South Korea vs Portugal
World Cup – 2022
Date: Friday, 2 December 2022
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Education City Stadium.
When Portugal plays South Korea on Friday at the Education City Stadium, they will need at least a point to win Group H.
Portugal will attempt to maintain their unblemished record when they take on South Korea in their final Group H match.
Qualification has already been guaranteed. Brazil will be waiting in the wings for the Seleccao in the following round if they fail to win the group.
South Korea is yet to record a victory at the FIFA World Cup 2022. But if they want to stand a chance of making it to the Round of 16, they must win.
With all of their available tools, they were able to repel Uruguay and play La Celeste to a scoreless draw.
They put forth a diligent performance against Ghana to solidify their resolve, but they were unable to advance because of a late goal from Mohammed Kudus.
With one point on the board, South Korea is currently in third place and needs to defeat Portugal to keep their chances alive.
Additionally, they will be praying that Uruguay beats Ghana because goal differential could be important in this situation.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been at the center of scandals, has been the focal point of Portugal’s World Cup campaign.
During Portugal’s opening strike against Uruguay, the 37-year-old appeared to have headed the ball.
Bruno Fernandes eventually received the opportunity to shoot, and he did so successfully to secure the three points.
Nuno Mendes has been eliminated from the World Cup, and Cristiano Ronaldo and Danilo Pereira are also questionable due to injuries.
They do not appear interested in taking on Brazil so early in the competition, so Fernando Santos will be fielding a strong team.
South Korea vs Portugal Head to head :
- In the only clash between the two teams so far, the Koreans recorded a 1-0 win. The match-up took place in the 2022 World Cup.
South Korea vs Portugal Prediction :
Portugal still has the ability to shock teams even without Cristiano Ronaldo.
In spite of their best efforts, South Korea may find it difficult to overcome their opponent’s superior squad depth.
Therefore, the outcome of the match between Ghana and Uruguay will decide who, in addition to Portugal, moves on to the Round of 16.
The euworld believes Fernando Santos and his team will triumph 3-1 on Friday.
South Korea vs Portugal Team News :
Due to a hamstring issue, Hwang Hee-chan has been inactive for South Korea so far in the tournament, and the forward is still a big question mark for Friday’s match.
Son Heung-min, 30, will start for Bento’s team in this game and is expected to earn his 107th cap for the national team.
Kim Min-jae of Napoli will line up in the middle of the defense.
The South Korean starting lineup will once again be led by Cho Gue-sung, who scored twice against Ghana the last time they played.
Kwon Chang-hoon should keep his spot in the wide position.
Hwang At-beom should have his own space in the park’s center.
Nuno Mendes, a defender for Portugal, had to be replaced in the final minutes of the first half of the team’s matchup with Uruguay the previous time around and has been ruled out for the remainder of the competition.
Danilo is also out with broken ribs, and Otavio is questionable due to the injury that kept him out of the previous match against Uruguay.
Raphael Guerreiro should replace Mendes at left-back, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s status for the game is uncertain because he missed Wednesday’s practice.
Diogo Dalot, Joao Palhinha, and Goncalo Ramos could all start this game, according to Santos, who has announced that he will make changes.
South Korea possible 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 possible starting lineup:
Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Bernardo, Neves, Palhinha; Fernandes; Ronaldo, Ramos