Ghana defeated South Korea in an exhilarating match in front of a boisterous crowd at Qatar’s Education City Stadium.
The African nation took a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu and Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus.
However, Ghana fans’ raucous celebrations at halftime were dampened by South Korea’s comeback after the break.
Cho Gue-sung, the top scorer in his domestic league, leveled the game after 61 minutes with two stunning headers in three minutes.
But Kudus, who had deftly headed in Jordan Ayew’s cross in the first half, added a final twist when he thumped in a third for Ghana, breaking South Korea’s hearts.
Chances continued to fall South Korea’s way as they sought an equalizer, but Ghana held on despite 10 minutes of added time.
For the first time in World Cup history, Ghana scored three goals.
At the final whistle, many South Korean players fell to the ground, and manager Paulo Bento was sent off for arguing with English referee Anthony Taylor about not allowing a corner despite the fact that 10 minutes had passed.
In contrast, ecstatic Ghana substitutes ran onto the pitch to celebrate, while fans in the stands blew whistles and danced.
With Portugal up next for South Korea, this feels like a significant defeat, whereas Ghana, despite losing to Portugal, will face Uruguay in good spirits in their final game.