South Korea are currently sitting at the third spot in Group H, with just a solitary point to their name, two adrift of second placed Ghana and level with fourth placed Uruguay, who have an inferior goal-difference.
South Korea will take on Portugal in a Group H fixture at Education City Stadium, aiming to book a spot in the last-16 stage of the Qatar World Cup. The Navigators have won their opening two games to collect six points and reach the knockouts. South Korea, meanwhile, began their campaign with a goalless draw against Uruguay before losing 3-2 against Ghana on Monday. The Asain outfit are currently sitting at the third spot in the group, with just a solitary point to their name, two adrift of second placed Ghana and level with fourth placed Uruguay, who have an inferior goal-difference. Portugal need just a point to be certain of finishing at the top of the section, while the Taeguk Warriors need to overcome the European heavyweights to stand any chance of progressing to the round of 16.
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South Korea were unlucky not to get anything from their last outing against the Black stars. Paulo Bento’s side managed to fight back from two goals down to level the score at 2-2, courtesy of a brace from Chu Gue-Sung, just past the hour mark at the Education city Stadium, but Mohammed Kudus’ second of the night in the 68th minute secured all three points for the African outfit. Meanwhile, if Bento’s side beat the Navigators and Uruguay got the better of Ghana, the goal-difference would separate the two sides.
Portugal, on the other hand, have already sealed qualification and a win or a draw against the Tigers of Asia wil seal the top spot in the group. The Navigators started off their campaign with a 3-2 win over Ghana before beating Uruguay 2-0 on Monday. Bruno Fernandes’ second-half brace helped Fernando Santos’s side get the better of the Sky blue at Lusail Stadium. Ahead of the final matchday, the team are top of the section, three points clear of second-placed Ghana, who are in pole position to secure second qualification spot.
South Korea forward Hwang Hee-Chan is nursing a hamstring injury and is unlikely to make his first appearance at the Qatar World Cup on Friday. Therefore, Cho Gue-Sung, who scored a brace against Ghana, is likely to lead the line, with Tottenham Hotspur-man Son Heung-min and Kwang Chan-hoon occupying the flanks. SC Freiburg’s Jeong Woo-Yeong might operate behind the striker in a free role. As for Portugal, Santos might be tempted to rotate his squad in order to freshen up things. AC Milan winger Rafael Leo is likely to join Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno up front. Defender Danilo is sidelined with fractured ribs, while Otavio is doubtful with an injury.
South Korea probable starting lineup: Seung-gyu, moon-hwan, min-jae, Young-gwon, jin-su, Woo-young, In-beom, Chang-hoon, Woo-yeong, Heung-min, Gue-sung
Portugal probable starting lineup: Costa, Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro, Bernardo, Neves, Palhinha, Fernandes, Ronaldo, Leao
|Costa Rica||2-2 (D)|
|Czech Republic||0-4 (W)|
|South Korea beat Portugal||1-0|
The FIFA World Cup match between South Korea and Portugal will take place at Education city Stadium on Friday at 8:30 pm IST.
|South Korea vs Portugal||Key Details|
|Venue||Education City Stadium|
|Kickoff time in India||8:30 pm|
|Kickoff time in South Korea||12:00 am (Saturday)|
|Kickoff time in Portugal||3:00 pm|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||6:00 pm|
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that Jio Cinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Besides, the match between South Korea and Portugal can be seen on SBS network, KBS2 Korea and MBC Korea in South Korea; and Sport TV network in Portugal.