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World Cup: South Korea topples Portugal to reach round of 16

Late goal sends Asian side through at Uruguay's expense

South Korea's Hwang Hee-chan celebrates with teammates after scoring the team's second goal against Portugal in their match on Dec. 2 in Qatar.   © Reuters

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (Reuters) -- South Korea scored an added-time goal to beat already-qualified Portugal 2-1 at the World Cup in a comeback win that sent the Asian side into the last 16 ahead of Uruguay on the number of goals scored.

With the clock ticking down on South Korea's time in the tournament, striker Son Heung-min ran free after a Portugal corner in added time and slipped a pass to Hwang Hee-chan, who fired past Diogo Costa to spark wild celebrations.

After an early opener by Ricardo Horta for Portugal, Kim Young-gwon gave the South Koreans hope in the 27th minute when a corner struck Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo on the back and fell kindly for the defender to sweep the ball home.

The last-gasp victory for South Korea catapulted them from fourth to second place in Group H ahead of Uruguay, who beat Ghana 2-0 in the group's other game but failed to score enough goals to finish above the Asians. Portugal topped the group.

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