South Korea vs Ghana Odds & Recap
Second Batch of Group H Matches Gets Underway
⚽South Korea vs Ghana: Game Recap⚽
Results: South Korea 2-3 Ghana
In what was the most exciting match of the World Cup so far, Mohammed Kudus scored the winning goal for Ghana as they saw off South Korea 3-2.
In a game with plenty of opportunities, Ghana capitalized on mistakes made in the South Korean defense throughout the first half, which prompted them to take the lead.
Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew delivered a superb free-kick from a set-piece into the 18-yard box that found Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu, who poked the ball past Kim Seung-Gyu to give his nation the lead. Ghana quickly doubled their advantage when Ayew whipped in another excellent cross that found Mohammed Kudus, who fired the ball into the bottom left-hand corner with a glancing header.
The second half saw a completely different response from South Korea, and they got themselves back in the game through Gue-Sung Cho, who fired home a brilliant header after a beautiful cross from substitute Kang-In Lee. Sung Cho bagged his second quickly when Kim Jin-Su delivered the ball from the left-hand side of the pitch.
Ghana then retook the lead when Kudus slotted the ball low into the bottom right-hand corner of the net to set off glorious scenes in the Education City Stadium.
South Korea’s wing-backs struggled to defend crosses coming into the box throughout the entirety of the match, and that is ultimately where Ghana punished them for their mistakes.
Overall, Ghana deserved their victory and will go into their last group match against Uruguay with the hope they can progress to the knockouts.
Did We Get It Right?
Below you will find all the predictions we made before the matchup, on November 25, 2022.
Ghana’s Down but Not Out
When the World Cup draw came out, most expected Portugal and Uruguay to be the two teams to advance. While that very well may be the case, South Korea and Ghana certainly aren’t making it easy. South Korea held Uruguay to a draw in their opening match. Meanwhile, Ghana nearly got a bizarre equalizer in the dying embers of a thrilling match vs. Portugal but fell 3-2. The two Group H underdogs will meet on Monday so let’s take a closer look at the South Korea vs Ghana odds.
South Korea vs Ghana
Date, time (TV):
Location: Education City Stadium, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar
Streaming: FS1, Telemundo, Peacock
Team Stats and Odds:
|Team||FIFA World Ranking||World Cup Qualifying Record||Knockout Stage Odds||Odds to Win Group||Odds to Win World Cup|
|South Korea||28||7-2-1, 2nd AFC Group A||+180||+1100||+25000|
|Ghana||61||4-3-1, 1st CAF Group G||+330||+2800||+35000|
|Jun. 2014:||Ghana 4-0 South Korea|
|Jun. 2011:||South Korea 2-1 Ghana|
|Oct. 2006:||South Korea 1-3 Ghana|
|Jun. 2006:||Ghana 3-1 South Korea|
|Jun. 1997:||South Korea 3-0 Ghana|
South Korea and Ghana have met on nine previous occasions. The all-time series is tied 4-4, with a draw. The last time these teams met was in a 2014 friendly that Ghana won 4-0. Jordan Ayew, who’s on Ghana’s 2022 roster scored a hat trick in the match. Soccer betting tips would typically advise not placing much weight on a match from eight years ago, though. This will be the first-ever World Cup match between South Korea and Ghana.
South Korea: In Group H Mix
Standings: 0-1-0, T-2nd
Previous Match: D, 0-0 vs. Uruguay
Upcoming Match: Dec. 2 vs. Portugal
All things considered, Paulo Bento and South Korea won’t complain about getting a point off of Uruguay. Sure, Hwang Ui-Jo squandered a great chance in the first half but South Korea came in as +400 underdogs. South Korea’s key man Heung-Min Son also had to play with a facemask after fracturing his eye socket with Tottenham. Son had another injury scare during the match but was able to carry on. Still, he didn’t look like his usual energetic self in the Uruguay match.
According to FIFA data, neither Uruguay nor South Korea managed to put a single shot on target in the match. That’s the first time that’s happened in the 21st century. Still, South Korea now have a clearer path to advancing out of the group. The pre-tournament FIFA matchups and lines listed South Korea as +225 underdogs to advance. Now, they sit at +180 odds. South Korea have only advanced from the knockout stage in one of their last four appearances in the World Cup, though.
Along with Heung-Min Son, Hwang-Hee Chan is nursing an injury. The Wolverhampton Wanderers forward, nicknamed “The Bull”, missed Thursday’s match vs. Uruguay and his status is uncertain for Monday’s match.
Ghana: Showed Resilience vs. Portugal
Standings: 0-1, 4th
Previous Match: L, 3-2 vs. Portugal
Upcoming Match: Dec. 2 vs. Uruguay
Ghana managed to frustrate Portugal for the entirety of the first half of their match on Thursday. The Black Stars even had a couple of good chances but conceded a penalty midway through the second half and the match completely changed. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first male player to score at five World Cups as he converted past Ghana keeper Lawrence Ati Zigi. Ghana’s most experienced player, Andre Ayew, equalized just eight minutes later.
The match became stretched out and the last 15 minutes were thrilling. Ghana conceded twice in the 78th and 80th minutes and it looked like things might get ugly. However, substitute Osman Bukari got a goal back for Ghana on a header in the 89th minute and they put pressure on Portugal until the very end. Inaki Williams hid in the goal and tricked Portugal keeper Diogo Costa as he rolled the ball out at the very end of stoppage time. Williams stole it but slipped as he tried to slot home the equalizer.
All in all, it was a valiant effort from Ghana, the tournament’s lowest ranked team. They’ve shown they can compete with top sides and have some bright individual talents. Ajax man Mohammed Kudus was a huge threat for Ghana and Ayew has still got it.
Match Analysis and Odds:
The South Korea vs Ghana odds imply that this will be quite a competitive match. It’s listed as a pick’em, where South Korea show -125 odds to cover and Ghana come in at +105 odds. This is a tricky match for bettors to predict given such a limited recent head-to-head history and the rarity with which Asian teams play African teams.
The moneylines are as follows: South Korea +160, Ghana +195 and Draw +210. All of these outcomes are more than possible but both teams will only be satisfied with all three points here.
It’s the most winnable game of the group stage for both teams, so expect them to try to seize the moment. Ghana might be the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup but they caused a fair bit of danger to Portugal. Mohammed Kudus is at the center of most things attacking-wise and South Korea will focus on containing him.
The over/under goal total for the match is currently listed as two. Over two shows a -125 price, while the under sits at +105. South Korea and Ghana may not meet often but when they do, goals have been the norm. Their last six head-to-head matchups have finished with three or more goals scored. South Korea are going for a fourth straight shutout, though. Don’t sleep on this match as it could be one of the more entertaining fixtures of the next few days.