Uruguay beats Ghana in grudge rematch but is eliminated from World Cup after South Korea shocks Portugal


Uruguay gave Ghana an unwelcome dose of déjà vu on Friday, winning 2-0 and knocking the Black Stars out of the World Cup 12 years after their epic quarter-final match in South Africa.

In scenes reminiscent of this all-time great World Cup clash, Andre Ayew followed in Isamoah Gyan’s footsteps and missed a penalty that would have given Ghana a 1-0 lead.

Jorgen de Arasqueta’s two first-half goals secured the win for Uruguay, but it was not enough to secure a place in the round of 16, as South Korea’s 2–1 win over Portugal helped them to gave

Ghana never recovered from that missed penalty and quick-fire De Arasqueta brace, as Uruguay saw out the second half in relative comfort. News of South Korea’s winner entered the stadium five minutes before the end of the match, forcing Uruguay to attack again.

However, success never came and Uruguay crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 2002.

It will come as little consolation to Ghana that Luis Suarez, the villain of the 2010 clash, was in tears at full-time as Uruguay’s players kept their spirits up by besieging and manhandling officials as they left the pitch. were lost

Luis Suárez reacts to the news of South Korea's winner.

Uruguay were aggrieved that referee Daniel Seibert did not award a penalty for Daniel Amartey’s tackle on Edinson Cavani in the second half, but VAR showed the defender had got a foot on the ball in what was a brilliant final Dutch tackle. was

Make no mistake, this fixture was one of the most grudge matches of the Qatar World Cup.

Many Ghanaians are still reeling from the heartbreak of that night in Johannesburg, which saw Suarez handily deny Ghana the winning goal and then celebrate after Asamoah Gyan missed a penalty. celebrated

Ghana lost in a penalty shootout and Suarez’s role as Uruguay’s savior that night made it. Persona non grata In Ghana, he even earned the nickname ‘El Diablo’ or ‘The Devil’.

It was clear early on that there was no love lost between these teams and there was drama inside the opening 20 minutes at the Al-Janoob Stadium, with Seibert awarding Ghana a penalty when Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet was fouled. dropped Muhammad Quddus.

It’s hard to imagine the pressure Ayew must be feeling at this moment, 12 years after compatriot and former team-mate Guian missed that crucial penalty, and it certainly seems to be the case. A lot of weight is on his shoulders.

Ayew’s penalty was weak and low, making it one of the easiest saves Rochester would make in his career.

The miss gave Uruguay a noticeable lift. La Celeste Has started playing his best football of the tournament so far. Passes were accurate and crisp and the movement quickened, with Ghana struggling to get a grip on the game.

Georgian de Arrascaeta celebrates after scoring the opening goal.

The increasingly inevitable breakthrough came just five minutes after Ayew missed a penalty, as D’Arrasqueta nodded the ball over the line after Suarez’s effort was partially saved by Lawrence Etzigi.

Then, seemingly in the blink of an eye, it was 2-0 and Ghana’s World Cup hopes were once again ending against Uruguay.

Suarez was again the provider, playing a pass into the path of D’Arrasqueta and the Flamengo midfielder hit a superb volley that squeezed under Etizighi and into the back of the net.

The Uruguayan fans had been clamoring for head coach Diego Alonso to include D’Arrasqueta in the starting line-up for this match, and he certainly repaid the confidence shown in him for this big game.

As it stood, Uruguay was – somehow – advancing to the knockout stage.

It was a first half that had everything – no shortage of drama, tension and nerves – and more than lived up to the pre-match hype.

Ghana needed an all-time best second-half performance to turn the game around and banish the demons of 2010, but based on their first-half performance, that didn’t look likely.

The Black Stars at least started the second half with more energy, as Usman Bukhari crossed the goal inside the opening 60 seconds.

Luis Suarez made himself a villain for his role in their epic clash at the 2010 World Cup in Ghana.

Head coach Otto Addo made the surprise decision to substitute brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew at half-time, which may have crippled his team’s attack. Given what was at stake in the second half, it was a timid display from the Black Stars as the team rarely troubled Rochette in the Uruguayan goal.

A long-range strike from Kadus that forced Rochet into a great save was all Ghana could muster when Addo’s side curled in a whistle from Qatar.

News of Hwang Hee-chan’s 91st-minute winner against Portugal began to filter into the stadium around the 85-minute mark, causing Suarez to tear up and pull his shirt over his head on the bench.

It ended the match brilliantly as both teams were desperately looking for a goal that would see them through to the round of 16.

Despite a flurry of flurries, neither team made a significant breakthrough with Etzizi making two brilliant saves to deny Uruguay a place in the knockout rounds.


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