Kudos to Kudus as Ghana edge five-goal thriller with South Korea at World Cup

AP - Luca Bruno

Mohammed Kudus bagged a brace on Monday as Ghana baffled and ultimately battled to a pulsating 3-2 victory over South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Doha.

South Korea were all over Ghana in the opening 20 minutes of their Group H game forcing seven corners as their intricate passing threatened reward.

Ghana skipper André Ayew tried to establish a bridgehead in midfield but South Korea weaved their way around the veteran and Thomas Partey.

The intricacies were rendered redundant though when Ghana made the breakthrough in the 24th minute.

Hwang In-beom chopped down Jordan Ayew on the left hand touchline and the Ghana striker got up and stood over the ball for the ensuing free-kick.

Kudus joined him and then ran over the ball allowing Ayew to swing over the kick. Mohammed Salisu poked home in the ensuing melee.

Breakthrough

The strike - against the run of play - frazzled the South Koreans. Woo-Young Jung went into the book of referee Anthony Taylor for haulng down Kudus as he steamed towards the South Korea penalty area.

But just after the half hour, Kudus was on the scoresheet. Jordan Ayew swung over a cross from the left and the Ajax midfielder trotted in between Jin-Su Kim and Young-Gwon Kim to glance a header past goalkeeper Seung-Gyu Kim.

It was that easy. But with only the Ayew brothers having experience of a World Cup match, the question for Otto Addo's players was could they maintain their composure in the second-half?

Parity only lasted seven minutes.


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