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South Korea dupes Ronaldo and is in the World Cup round of 16

2022-12-02T17:26:07.701Z


South Korea duped Ronaldo and is in the World Cup round of 16 Created: 2022-12-02Updated: 2022-12-02, 6:17 p.m Match winner Hwang Heechan paved the way for South Korea's round of 16 entry. © Hassan Ammar/AP/dpa Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal away from legend Eusébio's record. He doesn't want to do much against South Korea, in the end there is a defeat for Portugal. Al-Rajjan - Outsider South Ko


South Korea duped Ronaldo and is in the World Cup round of 16

Created: 2022-12-02Updated: 2022-12-02, 6:17 p.m

Match winner Hwang Heechan paved the way for South Korea's round of 16 entry.

© Hassan Ammar/AP/dpa

Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal away from legend Eusébio's record.

He doesn't want to do much against South Korea, in the end there is a defeat for Portugal.

Al-Rajjan - Outsider South Korea has thwarted superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes of Eusébio's goal record and surprisingly made it into the World Cup round of 16.

The two-time Asian champions defeated favorites Portugal, who had already qualified for the knockout stage, 2-1 (1-1) in the last World Cup group game on Friday, taking second place ahead of Uruguay and Ghana.

For the South Koreans, who made the next coup by an Asian team the day after Japan's victory over Spain, it was only the third round of 16 in eleven World Cup appearances.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who stumped off the field when he was substituted in Qatar, has failed to score again and is a goal behind his legendary compatriot Eusébio in the World Cup tally.

However, winning the group was not in jeopardy for Ronaldo and company, which means that the Portuguese will take the supposedly easier route in the knockout stages of the finals in Qatar.

Young-Gwon Kim (27') equalized the early Portuguese opening goal by Ricardo Horta (5th minute) before Hee-Chan Hwang (90'+2') sent the South Koreans into a frenzy late on in front of 44,097 spectators at Education City Stadium.

Portugal personnel in gentle gear

Portugal coach Fernando Santos made six changes to his team, but Ronaldo remained in the starting XI.

Naturally.

After all, CR7 still had records in mind.

The first player to score at five World Cups, his goal in the opener against Ghana already making him a claim, but Ronaldo wanted more.

Hwang Heechan (r) shot South Korea to win against Portugal.

© Robert Michael/dpa

The striker engaged himself in the offensive game, but didn't want to succeed much.

In the 42nd minute, he dived freely in front of the South Korean goal for a header, but missed the target by a few meters.

Previously, the 37-year-old had lost his goalscoring qualities when he had a big chance but was offside (30').

And in the second half he didn't hit the ball properly in a promising position (52').

To make matters worse, Ronaldo, who was currently without a club, was also involved in the goal.

From a corner, the superstar looked unfortunate as the ball bounced off his back for Kim, who eventually just had to shoot in.

Ronaldo also had to hear "Messi" shouts from the South Korean fans.

After 65 minutes Santos then took his hapless offensive player off the field.

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"Our wish and that of Brazil is that we meet later," said Portugal coach Santos.

Accordingly, the Portuguese pushed the pace, but also revealed gaps on the defensive.

However, the South Koreans, who started with Jae-Sung Lee from Mainz, lacked penetrating power as is so often the case - until Hee-Chan Hwang struck in added time.

The former Hamburger and Leipziger scored a counterattack after submission by Son to the celebrated victory.

Portugal's Ricardo Horta (r) celebrates after scoring 0:1.

© Francisco Seco/AP/dpa

South Korea's coach Paulo Bento had to watch all of this from the stands.

Ironically, he was suspended against his home country after the red card because of his violent protest after the game against Ghana.

Bento had also coached Portugal and Ronaldo between 2010 and 2014 - albeit with moderate success.

dpa

Source: merkur

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