South Korea will play at home with Portugal in the 3rd round of the group stage of the World Cup. The match will take place on December 2, starting at 15:00 GMT.
World Cup 2022
The South Korea national team was not considered a clear contender for the playoffs – opponents such as Portugal and Uruguay left little chance of success.
In the first round, the team played with Uruguay, which they managed to impose their game on. In general, the match was held in an equal fight, where the team did not lose anything, taking one point in a draw (0-0).
In the second round, South Korea was already considered the favorite in the confrontation with Ghana. However, they conceded in the match, before the break they allowed the opponent to score with one more goal.
Having made a comeback by the 61st minute, South Korea did not even hold a draw in the end, making another scoring error, losing (2-3).
The Portugal national team before the start of the group stage was considered the main contender for victory in the group. In the first round, the team played with Ghana, where they probably expected to get an easy victory.
However, the opponents did not want to give points, and in a tough fight the Portuguese won (3-2), almost losing the victory in stoppage time.
In the second round, Portugal was more organized against Uruguay, collected in defense, they did not allow anything at their gates to create an opponent before their goal was scored.
In the second half, constant pressure brought success – twice Portugal scored goals, and the opponent was already exhausted. As a result, victory (2-0) and a ticket to the playoffs was thus obtained.
Players to watch
Cho Gue-Sung last made his name by scoring his first goals in a World Cup final, meaning the player has scored eight goals in his last seven appearances for club and country.
Bruno Fernandes, who has now had a hand in four of Portugal’s five tournament goals after being rightfully awarded his first goal of the tournament.
Head to Head
The two teams have met just once, with that meeting coming in the group stage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
South Korea, who co-hosted the tournament alongside Japan, recorded a (1-0) win in that game.
|South Korea win 4.60||Draw 3.95||Portugal win 1.81|
The Portuguese national team has already issued a ticket to the playoffs and today they can afford to play without much pressure for the result.
The mentor will definitely use rotation, there will not be much motivation – it is obvious that the team will not perform at full strength.
This may well be used by South Korea, which needs a victory.
What is the prediction for South Korea vs Portugal?
South Korea vs Portugal Prediction: Both Teams To Score – 1.81.