Uruguay Ends Ghana's World Cup Dream

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at 10:43 PM, 2 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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This is the match report from BBC, its an unfortunate incident, but was a great game overall

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Uruguay reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1970, but ended the hopes of Africa after winning a truly extraordinary match at Soccer City on a penalty shoot-out.

Ghana seemed certain to become the first African side to reach the last four of the competition when Luis Suarez saw red after handling on the line in the dying seconds of extra-time.

However, striker Asamoah Gyan, who had already converted two penalties in South Africa, skimmed the crossbar with the last kick of the game.

Gyan showed incredible guts to take the first spot-kick of the shoot-out but John Mensah and Dominic Adiyiah both had their low strikes saved by Fernando Muslera.

And Sebsatian Abreu then showed iced-cold composure to dink the decisive penalty beyond Richard Kingson as Uruguay sealed a semi-final tie against the Netherlands.

Suarez's deliberate handball, which came seconds after he had legitimately blocked one goal-bound effort with his knee, was a gamble that paid handsome dividends.

It was a truly remarkable few minutes, surely some of the most dramatic in World Cup history, and came at the end of an engrossing and occasionally bad-tempered contest.

Both teams enjoyed periods in the ascendancy - and both were guilty of wasting numerous opportunities.

Sulley Muntari, almost kicked out of the squad after criticising coach Milovan Rajevac earlier in the competition, struck a long-range opener on the stroke of half-time, while the impressive Diego Forlan equalised with a free-kick 10 minutes after the restart.

And Uruguay's eventual shoot-out victory, the second of the competition after Paraguay defeated Japan, ended Africa's participation at this tournament, much to the huge disappointment of the vast majority of the Johannesburg crowd.

La Celeste controlled the early part of the contest and their early endeavours twice brought them close to scoring but each time they were denied by Kingson.

The first came was a reaction save after John Mensah inadvertently deflected a corner towards his own goal and the second an athletic finger-tip effort to deny Suarez, who will be suspended for the semi-final, after the striker capitalised on a slip by Isaac Vorsah.

But the South American side, already without injured defender Diego Godin, lost skipper Diego Lugano to injury towards the end of the first half, his withdrawal coming at a time when the Black Stars had started to find a foothold in the match.

Rajevac's side had offered almost nothing in attack until Vorsah, recalled in defence in place of the suspended Jonathan Mensah, headed wide from a corner just before the half-hour mark.

Gyan then narrowly missed after the industrious Kevin-Prince Boateng picked him out in front of the deep-sitting Uruguay defence with a square ball, while Mutari headed wide after a raking pass picked him out

Even so, it looked as though the match would be goalless at the break until Muntari, gifted the time to assess his options, unleashed a vicious strike that caught Muslera off guard.

Uruguay brought on Nicolas Lodeiro at the break and the game quickly became stretched as Tabarez's team searched for an equaliser.

Edinson Cavani felt he should have been awarded a penalty after he went down under a challenge from Vorsah, but there was no doubt about Forlan's free-kick from a wide angle that drew his team level.

Ghana had repeated opportunities to strike on the counter, but they wasted a series of excellent positions with poor pass selection, while Gyan tangled repeatedly with several members of the Uruguay defence.

Uruguay created two good chances for Suarez but he could only guide a cross from Forlan into the side-netting at the far post and drilled a strike that Kingson palmed over.

Andres Scotti blocked a shot from Gyan in the first half of extra-time and, minutes before the shoot-out, almost kicked the ball into his own net as he tried to clear it away from the dangerous Ghana striker.

The Black Stars were dominant in the closing minutes of extra-time as their opponents visibly tired and, after Suarez twice denied Adiyiah, once illegally, the match took its dramatic final twist.

japhethjeff at 11:08 PM, 2 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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fist to comment
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adaogbo at 11:23 PM, 2 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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and what is ur comment?
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mathzno at 11:39 PM, 2 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Shocked Grin :'( Over confidence. Had that late penalty gone in the game would have ended. My hero of the game is the Red carded guy. What a golden red card to give your country,not that silly red card we got.
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saintlearnray at 11:48 PM, 2 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Its a pity.
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ndjoe at 12:22 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: mathzno on 11:39 PM,  2 Jul 10
Roll Eyes Shocked Grin :'( Over confidence. Had that late penalty gone in the game would have ended. My hero of the game is the Red carded guy. What a golden red card to give your country,not that silly red card we got.

