Black Stars revive World Cup hopes with gritty win over South Korea


Black Stars recorded their first victory against South Korea in their second Group H game at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

A brace from midfielder Mohammed Kudus and another from Mohammed Salisu saw Otto Addo’s side pick up their first three points at the tournament.

After a shaky start to the game, Ghana found their rhythm after weathering down the Korean storm in the opening 20 minutes.

They subsequently found the back of the net on the 24th minute mark, with Jordan Ayew assisting Mohammed Salisu for the goal from a free-kick he won in South Korea’s half.

The goal was Salisu’s second goal in the last three appearances for the Black Stars having scored against Switzerland in an international friendly prior to the start of the tournament in Qatar.

Jordan then set up Mohammed Kudus for the game’s second goal to put the Black Stars in a place of relative comfort before half time.

After the break, Ghana could have added a third but for poor finishing.

The Koreans however grew into the game, with Gue-Sung Cho beating Salisu to head past Lawrence Ati-Zigi to pull one back while he also rose above Gideon Mensah for the equalizer three minutes later.

Kudus then added Ghana’s third and his second of the game, connecting with a cross from the left wing of the pitch.

Despite late pressure from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning maximum three points in Group H.

The team’s next match is a must win game against Uruguay in their last group game. A win will ensure progression to the round of 16 stage of the tournament.

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