Ghana 3 – 2 Korea
(Group H, Education City Stadium, 28/11/2022)
After the weekends 18 goals in 8 games, we have had a veritable feast of goals so far today 11 in 2 games.
Ghana has a host of Premiership players in their team, and also our on-loan at Reading player Baba Rahman ,who started the game on the subs bench.
The game was a lively affair, with both sets of fans adding to a great atmosphere.
Ghana scored the first goal against the run of play, Mohammed Salisu scoring from a free-kick pumped into the box, cue bedlam in the Ghanaian end. There was a quick VAR review for a possible handball, but the goal stood.
10 minutes later they were in dreamland as Jordan Ayew found Mohammed Kudus whose glancing header beat the keeper. South Korea had more of the ball, but were failing in the final third.
The second half started as brightly as the first, South Korea really pressing before a breakthrough when Cho Gue-sung headed in after meeting a cross from substitute Lee Kang-in. The volume and partying from the African fans went down a notch as the Korean end woke up, and they became ecstatic three minutes later when Cho Gue-sung leapt higher than anyone else to head them level.
Ghana retook the lead when a cross was air-kicked at by Williams and it rolled through to Kudus who fired home for his 2nd of the game.
South Korea almost responded immediately as the ball was cleared off the line after Lee Kang-in forced a save from a free-kick, before Kim Jin-Su had an attempt hacked off the line.
A flurry of changes with 12 minutes remaining and South Korea laid siege to the Ghanaian goal although they seemed to want to take one touch too many before each shot.
In the 87th minute Rahman finally got some minutes on the pitch, and there were 10 minutes of extra time to be played.
South Korea continued to pepper the Ghanaian box, and won several corners causing panic in the Black stars defence, but they held on to cue jubilant scenes on and off the pitch and tears from the South Korean players and fans.
Posted by the CSG’s World Cup Willie