It looked like South Korea were going to be out of time against Portugal in Group H, with a 1-1 draw not giving them enough points to advance to the knockout round. That all changed with six minutes of stoppage time, and Hwang Hee-chan took advantage.
SOUTH KOREA TAKES THE LEAD— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 2, 2022
As it stands, South Korea is through on the goals scored tiebreaker pic.twitter.com/axw1HPX1vo
With this goal, South Korea take the lead on Uruguay in the “goals scored” category, which would give them the edge over the South American side. Uruguay could still advance if they add another goal against Ghana, but it might be too late. Uruguay won’t be too thrilled about Portugal essentially punting on this match, but the European side had nothing to play for in this contest. Resting their players for the knockout round was the right move.
We’ll have to wait on the Uruguay-Ghana final score to confirm South Korea’s placement in the round of 16 but for now it looks like Hwang Hee-chan is the hero for his country.