you are very correct  in fact you are a fine boy Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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kobe1 at 12:24 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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enemies nigeria will never go forward fuk you people
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ed111 at 12:26 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Ghana was better for me! Smiley i love them...  Wink
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kenora at 12:53 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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it was a pity,i must say ghana tryed,as 4 m they we still be the best,i was so sad about the game but they tryed more then nigeria,if nigeria played like ghana i think africa would have win this worldcup,but they did not,only ghana show to the world that africans are still africans,i am pround of ghana,i no the next worldcup we stay in africa
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efeyoungmoney at 01:39 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: kobe1 on 12:24 AM,  3 Jul 10
enemies nigeria will never go forward fuk you people



Kolo don de wory uuuuu
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kkandie at 02:04 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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WE ARE PROUD OF GHANA, IF IT WASN'T FOR "THIEFING SUAREZ" THEY WOULD HAVE MADE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS.  DON'T BE SADDEN GUYS YOU DID YOUR BEST. DESPITE ASAMOAH GYAN MISSING THE PENALTY WE STILL LOVE YOU BABY.  YOU WILL BE A FORCE TO BE RECKON WITH IN THE NEXT WORLD UP, JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD HIGH BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST.....
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ndjoe at 02:09 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: efeyoungmoney on 01:39 AM,  3 Jul 10
Quote from: kobe1 on 12:24 AM,  3 Jul 10
enemies nigeria will never go forward fuk you people



Kolo don de wory uuuuu

no mind that zombi who be Ghana enemy for here this people self
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dumosky2010 at 02:28 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Man it's all good, they tried their best. manyways we gave them the biggest support but i don't know, shit happens sometimes. just have to wait for another four years to get the biggest excitement again. We should be strong for another tournament. and ain't Nobody is an enemy of nobody.
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dumosky2010 at 02:31 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: mathzno on 11:39 PM,  2 Jul 10
Roll Eyes Shocked Grin :'( Over confidence. Had that late penalty gone in the game would have ended. My hero of the game is the Red carded guy. What a golden red card to give your country,not that silly red card we got.
Man you are right, he paid the sacrifice, but i don't know how they r going to survive the Orange boys without their key striker. wish them luck.
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tolinti at 03:19 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Ghana must come surely
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jerryonye at 03:46 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Those Guys try make una leav ethem alone, at least they are better than our own Naija guys.

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oweah at 03:48 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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why we Africans never love each other? Why blame someone for our own mistakes, in life we have to overcome whatever come our way. We as Africans need to loved each other it dont matter who u r where u come from or what your nationality is we all have the same blood, which is red no one have black or blue blood. Why we Africans hate each other so much? You dont have to blame another country because yours is not doing good or blame someone for your own silly mistakes. We as Africans need to love each other no one is anyone enemy, we r just enemy of ourselves. No one is perfect we just need to be strong and be there for each other. Ghana did played a good game and i like them for that all i can say is that maybe it is not time for Africans to take the World cup home. Love U all and take care.  
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mathzno at 03:48 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: tolinti on 03:19 AM,  3 Jul 10
Ghana must come surely
Huh?  Roll Eyes Huh? Well FIFA need to sit down again and amend the rules in football. Such a goal bound ball should be judged a goal,since the keeper has been beaten and a player delibrately handle the ball as the lastman should be a goal. No need for the penalty because no player was fouled to warrant to be penalty.  
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oweah at 03:51 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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why we Africans never love each other? Why blame someone for our own mistakes, in life we have to overcome whatever come our way. We as Africans need to loved each other it dont matter who u r where u come from or what your nationality is we all have the same blood, which is red no one have black or blue blood. Why we Africans hate each other so much? You dont have to blame another country because yours is not doing good or blame someone for your own silly mistakes. We as Africans need to love each other no one is anyone enemy, we r just enemy of ourselves. No one is perfect we just need to be strong and be there for each other. Ghana did played a good game and i like them for that all i can say is that maybe it is not time for Africans to take the World cup home. Love U all and take care. 
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mathzno at 04:31 AM, 3 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Some of you guys think Africans are happy for missing that golden opportunity to end the game and lunch Africa into the book of records?? We keep asking FIFA for more slots in World Cup, by hosting right we got one to make it six and what happened???

At the end of first round matches, Africa played a total of 18 matches and won only 3, five teams fell behind,one went into second round and quater finals,was at the verge of entering semi-finals with less than 30 seconds and fell by the wayside then people should be happy for that??? Won 3 out of 18  drew 5 out of 18 and lost 10 out of 18. Total Points gotten 17 out of 54  on African soil.

When will the world cup comeback again to Africa??? we should all go back,think and profer solutions to this our quater finals stuff,if is a curse that could not be broken on our soil then when will Mother Africa remove that jinx from her children before the next world cup in Brazil???
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