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.
Son Heung-min, center, walks on the pitch with teammates upon their arrival for the Korea's official training on the eve of the group H World Cup football match between Korea and Portugal, at the Al Egla Training Site 5 in Doha, Qatar on Thursday.
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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.
Son Heung-min heads a ball during a training session at Al Egla Training Site in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday ahead of Korea's final group stage match aginst Portugal scheduled on Friday.
The Black Stars claimed three vital points in a goal-fest at the Education City Stadium. All is still open in Group H of the World Cup in Qatar.
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.