Portugal take on South Korea in their final game in Group H. They top the group on six points, ahead of Ghana on three with South Korea in third on one point, ahead of Uruguay on goal difference. All four teams still have a chance of qualifying but Portugal are already in the last 16. They have not won the group though and a draw will ensure that happens as would Ghana failing to beat Uruguay. This game is being played after the conclusion of Group G. That's expected to be won by Brazil so Portugal won't want to finish second in this group and face them in the last 16. South Korea know they have to win this game to have any chance of progressing into the knockout stages. If they do win, it's likely to go down to goal difference to determine who comes second in the group.
Portugal have been impressive in their two wins over Ghana and Uruguay. They have Fernandes and Ronaldo in top form and were better defensively against Uruguay after conceding twice against Ghana, They have won six of their last eight internationals and scored at least three times in four of those matches. One of the losses was to Switzerland in the Nations League and th two countries could meet in the last 16. South Korea have been disappointing in this group. A draw with Uruguay wasn't a bad result but losing 3-2 to Ghana was. It was even more disappointing after coming from 2-0 down to level the scores. Only one game in nine had been lost before this tournament began. That defeat was a 3-0 loss to Japan so that gave a hint of how they might get on in Qatar. Back Portugal to win this match.
The dream scenario for Portugal is to get in the position where they win this group. The earlier they can do that then the chance comes to take key players off and save them for the last 16. They have had two good wins and were much better in their second fixture. Anything but a win means South Korea will be eliminated. They will have to take chances and that may play into the hands of Portugal. Back the Portuguese side to win this match.
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