Korea vs Ghana FIFA LIVE Football Score 28/11/2022
Ghana are facing the prospect of an early elimination from World Cup 2022 Group H when they travel to the Education City Stadium to face South Korea on Monday. The Black Stars fell to an agonising 3-2 defeat to Portugal on the opening day, while their Asian counterparts impressively held Uruguay to a goalless draw.
A total of four goalless draws were played out on matchday one of the 2022 World Cup, and while South Korea put in a good shift in their scoreless stalemate with Uruguay, the woodwork did have come to their aid on a couple of occasions. Federico Valverde and Diego Godin both saw efforts crash off the frame of the goal as Paulo Bento’s side held on for a point against their South American foes, demonstrating their defensive solidity that was also present in their most recent games before Qatar.
South Korea and Uruguay cannot be separated by points, goals or fair play points after matchday one, as the former seek to give their hopes of a top-two finish a major boost with victory over Ghana and edge closer to a knockout berth for the first time since 2010. By avoiding defeat in their opening battle, the Tigers of Asia come into their clash with Ghana having only lost one of their last 10 in all competitions, and the Kim Min-jae-marshalled defence has kept three clean sheets in succession during a four-game unbeaten run.
Despite their prowess in the defensive third, South Korea failed to post a shot on target for the second time in four World Cup games during the Uruguay stalemate, and Ghana certainly knew a thing or two about keeping teams at bay during the build-up to Qatar. Another World Cup group game, another goal for Cristiano Ronaldo, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could only watch on from the bench in horror as A Selecao very nearly threw away a two-goal lead against Ghana on Thursday evening.
Following Ronaldo’s penalty, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao struck either side of Andre Ayew’s response before Osman Bukari reduced the deficit further, and the howler of the tournament award very nearly went to Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who rolled the ball out without knowing that Inaki Williams was behind him.
The Athletic Bilbao forward immediately tried to pounce on that gilt-edged chance right at the death, but he slipped at the vital moment as Ghana succumbed to a 3-2 loss, which leaves them bottom of the Group H standings and at real risk of an exit before the final matchday. No matter what transpires in Uruguay’s showdown with Portugal, Ghana will be out if they suffer defeat to South Korea at the Education City Stadium, but a six-game scoring streak at the World Cup does stand the Black Stars in good stead.
Monday’s game will mark the 10th meeting between South Korea and Ghana in all competitions, with the last six yielding three wins apiece for both nations, but Ghana ran out convincing 4-0 winners during the most recent battle in a 2014 friendly.
Teams looking to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive collide when South Korea and Ghana meet in a critical Group H match of the 2022 World Cup on Monday at Education City Stadium. After opening World Cup play with a scoreless draw with Uruguay, South Korea finds itself tied for second in the group. Ghana is fourth in the group after dropping a 3-2 decision to Portugal. A loss would eliminate Ghana from reaching the knockout stage.
Kickoff is set for 8 a.m. ET. South Korea is listed as +150 favorites (risk $100 to win $150) in the latest South Korea vs. Ghana odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Ghana is a +210 underdog. A draw is +195, and the over/under for total goals is 2.5. Before making any Ghana vs. South Korea picks, make sure you check out the 2022 FIFA World Cup predictions, best bets and analysis from soccer insider Jon Eimer.
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The South Koreans are led by captain Son Heung-min, who plays for Tottenham of the Premier League. In 19 matches for Tottenham this season, the midfielder has five goals. Son registered 24 goals in 45 matches for his club in 2021-22. Since 2015, he has made 245 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 96 goals. The 30-year-old has scored 35 goals for South Korea in international play.
Also helping power the South Koreans is 28-year-old midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon. In 42 appearances for the national team, he has registered 12 goals. Since 2021, he has played in the K League 1, and joined the Gimcheon Sangmu this season, making 36 appearances. He scored four goals in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, including the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Lebanon.
Son Heung-min will play in a protective face mask again when South Korea take on Ghana, but there is a potentially major blow for his team in defence.
Kim Min-jae, whose performances have helped Napoli lead Serie A and qualify for the Champions League knockout stage, picked up an injury in his nation’s opening 0-0 draw with Uruguay at the 2022 World Cup.
South Korea coach Paulo Bento wants his team to bring the best out of Son after the Tottenham Hotspur attacker failed to find his range against Uruguay, with the two-time champions having the only shot on target of the game.
“He was adapting and trying to feel comfortable with the face mask,” explained Bento. “First, he needed to feel at ease with his teammates and afterwards with the opponents. The second game will be different.
“He has already been able to play throughout the 90 minutes and as a team, we need to do our best so that we can take advantage of his skills.
“We know it will be a difficult game. We need to be up to the task such as we were in the first game and we expect that we will have better performances both individually and collectively.”