Ghana overcome South Korea in second thriller of the day

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Ghana gave their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 a huge boost when they overcame South Korea in a topsy-turvy Group H encounter.

The Black Stars took the lead midway through the first half when a set-piece delivery into the box was scrambled in from close range by Mohammed Salisu. The goal was allowed to stand despite a VAR check against André Ayew for handball.

The second Ghana goal came 10 minutes later. A great cross into the box from Jordan Ayew found Mohammed Kudus to head home superbly.

South Korea pulled a goal back just before the hour mark, when Ghana’s Tariq Lamptey was caught in possession and Lee Kang-in’s cross into the box was headed in by Cho Gue-sung.

And within two minutes they were level. Cho was again the scorer with another header, this time from Kim Jin-su’s cross.

But their joy was short-lived, with Kudus soon bagging his second of the game to put Ghana 3-2 up with a low finish after a cross found its way to him at the back post.

South Korea went in search of another equaliser but some good goalkeeping from Ghana’s Lawrence Ati-Zigi kept the score at 3-2 when the full-time whistle blew.

The result leaves Ghana on three points, while South Korea remain on one.