Canada Global (Web News) Hee-Chan Hwang’s goal in injury time gave South Korea a thrilling victory against Portugal to win Group H on Friday and advance to the World Cup’s knockout round in Ar-Rayyan, Qatar.
In Group H, South Korea and Uruguay both had a record of 1-1-1, but South Korea advanced due to goals scored (4-2).
With a goal by Ricardo Horta in the fifth minute, Portugal, which finished top in the group despite losing to South Korea, took the lead. In the 27th minute, Young-Gwon Kim brought the score to a tie. Both sides had 13 shots total in the closely contested game, with six of those shots finding their targets.
For the first time since 2010 and just the third time in its history, South Korea made it out of group play. They’ll probably play the winner of Group G, Brazil. For the first time since reaching the semifinals in 1996, Portugal won its group. It will likely meet the victor of the Serbia vs. Switzerland Group G match in the round of 16.