The Taeguk Warriors beat Portugal 2-1 on Friday evening. With a goalless draw against Uruguay, a 3-2 loss against Ghana and a 2-1 win over Portgual, Korea lands second in Group H and advances to the round of 16 for the first time in 12 years.
Hwang Hee-chan scored Korea's second goal in injury time on Friday during the match between Korea and Portugal. Hwang's second goal eventually became the winning goal as Korea won the match 2-1 and qualified for the round of 16.
The Taeguk Warriors are through to the knock out stages of the World cup beating Portugal 2-1 on Friday evening. After conceding a goal five minutes into the match, Kim Young-gwon scored the equalizer and Hwang Hee-chan scored the winner.
The Taeguk Warriors are hard-pressed for a win against No. 9 Portugal on Friday. While Portugal heads to the final group stage match having already booked their place in the knockout round, the Korean national team is riddled with injuries.
Hwang Hee-chan trains on the field at Al Egla Training Site in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday. He returned to the field to train after skipping out on several days due to hamstring discomfort and missing Korea's first two matches at the 2022 World Cup.
Hwang Hee-chan runs on the field at Al Egla Training Site in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday. Despite returning to the field to train after skipping out on several days due to hamstring discomfort, Hwang was unable to play Korea's first two matches.
Korean national team head coach Paulo Bento announced Sunday that Hwang Hee-chan will sit out Korea's match against Ghana on Monday. As of press time, the chances of defender Kim Min-jae starting the match also seem pretty slim.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) confirmed Saturday that national team defender Kim Min-jae is struggling with discomfort in his calf and skipped training on Friday and Saturday.
Hwang Hee-chan trains on the field during a training session on Saturday. He had noticeably skipped field training on Tuesday, just two days before kick off uggesting that what has been reported as hamstring discomfort may well be serious.
The Taeguk Warriors face a challenge the moment they step on to the pitch for the first time in Qatar on Thursday as Korea looks to beat the odds against world No. 14 Uruguay despite concerns about the fitness of first XI stalwarts like Son and Hwang