Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of the South Korea vs Portugal FIFA World Cup Group H match from the Education City stadium.
PORTUGAL AND SOUTH KOREA QUALIFY
KOREA HAS WON IT!! THEY HAVE BEAT PORTUGAL 2-1. AS THING STAND, THEY QUALIFY FOR THE KNOCKOUTS ALONG WITH PORTUGAL!! If Uruguay scores one more goal against Ghana, it will go through. South Korea currently qualifying courtesy of more goals scored than Uruguay!!
Group H standings:
|2||South Korea (Q)||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||4|
South Korea sub: IN- Cho Yu-Min OUT- Cho Gue-Sung
Booking: Hwang sees yellow for taking off his shirt after scoring the goal while celebrating.
GOOOALLLLLLLL!!! SOUTH KOREA SCORESS!!! THEY HAVE DONE IT!! HEE CHAN-CHANG SCORES!! Son with a wonderful run from his own-half. He does extremely well to hold on to the ball. He releases the ball just in time for Chan who does well to time his run. Once Chan gets the ball, he makes no mistake in slotting the ball inside the net
Six minutes added at the end of the second-half!1
Son holding on to the ball for too long as he makes a run towards the Portugal goal. Carvalho does well back, put pressure and snatch the ball away from him.
South Korea putting all the pressure now. Time is running out for the Koreans.
Korea Sub: IN- Son-Jun Ho, Hwang Ui-Jo OUT- Kim Young-Gwon, Lee Kang-in
Portugal Sub: IN- Carvalho, Bernardo OUT- Vitinha, Mario
Leao drives a cross inside the box from the right flank but it is headed away from danger by the Korea defence.
Dalot drives a low cross from the right flank into the centre of the box. Andre Silva and Joao Mario are there inside the box but none of them could get a decent touch on the ball.
The match enters its last quarter - Korea needs to win if it wants to keep its World Cup dream alive. As things stand Portugal and Uruguay will qualify.
Lee Kang-In goes for goal from a freekick that was a long way out. The youngster cannot keep his effort on target.
Son wants a penalty after he thought his volley hit Cancelo’s arm but the replay shows that it hit Cancelo into the side. A good decision by the referee there in denying a penalty request.
Korea Sub: IN- Hwang Hee-chan OUT- Lee Jae-Sung
Hwang In-beom makes a good run and dispatches a venomous shot at the Portugal goal. The shot is hit hard but at a comfortable height for Costa to make the save.
Portugal sub: IN - Silva, Leao and Palhinha OUT- Ronaldo, Neves and Nunes
Cancelo and Mario combine well on the left -Mario passes the ball to Cancelo on the overlap. He had a good chance to deliver a good cross inside the box, but keeps the ball for too long and is ultimately dispossessed.
Son makes a bursting run inside the Portugal half but he is ultimately stopped in his tracks. Portugal feels like it should have had a freekick in the South Korea buildup.
Cancelo with a searching ball inside the box from the left flank. Nunes rises at the back-post to get his head to it but cannot get a decent contact.
Offside- Cancelo finds Ronaldo with a great cross from the left. Ronaldo showed good movement to get to the end of it but timed his run a bit too early as he is flagged offside.
Portugal with a good counter-attack- Ronaldo chops the ball in and squares the ball to Nunes. Nunes tries to find a teammate in the box but ends up losing the ball.
Pepe finds Ronaldo with a lofted through-ball but the latter was offside when the ball was played to him.
The second-half of the match kicks-off with scores level at 1-1.
South Korea and Portugal break for half-time with the scores level at 1-1. It should be a cracker of a second-half/
Hwang sends a cross inside the box with a teasing ball from the left flank. Cho tried to get at the end of the cross but it is a tad bit heavy for him as he sees the ball go out for Portugal goalkick.
Two added minutes at the end of the second-half!!
Horta finds himself in a good shooting position inside the Korean box after receiving a square pass from Dalot. He shoots on the turn but it is a weak shot. Kim collects the ball with ease.
Chance-Vitinha forces a save from Kim with a venomous shot from distance. The rebound falls to Ronaldo, who tries to guide the ball inside the net with a diving header, but fails to do so.
Son Heung-Min brings the ball under control with his first touch outside the Portuga box. He then shoots on the volley at Costa’s goal. It was not the most powerful of shots and Costa collects the ball easily.
Portugal almost opens up Korea with a wonderful flowing move. Ronaldo unselfishly passes the ball to Horta but he cannot control of the ball and loses possession.
Booking- Korea’s Lee Kang-in sees yellow for a a clumsy challenge.
Dalot takes a shot from distance. It is hit well but Kim Seung-gyu makes a solid save. The touch of Dalot which he used to receive Costa’s long ball was sublime.
CHANCE- Pepe plays a through ball to Cristiano Ronaldo who makes a run at the Korean goal. He gets his shot away but is brilliantly saved by keeper Kim Seung-gyu. It doesn’t matter at the end as Ronaldo is flagged offside.
