South Korea snatches a 2-1 comeback win over Portugal in the World Cup on Friday, December 2. Full story:
Talisman Son Heung-min sets up Hwang Hee-chan to fire a last-gasp winner against the favored Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal
AL RAYYAN, Qatar – South Korea’s Hwang Hee-chan scored in added time to snatch a 2-1 comeback win over Portugal on Friday, December 2 (Saturday, December 3, Manila time), but they then faced an agonizing 10-minute wait on the pitch before discovering it was enough to send them into the World Cup last 16 on goals scored.Agence-France-Presse DOHA (AFP) — Vincent Aboubakar headed in a stoppage-time winner and was then sent off as Cameroon claimed a memorable 1-0 victory over favorite Brazil at the World Cup on Friday, Dec.Neymar after an ankle injury.Agence-France-Presse SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a barrage of artillery shells into a maritime buffer zone on Monday, Seoul’s military said, the latest in a series of launches by an increasingly belligerent Pyongyang.
Having started the day bottom of Group H, Korea looked to be going out with a whimper as they trailed already-qualified Portugal 1-0, with Uruguay leading Ghana 2-0 half an hour into their game.But when Kim Young-gwon leveled after 27 minutes they knew one more goal could be enough – providing Uruguay did not extend their lead.Cameroon’s forward Vincent Aboubakar (left) scores his team’s first goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G football match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on December 2, 2022.It came when talisman Son Heung-min broke from a Portugal corner and slipped a perfect passto Hwang who fired past Diogo Costa to spark wild celebrations.Brazil fans also unfurled a banner with a get well soon message for Pele ahead of the Cameroon game, which the Selecao lost 1-0 as they went down to their first defeat in the group stage since 1998.However, the other game had started its second half seven minutes later, leaving the Korean players and staff in a center circle huddle, watching the action unfold across the city on mobile phones.He was booked for removing his shirt in the wild celebrations that followed and, having already been cautioned, had to leave his teammates to see out the remainder of the game.Another goal would have put the South Americans through but, though they piled forward, it did not materialize and the Koreans exploded in joy at having reached the knockout phase for the first time since 2010 – when they lost to Uruguay.“Our military is strengthening its readiness posture in preparation for emergencies while tracking and monitoring related developments under close cooperation between South Korea and the United States,” it added.
Portugal top the final standings on six points.Having won their first two matches in Qatar, Brazil topped the group and advance to a last-16 tie against South Korea when their many key players who were rested for this game will return.Brazil has a fearsome range of attacking options, even with Gabriel Jesus having gone home injured, but they have scored just once since Neymar came off with a sprained ankle in their opening 2-0 win over Serbia on November 24.South Korea and Uruguay have four points with the same goal difference but Korea went through to the knockout stage by virtue of scoring four goals to the two of Uruguay, who before Friday were the only team in the tournament not to have scored.Son’s tears At the final whistle, a fatigued Son collapsed onto the ground and removed his mask, tears streaming down his face.Martinelli impresses Tite’s mind was on the knockout stage here as he made nine changes, including handing a start to 39-year-old Dani Alves, making him Brazil’s oldest ever men’s international player.“I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time… and I believed we could get it done,” Son, whose two previous World Cups had ended in group stage exits, said.“With his return the whole team will improve,” said Richarlison, scorer of both goals against Serbia, on Friday.Then he graciously added: “I have not been doing a good job as their captain, but my teammates have covered my back.They also had the 21-year-old Gabriel Martinelli on the left and the Arsenal prospect was their standout performer.Buffer zones At a summit in Pyongyang in 2018, former South Korean president Moon Jae-in and the North’s Kim Jong Un agreed to establish buffer zones along land and sea boundaries in a bid to reduce tensions.
I am so thankful for them and so proud of them.” “They never gave up and made sacrifices for the team.Martinelli also threatened in first-half stoppage time with a dribble across the edge of the area and a shot that Epassy turned behind.I think him coming back will make me better.” Few of the team’s players would agree with those comments as, despite Son’s massive profile in South Korea and his Premier League riches, he would run through brick walls for his country.“I was convinced he would pass me the ball,” said goalscorer Hwang of Son.The Brazil fans, who unfurled a banner with a “Get Well Soon” message for Pele, cheered loudly when Neymar appeared on screens inside the enormous stadium.“It was an excellent pass and it made my job much easier.If they win at Doha’s Stadium 974 they will advance to a quarter-final against Japan or Croatia, with a last-four showdown against great rivals Argentina still on the cards.Officials and analysts in Seoul and Washington say the launches may build up to a seventh nuclear test.
” “It was difficult waiting for the Uruguay-Ghana result but we proved we could make the knockout phase,” he added.Brazil had won all seven previous meetings with African opponents at the World Cup, including beating Cameroon in 1994 and again in 2014, and Martinelli was their most likely source of a goal.“I would like to share these great feelings with the people back home.” Nerve-shredding drama The turnaround marked a third successive World Cup night of nerve-shredding drama and also made it the first time three Asian Confederation teams have made the last 16 with Japan and Australia also through.Eager to study all his attacking options, Tite sent on the Flamengo duo of Everton Ribeiro and Pedro, but he also saw Alex Telles come off hurt in the second half.“They are an aggressive and strong team.The Koreans will face Brazil next.They will again be outsiders but, having scored four of their last seven World Cup goals in the 90th minute or beyond, have shown they never give up.‘Tears of happiness’ Son Heung-min said he cried “tears of happiness” after South Korea scored a last-gasp winner to beat Portugal 2-1 and reach the World Cup last 16.
South Korea did not get off to a great start on Friday as winger Ricardo Horta put Portugal ahead in the fifth minute when he tucked away a neat cut-back by Diogo Dalot.Alex Telles, who replaced Alex Sandro at left-back against Cameroon, is out of the tournament with a knee injury.Korea leveled when Kim forced the ball home after a corner.They faced a nervous wait on the pitch for Uruguay’s match against Ghana to finish.Cristiano Ronaldo, seeking a goal to equal Eusebio’s national World Cup record of nine, struggled to make an impact, though Kim Seung-gyu did save one sharp early effort.The Portugal captain had another one-on-one with Kim but his effort was too weak to trouble the keeper and he was eventually taken off after 65 minutes.Tottenham striker Son was again not at his best and has still not scored in Qatar, but produced a brilliant assist for Hwang’s winner.Yet the reality is that whoever plays will be expected to be too strong for South Korea, even if in Son Heung-min the Asian upstarts have their own superstar attacker.Korea struggled to get a strong foothold in the game but, just as they did in vain in their defeat by Ghana, they showed an amazing commitment to keep going – and eventually reaped the reward.
Portugal will now face Switzerland.“I believe these tears are tears of happiness,” he said.“We wanted to go through with a win, we wanted to go through playing good football,” coach Fernando Santos said.TAGS:.“We’re not going to lose confidence but it’s a warning, a serious warning.“There were moments when I wasn’t able to do my best and I am thankful for my team-mates that they were able to cover me in the moments I wasn’t able to fulfil my duties, and I’m very proud of them.” – Rappler.com..
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