South Korea qualifies for knockouts after 2-1 win over Portugal; Uruguay, Ghana eliminated from Group H

If South Korea loses or draws against Portugal, then it will get knockout of the World Cup. 

South Korea’s Hwang Hee-Chan celebrates scoring the winning goal against Portugal at the Education City Stadium.

South Korea’s Hwang Hee-Chan celebrates scoring the winning goal against Portugal at the Education City Stadium. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

If South Korea loses or draws against Portugal, then it will get knockout of the World Cup. 

South Korea’s qualification hopes for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Round of 16 saw it finally make the cut after a stunning counter attacking goal by Hwang Hee-Chan in the second half injury time.

While Uruguay scored twice in its final matchday to get level on goal difference to South Korea, the Koreans went through because they had scored double the amount of goals as compared to La Cleste.

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Uruguay and Ghana were eliminated, sitting third and fourth in the table respectively. Here is how the Group H points table looks like now:

Group H standings:

PositionTeamsMatchesWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
1Portugal32106337
2South Korea31114404
3Uruguay31112204
4Ghana310257-23

How can South Korea qualify for the knockouts on the final matchday?

South Korea, after an equaliser against Portugal from Young-Gwon Kim, will still need a winning goal to qualify for the round of 16.

But Uruguay, after scoring twice against Ghana, was at second temporarily second before Hwang Hee-Chan scored the winning goal in the second half injury time to take Korea into second now.

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Match scenario before South Korea vs Portugal kick-off:

South Korea vs Portugal: If South Korea loses or draws

South Korea will get knocked out of the World Cup in that case, while one of Ghana or Uruguay will follow Portugal into the round of 16.

If Uruguay beats Ghana, it will qualify for the round of 16, while a draw or loss for La Celeste will see Ghana make it to the pre-quarterfinals.

South Korea vs Portugal: If South Korea wins

In that case, South Korea will have four points and if Uruguay beats Ghana, the Celeste will get level with the Koreans. The team with a higher goal difference from here, goes through.

If South Korea wins and Ghana beats or draws against Uruguay, Ghana and the Koreans will get level on points and the team with a higher goal difference will follow Portugal into he round of 16.

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