Mohammed Kudus brace wins it for Ghana in thriller against South Korea

It is official. Soccer is the greatest sport on earth. Source: Monday’s early World Cup kickoffs.

Ghana looked in control against South Korea with two first-half goals, but they have the youngest team at the tournament and their inexperience snuck through around the hour mark when Cho Gue-sung scored a three-minute brace to level the score at two. With the game in the balance, up stepped Mohammed Kudus. 

The Ajax midfielder produced a moment of Ghanaian history as he scored to regain the lead with a relaxed and emphatic finish. The goal marks the first time that Ghana has ever scored three goals in a World Cup match and earned them just their fifth win in the competition. The 22-year-old had scored his side’s second as well, with a flicked header in the first half. 

South Korea pushed desperately for another equalizer, but despite 10 additional minutes of added time, referee Anthony Taylor blew his whistle to end the match with Ghana winning 3-2. With the South Koreans preparing to take a corner kick when time was called, manager Paulo Bento was incensed and Taylor subsequently sent him off for his protests.

Matchday two has been a redemption story for African nations with Senegal, Morocco and now Ghana all winning while Cameroon earned a highly entertaining 3-3 draw earlier today against Serbia. Every African team is still in with a shot of qualifying for the knockout round, so keep an eye on this week’s final fixtures. 

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