Substitute Hwang Hee-chan scored the winner in damage time to rescue South Korea from the brink of World Cup elimination in an exhilarating 2-1 victory over already-qualified Portugal on Friday. The Wolverhampton Wanderers’ ahead slipped within the winner within the 91st minute at Education City Stadium in Qatar to spark delirium and tears among the many Korean followers. Talisman Son Heung-min, who arrange the winner, collapsed to the ground and lay on his again on the turf on the closing whistle. He had tears in his eyes.
The Korean gamers then stood in a huddle on the pitch watching the Ghana v Uruguay match on a cell phone as they awaited their place within the final 16 to be confirmed.
A much-changed Portugal had taken a fifth-minute lead via Ricardo Horta however the Koreans, who needed to win to face any likelihood of staying alive, hit again within the twenty seventh minute via Kim Young-gwon. Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo performed an element within the Korean equaliser, turning his again on a nook and the ball hitting him to arrange Kim.
South Korea and their skipper Son, in a masks after current surgical procedure, wanted to attain once more however they failed to actually bother Portugal till Son arrange Hwang in damage time after a positive run.
Before a ball was even kicked a roar went up at Education City Stadium each time Ronaldo‘s face popped up on the large display, even through the nationwide anthems. There had been some jeers too and chants of “Messi, Messi”.
South Korea coach Paulo Bento, the previous Portuguese worldwide, needed to watch from the stands after he was despatched off following the ultimate whistle of the Koreans’ 3-2 defeat to Ghana.
He noticed his males fall behind after simply 5 minutes when defender Pepe performed the ball down the best to Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot.
Dalot simply evaded a weak Korean problem and pulled the ball again from the byline for winger Horta to fireside unmarked into the again of the web in entrance of a 44,000 crowd.
With qualification already safe, Portugal made six adjustments from the staff that beat Uruguay 2-0, Dalot and Horta amongst these purchased in. But they nonetheless seemed harmful each time they went ahead within the first half in opposition to a Korean defence lacking Napoli’s Kim Min-jae.
South Korean skipper Son, the Spurs ahead, was but to get going at this World Cup after surgical procedure for a fracture round his left eye firstly of November. Wearing a black masks to guard the wound, the 30-year-old confirmed glimpses of his good finest as South Korea chased the win they so badly wanted.
South Korea had been threatening to get on prime and within the twenty seventh minute they had been degree. The 37-year-old Ronaldo, certainly taking part in at his final World Cup, unwittingly performed a central position within the South Korean objective.
Currently with no membership after his bitter departure from Manchester United, the ahead turned his again on a Korean nook and the ball hit his shoulder and fell straight to defender Kim to show in.
The second half was extra of the identical — Portugal having fun with extra possession and stroking the ball round however South Korea and an more and more influential Son a menace on the break.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos introduced Ronaldo off on 65 minutes to avoid wasting his legs, then attacker Hwang got here on and proved to be the hero on the loss of life.
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