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South Korea vs Ghana: Preview, team news – November 28 – WC2022

When Ghana travels to the Education City Stadium to play South Korea on Monday, they risk being eliminated early from Group H of the 2022 World Cup. On the opening day, the Asian teams impressively held Uruguay to a scoreless draw while the Black Stars suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Portugal.
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South Korea vs Ghana form:

South Korea’s form:

On the opening day of the 2022 World Cup, there were a total of four 0-0 ties. South Korea put out a valiant effort in their 0-0 draw with Uruguay, however the woodwork did save them on a few times. Paulo Bento's team hung on for a point against their South American opponents, displaying their defensive resiliency that was also apparent in their most recent games before to Qatar. Federico Valverde and Diego Godin both had shots crash off the goal frame. After matchday one, there is no way to tell apart South Korea from Uruguay in terms of points, goals, or fair play points. South Korea is attempting to boost their chances of finishing in the top two with a victory over Ghana and move closer to qualifying for the knockout rounds for the first time since 2010.

The Tigers of Asia enter their match against Ghana having only lost one of their previous 10 matches across all competitions, and the Kim Min-jae-led defense has kept three consecutive clean sheets during a four-game unbeaten streak. Despite their strength in the defensive third, South Korea failed to register a shot on goal during the Uruguay draw for the second time in four World Cup games, and Ghana undoubtedly had some experience holding opponents at bay during the run-up to Qatar.

Ghana’s form:

Cristiano Ronaldo scored once again in a World Cup group game, but the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was powerless to stop the Selecao from nearly blowing a two-goal lead against Ghana on Thursday night. He could only watch in despair from the bench. After Ronaldo's penalty, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scored either side of Andre Ayew's response before Osman Bukari furthered the deficit's reduction. Diogo Costa, the goalkeeper for Portugal, nearly won the tournament's howler of the year award when he rolled the ball out without realizing Inaki Williams was behind him.

The 3-2 loss places Ghana at the bottom of Group H and puts them in genuine danger of being eliminated before the last matchday. The Athletic Bilbao forward instantly attempted to seize that golden opportunity right at the finish, but he slipped at the crucial time. No matter what happens in Uruguay's matchup with Portugal, Ghana will be eliminated if they lose to South Korea at the Education City Stadium, but the Black Stars are in good shape thanks to a six-game World Cup scoring streak. Monday's game will mark the 10th meeting between South Korea and Ghana in all competitions, with the last six yielding three wins apiece for both nations, but Ghana ran out convincing 4-0 winners during the most recent battle in a 2014 friendly.

Korea vs Ghana head to head:

Team news:

Son Heung-min, who recently had an eye socket fracture, played against Uruguay while wearing a protective mask, and South Korean supporters delighted at his return to health. Hwang Hee-chan, a fellow Premier League attacker who was an unused replacement on Thursday, will be unable to play today due to hamstring discomfort. Key center-back Kim Min-jae, who has been experiencing calf soreness and is listed as questionable for the match, has also caused concern for Bento.

As for Ghana, Otto Addo started the game against Portugal with a defensive-heavy system, which almost paid off, but the Black Stars may switch to a four-man defense if they need to win. For the meeting on Monday, Addo ought to be working with all 26 players because any system change would probably jeopardize Mohammed Salisu's position as Bukari and Kamaldeen Sulemana strive to return in a more aggressive setting. The Al-Sadd player's goal the most recent time out should be enough to see him keep his spot alongside Williams. Andre Ayew won the fight of the brothers with Jordan Ayew to start in the defeat to Portugal. Although right-back Alidu Seidu and Andre Ayew did practice separately from the squad on Friday, there is no reason to believe that they won't be ready for Monday.

Probable lineups:

South Korea: Seung-gyu; Moon-hwan, Min-jae, Young-gwon, Jin-su; Jung, In-beom; Na, Lee, Son; Ui-jo

Ghana: Ati Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Djiku, Baba; Partey, Abdul Samed; Sulemana, Kudus, A. Ayew; Williams

Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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