FIFA World Cup 2022 : Portugal vs South Korea Match Preview and Lineups

Portugal vs South Korea
GAME Portugal vs South Korea
DATE 01/12/2022
TIME 08:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Education City Stadium
LEAGUE FIFA World Cup 2022
Portugal [2-1] South Korea

Match Preview of Portugal vs South Korea

Already-qualified Portugal will be bidding to secure top spot in Group H when they take on South Korea at the 2022 World Cup on Friday.

Fernando Santos's side only need a point to be certain of finishing at the top of the section, while South Korea need to overcome the European nation to stand any chance of progressing to the round of 16.

South Korea opened their Group H campaign with a goalless draw against Uruguay on November 24 before suffering a 3-2 loss to Ghana in their second match at the competition on Monday.

Paulo Bento's side managed to fight back from two goals behind to level the scores at 2-2 just past the hour at Education City Stadium, but Mohammed Kudus's second of the match in the 68th minute secured all three points for Ghana, putting them in pole position to join Portugal in the round of 16.

South Korea are third in the section on one point, but they can still qualify for the knockout round of the competition. Indeed, Bento's team will need to overcome Portugal to stand any chance of progressing; if they do beat Santos's side and Uruguay overcome Ghana, then goal difference would separate the two sides.

The Tigers of Asia last managed to reach the knockout round in 2010, with their last two World Cups ending in the group stage.

It was always going to be a tough ask for them to make it out of this section considering the strength of their opposition, but they are in the argument at this stage, and the fact that Portugal have already qualified could work in their favour on Friday.

Portugal, as mentioned, have already secured their spot in the knockout round of the competition, but they would guarantee first spot in the group with a win or a draw in this match.

Santos's side started their World Cup with a 3-2 victory over Ghana, and the match saw Cristiano Ronaldo become the first men's player to score in five World Cups.

Portugal were then 2-0 winners over Uruguay on Monday, with Bruno Fernandes scoring twice for the European nation to secure their spot in the last-16 stage of the tournament. 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 the second qualification position.

Our Predicted Lineups

Portugal 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

South Korea possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Bernardo, Neves, Palhinha; Fernandes; Ronaldo, Ramos

Who will win the match?

We say: South Korea 1-2 Portugal. This is likely to be a tough match for Portugal, as South Korea will need to go all out in search of the three points. There is no question that Bento's side are capable of securing a victory, but Portugal have the superior quality in their squad, and we are expecting the European nation to move onto nine points in the section.

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