South Korea beat Portugal 2-1 thanks to a breakthrough in the first minute of stoppage time in their group stage final.
DOHA, Qatar — South Korean players line up in a circle in the center of the field with their eyes fixed on a mobile phone showing a game nearby that will determine their future at the World Cup.
The Koreans completed their task, beating Portugal 2-1 thanks to a goal in injury time.
Now comes an agonizing wait. They just need Uruguay not to score against Ghana in the remaining game of the group stage with at least six minutes left.
Some Korean fans prayed. Others cried, like captain Son Heung-min in the players’ conversation.
They may soon celebrate.
South Korea advanced to the round of 16 on goal difference, pushing Uruguay to third place in Group H on Friday.
Both teams finished with four points and had zero goal difference, but the Asian side scored four to Uruguay’s two.
When the match between Uruguay and Ghana ended with a score of 2-0 and Korea was sure to be second in the group, the players on the field burst into joy and sprayed water into the sky.
They then lined up and sprinted towards their fans behind one of the goals at Education City Stadium before performing a stunt in front of them.
South Korea even went 1-1 and were knocked out of the tournament when Portugal took a corner and Son took the lead with a breakthrough from close range in the first minute of stoppage time. He was surrounded by the retreating Portuguese defenders but had the brains to pass the ball past the opponent’s legs and to the pass of Hwang Hee-chan, who made a low shot. beat goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
Hwang took off his jersey and flexed his muscles. Some of his comrades fell to the ground. But the game still had five minutes of extra time.
When the final whistle sounded, Son – who was sobbing with joy – and other teammates fell to the field. South Korea’s coach Paulo Bento, of Portugal, waited patiently in the tunnel as the game between Uruguay and Ghana drew to a close.
Portugal went through after two games and took the top spot, guaranteeing Cristiano Ronaldo at least one more game in Qatar.
Ricardo Horta gave Portugal the lead in the fifth minute. South Korea equalized with Ronaldo’s helping hand after a winged corner turned his back on the ball.
Kim Young-gwon then cushioned the ball loosely into the net in the 27th minute to start a comeback that had a dramatic finish.
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