4 things we learnt from Ghana's chaotic victory over South Korea
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Ghana picked up their first victory of the Qatar World Cup as they pipped South Korea to the post with a 3-2 win in Group H.

Mohammed Salisu atoned for his error in the opening game against Portugal by grabbing the first goal in the clash.

Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus scored his first of the game just four minutes later as he headed in from close range.

Just after half-time Gue-Sung Cho bagged a headed double as Korea came back to equalise.

But that man Kudus stroked the ball home 22 minutes from time to win the contest for the Black Stars and give them their initial points of the tournament.

  • Ghana chances pay dividends

In an entertaining day at the World Cup with Serbia and Cameroon having played out an intriguing draw earlier on Monday, Ghana and South Korea provided thrills of their own.

The Black Stars only had three shots on target, yet scored from each of them.

They found themselves pinned back for large parts of the first half, as the Koreans looked to dominate possession and draw their opposition out.

But the perfectly chaotic goalmouth scramble that led to their opener was exactly what Otto Addo would have wanted from his side.

The two quickfire goals came against the run of play, but that did not bother the Ghanaians who came to disrupt the rhythm of the plucky South Korean outfit.

Although their four other shots on goal were completely wild, Ghana's three on target were lethal and gave them the leg up towards a chaotic victory in Qatar.

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  • Kudus shines again

Ghana's brightest prospect shone once again, this time grabbing the goal contributions to boot.

His performance in their opening game defeat was exciting as he completed the most dribbles in the match (4) which included a talented Portuguese attack.

Kudus' showing against the Taegeuk Warriors was nothing short of excellent but not just for his goals.

Starting on the right flank, he again completed the most dribbles in the match (3) as left-back Jin-Su Kim struggled to deal with his tendency to cut inside and pick up pockets of space.

But alongside his creative intelligence, his brace will undoubtedly be the reason he received the Player of the Match award.

The first was a deft headed touch to turn Jordan Ayew's cross past the goalkeeper.

His second and the eventual match winner, a low curled shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.

Ajax's Kudus has been on the radar of other European giants before and after two encouraging showings on the biggest stage.

It is inevitable that he will now attract interest once again.

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  • Cho springs mid-game scare

You would be forgiven if you thought that a young Gabriel Batistuta had pulled on a South Korean shirt as Cho scored twice to power his nation onto level terms.

His brace came as he lept higher than the Ghanaian defence on two occasions to equalise.

And the Jeonbuk FC man was a threat in the air throughout the game as he tested Ghana's centre-back pairing of Salisu and Daniel Amartey all afternoon.

The sheer quantity of aerial duels entered was remarkable with match-high aerial contests won (9) and lost (16).

He sprung into action through a near post header as he darted into the path of Kang-In Lee's perfectly executed cross.

His second, a mark of sheer willpower as he hauled himself upwards to outjump Gideon Mensah and cannoned the ball into the net - an effort too powerful for goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi to keep out.

Although South Korea are staring down the barrel of their third consecutive group stage exit, Cho will provide a stern test for the Portugal defence in their final group game.

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  • Paulo Bento sees red

Booked in the first game for complaining about a decision, the South Korea boss was sent off after the full-time whistle of this one.

Seemingly incensed that his side were not able to take their final corner of the match, he marched onto the pitch to confront English referee Anthony Taylor - resulting in his sending-off.

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Hailing from Portugal and having managed them at the 2012 European Championships and 2014 World Cup, Bento made a remark about not wanting to play his native country after the draw was made.

But he won't have the chance to take to the touchline against them, instead he will watch from the stands.

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