GOOALLLL!! SOUTH KOREA EQUALIZER!! KIM YOUNG-GWON SCORES!! Portugal fails to clear the corner and the ball falls to Kim. He is alert and is quick to put the ball inside the net.
Ronaldo almost gets at the end of a cross but Hwang does well to get ahead of the Portuguese talisman and make the block.
Korea stringing together passes better than the opening few minutes. It is creating chances but apart from that ruled-out goal, no substantial threat has been posed by the Koreans.
GOAL DENIED!! Son crosses the ball inside the box from a corner this time. The ball is bundled in at the back post and Portugal cannot clear its lines. Jin-Su Kim puts the ball inside the net but the flag goes up for offside.
Son tries to find a Korean shirt inside the box with a cross but Dalot is there to block the cross. Dalot has been brilliant in these early minutes.
Cancelo does really well to cut the ball in from the touchline, which takes his marker out of the equation. He then crosses inside the box, but it is blocked.
Portugal has been enjoying quite some of the ball for the last few minutes. The match seems to have settled. The early goal has helped Portugal and it is evident from the confidence the players are enjoying on the ball.
Chance- Kim Jin-Su squares the ball to Son in the middle. The pass is not ideal for the Tottenham forward and he cannot wrap his foot around it and fires his shot wide of the near post.
GOOOALLLL!!!! PORTUGAL SCORES!! HORTA PUTS HIS TEAM AHEAD!! Portugal scores from its first attack. Dalot does well to get ahead and square the ball inside the box from the right. Ricardo Horta was there to take the first-time shot and lash the ball into the net.
Sergio Costa is there as the stand-in coach of South Korea. Head coach Paulo Bento is absent after seeing a red card after being shown a red card by referee Anthony Taylor after South Korea’s match against Ghana.
Portugal has started on the frontfoot, pressing South Korea inside its own half. The Koreans have some respite as it gets a foul.
South Korea and Portugal kicks-off their Group H match at the Education City Stadium. South Korea must win to stand a chance while a point will guarantee top spot for the already-qualified Portugal.
Did you know?
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first European player ever to make 20+ appearances in the World Cup (20) and European Championship (25).
Can South Korea repeat it again?
The only previous meeting between South Korea and Portugal came in the 2002 World Cup. Korea won that match 1-0 on home soil in a group-stage match. That result saw South Korea win its group, while Portugal was eliminated from the competition.
South Korea let its emotions pour out when it lost a five-goal thriller to Ghana this week, but it can expect no sympathy on Friday from Portugal, which is determined to clinch the top spot in its World Cup group.
South Korea must beat the 2016 European champion - as it did at the 2002 World Cup on home soil - and hope that the result of the other final Group H match between Ghana and Uruguay goes its way too.
Striker Son Heung-min was in tears after Monday’s 3-2 loss to Ghana and coach Paulo Bento was shown a red card for arguing with the referee after he blew the final whistle with his team about to take a corner.
Bento will not be on the bench against Portugal.
Assistant coach Sergio Costa said South Korea would bounce back from their disappointment.
“We clearly deserved a win,” Costa said. “Count on us for the next match.”
South Korea has only one point after drawing its opening game against Uruguay and must beat Portugal to have any chance of progressing.
At the World Cup 20 years ago, South Korea beat a 10-man Portugal - whose team included Bento - in their final group game. The result meant Portugal did not qualify for the next round while the Koreans went on a run that took them to the semi-finals.
Portugal opened its campaign in Qatar with a 3-2 victory against Ghana before enjoying a more controlled 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday.
But it is not assured of finishing top of its group, a position that would likely see it avoid Brazil in the last 16.
“First place isn’t guaranteed,” coach Fernando Santos said on Monday. “We will go for the top spot, and not just because of Brazil.”
Santos is likely to be forced into more changes to his starting 11 after left-back Nuno Mendes suffered an injury in the first half against Uruguay and was replaced by Raphael Guerreiro.
Centre half Danilo Pereira is sidelined with broken ribs so 39-year-old defender Pepe is likely to keep his place and be tasked with marking South Korean striker Cho Gue-sung, who scored twice in three minutes against Ghana.
Midfielder Otavio also missed the game against Uruguay due to an injury.
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo will have a chance to equal the record of World Cup goals scored for Portugal held by Eusebio, who racked up nine goals in 1966 in England, the only tournament he played in.
Ronaldo has scored eight goals in his five World Cups and he claimed his ninth in the win over Uruguay on Monday, only for the goal to be awarded to teammate Bruno Fernandes.
South Korea vs Portugal Predicted XI
LIVE STREAMING INFO
When will the South Korea vs Portugal match kick-off?
The South Korea vs Portugal will kick-off at 8:30 PM IST, December 2.
Where will the South Korea vs Portugal match kick-off?
The South Korea vs Portugal match will kick-off at the Education City Stadium.
Where can you watch the South Korea vs Portugal match in India?
The South Korea vs Portugal match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
Where can you watch the South Korea vs Portugal match outside India?
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