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World Cup 2022 - South Korea 2-1 Portugal: Hee-Chan Hwang's late winner sends Koreans through to last 16

Baku, December 3, AZERTAC

South Korea dramatically reached the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup on goals scored after Hee-Chan Hwang struck a 91st-minute winner to beat Portugal 2-1 in Al Rayyan, according to Sky Sports.

Only twice before in their history had South Korea advanced to the knockout stages of the World Cup, but Wolves forward Hwang came off the bench to send reverberations from the Education City Stadium to Seoul in dramatic fashion as he latched onto Heung-Min Son's pass to slot past Diogo Costa (90+1).

Uruguay were beating Ghana 2-0, meaning South Korea needed only to beat Portugal to reach the last 16 on goals scored - four goals to two - and in the first minute of stoppage time, Hwang obliged.

The last-gasp victory for South Korea catapulted them from fourth to second place in Group H ahead of Uruguay, who failed to score enough goals to finish above the Asians.

Portugal top the group on six points while South Korea join them having finished second in Group H. Uruguay are eliminated despite their victory over Ghana.

Portugal will now face runners-up of Group G, Switzerland, on Tuesday December 6 - Kick-off 7pm.

South Korea take on Group G winners Brazil on Monday December 5 - Kick-off 7pm.

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