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Watch as members of the Ghanaian staff take a selfie with a distraught Son Heung-min following South Korea’s defeat at the FIFA World Cup

Watch as members of the Ghanaian staff take a selfie with a distraught Son Heung-min following South Korea’s defeat at the FIFA World Cup

Monday’s Group H match between South Korea and Ghana ended in a heartbreaking 2-3 loss despite South Korea’s valiant effort.

Mohammed Kudus scored twice to keep Ghana’s World Cup dreams alive and send Paulo Bento’s team to the elimination round. Midway through the first half at Education City Stadium, Mohammed Salisu opened the score against the run of play, and Ajax midfielder Kudus doubled the Black Stars’ lead.

The Asian team, which appeared weak in the first half, came back in the second half, tying the score with two quick goals from striker Cho Gue-sung either side of the hour mark.

Ghana were stunned as the Korean supporters celebrated noisily, but they regained the lead in the 68th minute when Kudus calmly converted at the back post after Inaki Williams failed to connect with a left-wing cross. The outcome places Ghana in second place in Group H with three points.

The South Koreans were dejected by the loss. Son Heung-min, their best player and captain, can be seen crying in a video circulating on social media as a member of the Ghana coaching staff takes a selfie with him. However, he is told to halt by another member of the Ghana staff.

The sole point earned by South Korea was in their opening 0-0 draw against Uruguay.

“It was emotional, ups and downs,” said Ghana coach Otto Addo, who admitted South Korea were dominant at the start of the match and gave his team huge problems after the break.

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“At the end we were a bit lucky but this is football,” he added. “Against Portugal we were unlucky and now we’re lucky and we’re really, really happy that our passionate fight got rewarded.”

Watch as members of the Ghanaian staff take a selfie with a distraught Son Heung-min following South Korea’s defeat at the FIFA World Cup

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