PLAYER RATINGS: Mohammed Kudus and Jordan Ayew SHINE in crucial win for Ghana, but Heung-Min Son fails to deliver for South Korea in another World Cup classic
There was yet another World Cup classic on Monday as Ghana secured a crucial 3-2 victory over South Korea in Group H.
In an end-to-end encounter, Ghana raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Mohammed Salisu and Mohammed Kudus – both from Jordan Ayew crosses.
South Korea then hit back after the break and two superb headers from Cho Gue-Sung levelled the game, before Kudus restored Ghana’s lead seven minutes later.
Ghana secured a memorable 3-2 win over South Korea in another World Cup classic match
Otto Addo’s side picked up their first win of the tournament and are well-placed for the last-16
Despite huge Korean pressure, Ghana held firm and saw out the game to earn the three points, while South Korea boss Paulo Bento was dismissed by English referee Anthony Taylor after full-time.
Following the enthralling clash, Sportsmail has rated both teams’ players.
South Korea (4-2-3-1)
Seung-Gyu Kim – Wasn’t at fault for any of the three Ghana goals but the Black Stars did score from their three shots on target. 6
Moon-Hwan Kim – All three goals were created down Ghana’s left and therefore South Korea’s right-hand-side. 6
Min-Jae Kim – Showed why he has been receiving such plaudits for Napoli this season as he looked impressive, while evidently not being fully fit due to a niggle. 7
Young-Gwon Kim – Didn’t look as assured as his partner Min-Jae and struggled to deal with Ghana’s crosses. 6
Jin-Su Kim – Looked a threat going forward but missed two gilt-edged chances late on. 6
South Korea left-back Jin-Su Kim missed two big chances late on to level the classic clash
In-Beom Hwang – Caused problems by the impressive Kudus who was operating in attacking midfield for Ghana. 6
Woo-Young Jung – Looked calm and composed before he was replaced after 79 minutes. 7
Chang-Hoon Kwon – Looked neat and tidy but didn’t really have any final product. 6
Woo-Yeong Jeong – Hooked at half time after struggling to get involved in the game. 6
Heung-Min Son – South Korea’s talisman and most moves went through him but he failed to step up, having a number of shots blocked, while his corners were below his usual quality. 6.5
Heung-Min Son is his country’s talisman but struggled to impact the game going forward
Gue-Sung Cho – A real star for South Korea – the physical centre-forward impressed and scored two classic headers, but he did miss a late chance. 8
Lawrence Ati-Zigi – Perhaps a little theatrical but made some really important saves when Ghana were under severe pressure at the end. 7
Tariq Lamptey – Looked the player who had caught the eye for Brighton last year as he was combative and efficient on the right-side. 7
Daniel Amartey – The Leicester City man was resolute when South Korea were bombarding the box with crosses late on, winning header after header. 7
Mohamed Salisu – Scored his second international goal in just his fifth cap and was solid with Amartey at the back to help hold on for the win. 7.5
Ghana’s Mohammed Salisu opened the scoring and was extremely solid in defence in the win
Gideon Mensah – Was impressive up and down the left and helped to set up Kudus’s winner. 7
Salis Abdul Samed – Did his job at the base of the midfield and helped to wrestle control back for Ghana in the first half. 7
Thomas Partey – Not at his best but another part of a memorable win. 6.5
Mohammed Kudus – Absolutely brilliant and showed why he’s been shining in the Champions League this season – great glancing header for his first and a fine slotted finish for the winner. 9
Jordan Ayew – A fantastic display from the hard-working Crystal Palace forward as he put in two superb balls for Ghana’s opening two goals. 8
Mohammed Kudus was exceptional and showed why he’s been starring for Ajax this season
The hard-working Jordan Ayew put in two exceptional balls for Ghana’s first two goals
Andre Ayew – Worked hard up-front and linked well with his brother Jordan, Kudus and Williams. 7
Inaki Williams – Did a lot of work that went under the radar, and his blushes were saved after fluffing his shot, only to see the ball deviate to Kudus for the winner, giving Williams a rather ironic assist. 7