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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Kudos Kudus as his double sees off South Korea

Mohammed Salisu's goal in the first half and two goals from Mohammed Kudus helped Ghana defeat South Korea 3-2 in a thrilling World Cup match to snap a five-game losing streak.

South Korea and Ghana both understood a win would considerably increase their respective chances of making it to the Round of 16, while The Black Stars were fully aware a loss would end their World Cup. Portugal was scheduled to play Uruguay later in the day. South Korea dominated the first 20 minutes, using sharp passing and excellent movement to put their opponents under pressure without necessarily producing many clear-cut chances.

Despite South Korea's early domination, Ghana scored the game's first goal against the odds in the 24th minute. Salisu was able to score from close range after the Taeguk Warriors were unable to save Jordan Ayew's risky free-kick. Within ten minutes, Ghana had doubled their lead thanks to Kudus' quick glance of Jordan Ayew's perfect cross past Kim Seung-gyu.

With a two-goal deficit at the time, South Korea came out of the gate firing in the second half. Cho Gue-sung had his nation's first effort on goal of the World Cup, forcing Lawrence Ati-Zigi to make a quick save with a powerful header. The amazing Cho used that as a springboard to completely change the course of the game with two goals in the span of three minutes. The 24-year-old first nodded in a beautiful cross from replacement Lee Kang-in, and then he towered over the Ghana defense to slam a header into the back of the net.

A thrilling match provided another dramatic story twist as Kudus recovered his side's lead just as it appeared that Ghana was on the ropes. Gideon Mensah's low cross was missed by Inaki Williams, but Kudus made no mistakes with a controlled left-footed finish.

After only seven minutes of being tied, South Korea was once again in need of a response. A threatening free-kick from Lee was stopped, and Kim Jin- su's errant shot was cleared off the line. In order to secure three significant points, Ghana had to endure 10 minutes of extra time, during which Cho was denied a hat-trick by Ati-Zigi.

In terms of South Korea, after two games, they have just one point to their name after failing to win any of their 11 second group games at a World Cup.

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