South Korea V Portugal

Group H comes to a conclusion with the game between South Korea and Portugal. Portugal has already qualified for the knockout stages after winning their opening games against Uruguay and Ghana. South Korea find itself in a precarious situation as they need to win against Portugal and for Uruguay to win their match against Ghana to progress. 

Shifting our focus onto the FIFA rankings for both countries, we have South Korea in 28th place and Portugal in ninth place. South Korea have fond memories of meeting Portugal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup when South Korea won 1-0 to confirm the top spot in their group. 

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In their previous games, South Korea showed great potential in the way they played and were unlucky to come out short against Ghana as they played out a thrilling encounter. Mohammed Kudus was on hand for Ghana to calm nerves as he scored the winner late on in the game. South Korea registered an astonishing amount of crosses into Ghana’s box — two of them found Cho Gue-sung’s head. 

Going up against Portugal, who already qualified for the knockout stage, might be good news for the Asian side as they might be afforded more opportunities and time on the ball. One thing that they need to improve on is defending set pieces. The first goal against Ghana came from a set piece and later on, a similar delivery led to the second. With Cristiano Ronaldo in the opposition team, one can evidently see the disparity in height and ability to head the ball. 

South Korea is priced at 35/4 (9.75) to win 1-0 with a goal anytime during the match from Heung-min Son at 17/9 (2.90)


Two impressive victories from Portugal see them qualify for the next round of the tournament with relative ease. The only change in the team was Pepe in place of Ruben Dias, who lacked concentration in the closing stages of the game against Ghana. The change was justified as Portugal managed to win against Uruguay without conceding a goal. 

Portuguese players look to be enjoying their football, and even late on when substitutes are introduced, such as Rafael Leao, who has bags of pace and great finishing. Focus will still be on the game at hand as continuation is key in such tournaments; one cannot discard this chance to build up confidence. Cristiano Ronaldo had his ‘goal’ credited to teammate Bruno Fernandes as another controversy surrounds the two stars. 

A comfortable result of 2-0 for Portugal is priced at 18/5 (4.60) with a marquee goal from Cristiano Ronaldo at 9/11 (1.82) 

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The more likely Portuguese win is priced at 7/11 (1.64) with South Korea at 30/7 (4.30) to win and put pressure on Ghana whilst a draw is priced at 23/7 (4.30) 


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