Ghana seals 3-2 win against South Korea in thrilling encounter

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South Korea's Kim Min-jae, left, and Ghana's Andre Ayew, right, jump to head the ball during the World Cup group H soccer match between South Korea and Ghana, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Mohammed Kudus scored the match winner as Ghana won an action-packed game against South Korea at Education City Stadium in Qatar.

Coming from a disappointing 3-2 loss to Portugal in the opening game the Black Stars needed a win to get their campaign back in track and that was exactly the outcome.

Ghana Coach Otto Addo made three changes to the side that lost to Portugal as he brought in Gideon Mensah, Jordan Ayew and Tariq Lamptey for Alidu Seidu, Alexander Djiku and Baba Abdul Rahman.

The Black Stars scored two quick fire goals in the 24th and 34th minutes through Mohammed Salisu and Mohammed Kudus to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

Back from recess, South Korea stunned the noisy Ghanaian fans with two goals in three minutes to level matters. Cho Gue-sung, top-scorer in his domestic league, levelled the game after 61 minutes after reducing the deficit in the 58th minute.

With the game tied at 2-2, Mohammed Kudus blasted home a third for Ghana in the 68th minute to break South Korea’s hearts.

Chances continued to fall South Korea’s way as they searched for another equaliser but, despite 10 minutes of added time, Ghana held on to win 3-2.

Ghana will play Uruguay in the last group game of Group H in a match that many are anticipating a revenge against Suarez’s side the eliminated Ghana from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

— Ferdinand A Baah