11/28/2022
2022 FIFA WORLD CUP PREVIEW: SOUTH KOREA VS GHANA
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• The 2002 Fourth place, South Korea will lock horns with the 2010 Quarter-finals, Ghana in Group H Round 2 fixture in the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan on Monday, 28th November, 2022 evening in Qatar.



Predictions: Away win/draw

• The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the 22nd edition since the competition started in 1930 is the 11th appearance for South Korea while it is the 4th appearance for Ghana.

• HEAD-TO-HEAD

 • The Group H showdown on Monday, 28th November, 2022 will be South Korea and Ghana will be their first ever meeting between the two sides at the FIFA World Cup competition.

• All their previous six (6) meetings happened at International Friendly, which both Nation have won 3 each.
Total matches played       - 6
South Korea wins              - 3
Goals scored                      - 8
Ghana wins                         - 3
Goals scored                      - 11
Drawn games                     - 0

• THEIR LAST FOUR (4) MEETINGS (FRIENDLY INTERNATIONAL).

• 4th June, 2006 (International Friendly)
Ghana                              3-1 South Korea

• 8th October, 2006 (International Friendly)
South Korea                   1-3 Ghana

• Tuesday, 7th June, 2011 (International Friendly)
South Korea                   2-1 Ghana

• Monday, 9th June, 2014 (International Friendly)
Ghana                              4-0 South Korea
Jordan Ayew (hattrick) 11', 53' & 89' Asamoah Gyan 44'           

• MATCH FACTS:

• The Tigers of Asia, South Korea are currently ranked 28th in the World by FIFA latest rankings on 6th October, 2022, their first International game was 2nd August, 1948 (South Korea 5-3 Mexico [London, England]. 

• The Black Stars of Ghana are ranked 61st in the FIFA latest World rankings.Ghana head to Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup as the lowest-ranked side at the tournament. The Black Stars had their first International game on 28th May, 1950 (Gold Coast and British Togoland 1-0 Nigeria).

• South Korea most caps player is Cha Bum-Kun Hong Myung-bo in 136 games with 58 goals in the National team jersey.

• Ghana most caps player is Andre Ayew with 111 games with 24 goals for the National team.

• The Tigers of Asia, South Korea top scorer for the National team is Cha Bum-Kun with 58 goals in 136 caps.

• Ghana all-time top scorer for the National team is Asamoah Gyan with 51 goals in 109 games. Asamoah Gyan holds the record for most goals, six (6) scored by an African in the FIFA World Cup. Asamoah Gyan scored his Country's first goal at the FIFA World Cup in the 2006 edition. Andre Ayew is the top scorer among active players of Ghana with 24 goals in 111 caps.

• SOUTH KOREA MD2 GAMES AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP SINCE 1954 EDITION.

• 1954 FIFA World Cup (Group 2) [MD2]
20th June, 1954
Turkey                              7-0 South Korea

• 1986 FIFA World Cup (Group A) [MD2]
5th June, 1986
South Korea                   1-1 Bulgaria

• 1990 FIFA World Cup (Group E) [MD2]
17th June, 1990
South Korea                   1-3 Spain

• 1994 FIFA World Cup (Group C) [MD2]
23rd June, 1994
South Korea                   0-0 Bolivia

• 1998 FIFA World Cup (Group E) [MD2]
20th June, 1998
Netherlands                   5-0 South Korea

• 2002 FIFA World Cup (Group D) [MD2]
10th June, 2002
South Korea                   1-1 United States

• 2006 FIFA World Cup (Group G) [MD2]
18th June, 2006
France                             1-1 South Korea

• 2010 FIFA World Cup (Group B) [MD2]
17th June, 2010 
Argentina                        4-1 South Korea

• 2014 FIFA World Cup (Group H) [MD2]
22nd June, 2014 
South Korea                   2-4 Algeria

• 2018 FIFA World Cup (Group F) [MD2]
23rd June, 2018
South Korea                   1-2 Mexico

Total matches played       - 10
South Korea wins              - 0
Goals scored                      - 8
Games lost                          - 6
Goals conceded                 - 28
Drawn games                     - 4

• Korea Republic have never won their SECOND GROUP STAGE match in any of their ten (10) previous appearances at the FIFA World Cup (D4 L6). 

• GHANA MD2 GAMES AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP SINCE 2006 EDITION.

• 2006 edition (Group E) [Round 2]
17th June, 2006
Czech Republic              0-2 Ghana
Asamoah Gyan 2' & Sulley Muntari 82'

• 2010 edition (Group D) [Round 2]
19th June, 2010
Ghana                              1-1 Australia
Asamoah Gyan 25'(pen)//Brett Holman 10'

• 2014 edition (Group G) [Round 2]
21st June, 2014 
Germany                         2-2 Ghana 
Mario Goetze 50' & Miroslav Klose 70'//Andre Ayew 53' & Asamoah Gyan 62'

Ghana Black Stars have not LOST ROUND 2 fixture at the FIFA World Cup since 2006 edition when they made they debut in the competition.

Total matches played       - 3
Ghana wins                         - 1
Goals scored                      - 5
Games lost                          - 0
Goals conceded                 - 3
Drawn games                     - 2 

• SOUTH KOREA GAMES ON MONDAY AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP SINCE 1954 EDITION.

