Mohammed Kudus struck twice in a pulsating game as Ghana beat South Korea 3-2 to register their first win in World Cup Group H.

South Korea had all the early pressure, forcing seven corners in the first 20 minutes, but it was Mohammed Salisu who gave Ghana the lead against the run of play after a goalmouth scramble (24).

Kudus doubled the advantage (34) with a precision glancing header after a beautifully delivered Jordan Ayew cross from the left-hand side.

Cho Gue Song scored two quick-fire headers to bring South Korea back on level terms around the hour-mark, before Kudus added his second of the game in the 68th minute with a well-taken finish to make it 3-2.

Salisu was forced to clear off the line late on to ensure Ghana came away from the Education City Stadium with all three points, keeping their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages well and truly alive.

Big moments in the game…

  • 4 min: Cho Gue Song is inches away from connecting with a cross from the byline to give South Korea an early lead.
  • 8 min: Jeong Woo-Yeong’s effort is diverted behind, with Ghana eventually clearing their lines after an almighty goalmouth scramble following the corner.
  • 24 min:Mohammed Salisu heads Ghana into the lead against the run of play despite a VAR check after the ball strayed ominously close to Andre Ayew’s arm in the build-up.
  • 34 min: Mohammed Kudus doubles Ghana’s lead with a glancing header after a beautifully delivered cross by Jordan Ayew from the left side.
  • 58 min: Cho Gue Song heads South Korea back into the game
  • 61: min: Another brilliant header from Cho Gue Song gets South Korea level
  • 68: min: Mohammed Kudus slots home to reinstate Ghana’s lead
  • 78: min: Mohamed Salisu clears off the line for Ghana
  • 90+4: min: Ghana goalkeeper Lawrence Ati denies Cho Gue Song with a great save

What does the result mean?

Ghana’s first win of the tournament means they are in control of their own destiny in terms of qualifying for the knockout stages heading into their last match against Uruguay on Friday.

South Korea can still qualify for the knockout stages but they will need to beat Portugal in their last group game on Friday.

What else happened at the World Cup on Monday?

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scores for Cameroon to make it 3-3

Cameroon kept alive their faint hopes of reaching the round of 16 after substitute Vincent Aboubakar inspired a breathless comeback in a 3-3 draw with Serbia in Group G.

Jean-Charles Castelletto gave Cameroon an early lead before Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored in the space of two-and-a-half minutes to give Serbia a half-time lead.

Aleksandar Mitrovic extended that lead further before Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting completed the comeback for Cameroon.

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