Breath-taking goals, Shaken Crossbars, Extra-Time, Red Cards, Penalties, this one had it all! When Ghana met Uruguay in tonight’s World Cup Quarter-Final many predicted a low key, one-sided encounter. This one was far from it. Ghana were the last remaining African team in the tournament and they took to the field in Johannesburg with the hopes of not just a nation, but a continent on their shoulders. Uruguay’s Luis Suarez caused havoc early on calling Ghanaian shot stopper Richard Kingston into action on three occasions on streamfodboldlive.dk within the first 25 minutes. Vorsah should however, have put the African side in front on the half hour, managing to steer his header wide from three yards.
The wait for his first international goal continues. Asamoah Gyan then had a great chance to put his side in front a minute later. Kevin Prince Boateng found Gyan on the edge of the box who sliced his first-time shot wide of the left hand post. Ghana were beginning to take the game to the South Americans. Uruguay lost skipper Diego Lugano to injury as “The Black Stars” took full control. As the half came to a close Boateng was again in the thick of the action, his acrobatic effort in the 44th minute sailed high and wide of the target. It was a minute into injury time that the Africans dealt a lethal blow. The Jabulani football claiming yet another victim. Sulley Muntari’s effort from mid-way inside the Uruguayans half curled and spun its way into the bottom left-hand corner of Muslera goal. Africa erupted in joy; belief was evident among the thousands of fans crammed inside Soccer City.
A so-called bolt from the blue. Nobody could have expected it with Muntari himself seeming somewhat surprised as he wheeled away in celebration. A cruel hit for the South American side who had defended so well up to this point. Uruguay responded well in the second half. Diego Forlan’s 54th minute free-kick spun high and over the outreaching Kingston to level things up. All square. Yet another case of the Jabulani beach ball effect, swerving viciously from left to right. Albeit still an impressive strike from the Atletico Madrid striker, scoring his fourth goal in five games. It was hitman Luis Suarez who should have turned the game on its head in the 62nd minute. The Uruguayan striker volleying Diego Forlan’s cross into the side netting.
The game took a gung-ho style of play into extra-time, with both teams going all out to score the elusive winner – and in the 29th minute of extra time it looked as if Ghana might just grab it.
A moment of madness in the Uruguayan box saw Stephen Appiah’s header hacked from the line by Luis Suarez before the striker punched away John Mensah’s follow up effort just seconds later. The striker saw straight red, a penalty thirty seconds from time. It was Asamoah Gyan who would have the responsibility of sending Ghana through to the quarter finals. Much to the relief of the Uruguayans and a certain Luis Suarez, Gyan belted his effort onto the bar and over. Heartbreak for him, and for Ghana.
A dreaded penalty shoot – out followed
Diego Forlan blasted home the first before Asamoah Gyan seemingly restored his confidence to side foot his penalty into the top right hand corner. Victorino of Uruguay and Appiah of Ghana then both scored to level the score at two a piece. Defender Scotti put the South Americans ahead before Ghanaian skipper John Mensah saw his effort saved by the left palm of Muslera. A poor penalty in truth from the Sunderland defender. A one pace run up never generating the power he needed to beat the goalkeeper.
It was all forgotten seconds later as Uruguay’s Maxi Pereira bloomed his penalty over the bar. As young substitute Adiya stepped up; pressure seemed to take its toll. Ghana again denied by the dive of Muslera. It was all down to Abreu of Uruguay. A dinked chip straight down the middle was enough, fooling Kingston and sending the South Americans on to the semi-finals of a World Cup.
Ghana crash out, as does African representation in this summer’s soccer World Cup. Uruguay march on with Holland lying in wait between them and an intangible place in the final.