• Monday, 2nd June, 1986 (MD1) [1986 FIFA World Cup]
Argentina                        3-1 South Korea

• Monday, 21st June, 1990 (MD3) [1990 FIFA World Cup]
South Korea                   0-1 Uruguay

• Monday, 27th June, 1994 (MD3) [1994 FIFA World Cup]
Germany                         3-2 South Korea

• Monday, 10th June, 2002 (MD2) [2002 FIFA World Cup]
South Korea                   1-1 United States

• Monday, 18th June, 2018 (MD1) [2018 FIFA World Cup]
Sweden                           1-0 South Korea

Total matches played       - 5
South Korea wins              - 0
Goals scored                      - 4
Games lost                          - 4
Goals conceded                 - 9
Drawn games                     - 1

• NB: Korea Republic have failed to win a game on MONDAY at the FIFA World Cup since 1954 edition.

• GHANA GAMES ON MONDAY AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP SINCE 2006 EDITION.

• Monday, 12th June, 2006 (MD1) [2006 FIFA World Cup]
Italy                                  2-0 Ghana

• Monday, 16th June, 2014 (MD1) [2014 FIFA World Cup]
Ghana                              1-2 United States

Total matches played       - 2
Ghana wins                         - 0
Goals scored                      - 1
Games lost                          - 1
Goals conceded                 - 4
Drawn games                     - 0

• NB: Black Stars of Ghana have never won a match on MONDAY at the FIFA World Cup since 2006 edition.

• Korea Republic have scored exactly TWICE in each of their three (3) FIFA World Cup meetings with AFRICAN NATIONS, beating Togo 2-1 in 2006, drawing 2-2 with Nigeria in 2010, and losing 4-2 to Algeria in 2014.

• Korea Republic have played and won two (2) matches against African Nations in 2022. 4-1 vs Egypt in June and 1-0 vs Cameroon in September.

• Following their 2-0 win against Germany in 2018, and their 0-0 draw with Uruguay on MD1 this year, Korea Republic have kept a CLEAN SHEET in consecutive FIFA World Cup matches for the first time.

• South Korea previous two (2) shutouts in the competition came over a period of sixteen (16) matches between 2002 and 218 editions.

• Korea Republic have failed to SCORE in three (3) of their last five (5) FIFA World Cup matches. On top of this, they've failed to register a shot on target in two of their last four (4) [including in their 0-0 draw with Uruguay], having had at least one attempt on target in each of their last twenty-nine (29) games in the competition.

• South Korea are in nine (9) of their last ten (10) matches in all competitions.

• Son Heung-min, Korea Republic's joint-top FIFA World Cup goalscorer of all time (3 goals), scored twice (2) at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and once in the 2014 edition, he could become only the second player to score in three (3) separate editions of the tournament for the Nation, after Park Ji-Sung, who netted once in each of 2002, 2006 and 2010 editions.

• South Korea made their first appearance in the FIFA World Cup in the 1954 edition. And since their second participation in the 1986 edition of the competition, the Tigers of Asia have participated in each of the editions up till date.

• Ghana are making their fourth appearance at the FIFA World Cup, each of these coming in the 21st century, since making their final tournament debut in the 2006 edition.

• The Black Stars of Ghana have reached the knock-out rounds in both of their first two (2) in the 2006 and in the 2010 editions of the FIFA World Cups.

• The Black Stars of Ghana failed to progress past the Group stage only once before, although this was in their last participation in the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup.

• Ghana reached the Quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the 2010 edition, which is the joint best finish for an African side in the competition, alongside Cameroon in the 1990 edition and Senegal in the 2002 edition.

• Ghana Black Stars have won only one (1) of their last eight (8) FIFA World Cup matches (D3 L4).

• The Black Stars of Ghana were the only AFRICAN SIDE to score on MD1 in Qatar 2022 in 3-2 lost againt Portugal.

• Ghana Black Stars have found the net in each of their last six (6) FIFA World Cup games and became the third African side to score in six (6) succession in the competition, after South Africa [six between 1994 & 1998] and Nigeria [eight between 1994 and 1998]. Nigeria have scored in more consecutive matches among African Nations in the competition.

• Ghana have an average most shots-per-game in the FIFA World Cup among all teams competing in the 2022 edition (19).

• Ghana Black Stars have only failed to score in two (2) of their last twelve (12) FIFA World Cup matches.

• Black Stars of Ghana have kept only two (2) clean sheets in their previous thirteen (13) FIFA World Cup matches since 2006 edition.

• Black Stars of Ghana have not kept a CLEAN SHEET in their last eight (8) FIFA World Cup matches.

• Ghana are without a WIN in their last five (5) FIFA World Cup matches (D2  L3). Defeat against South Korea would see them exit in the Group stage in consecutive appearances at the tournament (also 2014).

• Ghana have drawn four (4) of their last eight (8) matches at the FIFA World Cup.

• Black Stars of Ghana are undefeated in seven (7) of their last nine (9) matches in all competitions.

• No Ghana player created more chances two (2), made more successful passes (47), made more tackles (4) or had more touches (68) than Thomas Partey in their defeat against Portugal on MD1.

• Andre Ayew has SCORED three (3) goals in his last four (4) FIFA World Cup matches, and is now Ghana's outright second highest goalscorer in the competition (3 goals) after Asamoah Gyan (6 goals).

• Against Portugal, Andre Ayew became the oldest goalscorer for Ghana in FIFA World Cup history at the age of 32 years and 342 days.

• Black Stars of Ghana captain, Andre Ayew have appeared in more matches in the FIFA World Cup competition than any current player for African nations (8).

• Andre Ayew (2010 and 2014) and Jordan Ayew (2014) are the only players in the Ghana Black Stars squad with previous FIFA World Cup experience.

• Ghana coach, Otto Addo played (as player) and won two (2) games in the FIFA World Cup in the 2006, appearing against USA (2-1) and Czech Republic (2-0) and lost 3-2 to Portugal in the 2022 edition.

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