind to beat Portugal 2-1, at the Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Portugal, who had already qualified for the last 16 and needed only a draw to secure top spot in Group H, opened the scoring in the 5th minute winger Ricardo Horta. In the 27th minute, Young-Gwon Kim managed to pull a goal back for South Korea as he pounced on a loose ball during a goalmouth scramble to tap the ball home.

South Korea defender Kim Young-gwon (19) scores goal against Portugal.

Late in the second half as both sides looked for a goal, South Korea struck in stoppage time to give the South Korea the lead.

A pass from Heung-Min Son found substitute Hwang, who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Diogo Costa to send the fans at the Education City stadium into a frenzy.

South Korea players celebrate 2-1 victory against Portugal.

At this point Uruguay were beating Ghana 2-0, meaning South Korea were in the driver’s seat to secure qualification as they were leading on goals scored at the 2022 World Cp Group H.

Portugal top the group on six points while South Korea join them having finished second in Group H. Uruguay are eliminated despite their victory over Ghana.

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