South Korea lost to Ghana in the group-stage match. Cho Gue-sung scored two goals in his first World Cup.
South Korea was down 2-0 going into the second half. Cho scored 58 minutes into the second half with a header of a cross from Lee Kang-in for his team’s first point. Three minutes later, he leaped over the defenders for his second goal.
It is the first time a Korean has scored multiple goals in a World Cup tournament.
Cho Gue-sung Scored Two Goals
According to fans who bet on soccer, only three Koreans have scored more World Cup goals than Cho. They are Ahn Jung-hwan, Park Ji-sung, and Son Heung-min. Also, they have three goals each.
Cho joined Paulo Bento’s group very recently, appearing in a World Cup qualifier against Lebanon last September 2021. However, while he has always been a dependable part of the national team, he has sometimes been overshadowed by world-class colleagues such as Kim Min-jae and Captain Son.
However, the youthful striker’s popularity had skyrocketed since his World Cup debut last Thursday against Uruguay, when he came off the bench. According to Korean sports betting sources, his Instagram followers rose from approximately 20,000 to over 750,000. Also, the figure has increased to almost 1.3 million as of Tuesday following the Ghana encounter.
Future of Korean Football
On the other hand, Cho has often demonstrated his presence on the field. According to soccer betting reports, he was instrumental in Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors winning the K League and the Korean FA Cup in 2020. In addition, he was nominated to the K-League Best XI in 2022 and was the league’s leading scorer.
Despite not playing in a high-profile European league, he has established himself as one of the most prominent young players in South Korea following his exploits on Monday.