Uruguay v Ghana, 02 July 2010

Score1-1 :: penalties 4-2 to Uruguay
RefereeOlegario Benquerenca
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Quarter-final
VenueSoccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance84,017
Kick-Off: 20:30 Local (19:30 BST) Man of the Match: Diego Forlán (Uruguay) Assistant referees: José Manuel Silva Cardinal (Portugal) Bertino Miranda (Portugal) Fourth official: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain) Fifth official: Fermín Martínez Ibáñez (Spain) Uruguay won 4-2 on penalties. After Extra Time (1-1 at 90 minutes) Uruguay dominated the early periods of the match, but suffered an injury to captain Diego Lugano in the first half. Just before half-time, Ghana took the lead when Sulley Muntari was allowed time on the ball by Uruguay, and took advantage by scoring with a shot from 40 yards. After half-time, Diego Forlán pulled Uruguay level with a free kick from the left side of the field that went over the head of Ghana's goalkeeper Richard Kingson. While both teams had chances to win, the match proceeded to extra time as the scores remained level. Late in extra time, Ghana sent a free kick into the penalty area; Luis Suárez blocked Stephen Appiah's shot on the goal line. On the rebound, Dominic Adiyiah's header was heading into the goal, but Suárez blatantly blocked the shot with his hands to save what would have been the extra-time winner and he was red carded. Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty kick off the crossbar and Suárez celebrated the miss. In the shootout, Gyan converted his penalty, as did everybody else until Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera saved captain John Mensah's penalty (Ghana's third). Uruguay's Maxi Pereira then hit his penalty over the bar, but then Adiyiah's penalty was saved by Muslera. Sebastián Abreu converted Uruguay's fifth spot kick by lightly chipping it Panenka-style to win the match. After the game, Suárez said, "I made the save of the tournament," and, referring to the infamous handball goal scored by Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup, claimed that "The 'Hand of God' now belongs to me". Suárez claimed he had no alternative and was acting out of instinct. Forlán agreed that Suárez saved the game, "Suárez this time, instead of scoring goals, he saved one, I think he saved the game. Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac said the play was an "injustice" and Suárez was labeled a "villain" and a "cheat". But Uruguay coach, Óscar Tabárez, said these labels were too harsh: "Well, there was a handball in the penalty area, there was a red card and Suárez was thrown out. Saying that Ghana were cheated out of the game is too harsh. We have to go by the rules. It might have been a mistake by my player but I do not like that word 'cheating'." Ghana was the last African team left in the tournament and if they had won, they would have been the first team from Africa to ever qualify for the semi-finals. Thus, Suárez was said to have "enraged an entire continent [Africa]." But others viewed him as a hero who sacrificed himself in the semi-final for the unlikely chance that his team could win. A distraught Gyan conceded, "I would say Suárez is a hero now in his own country, because the ball was going in and he held it with his hand. He is a hero now."

1 (4)  Uruguay

Manager: Oscar Tabarez

1 (2)  Ghana

Manager: Milovan Rajevac

Goals:

Diego Forlan 55 G

Goals:

Sulley Muntari 45 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera
Defender Jorge Fucile
Defender Diego Lugano (captain)
Defender Maxi Pereira
Midfielder Egidio Arévalo
Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez
Midfielder Diego Perez
Forward Edinson Cavani
Forward Diego Forlan
Forward Luis Suárez

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Richard Kingson
Defender Samuel Inkoom
Defender John Mensah (captain)
Defender/Midfielder John Pantsil
Midfielder Anthony Annan
Midfielder Sulley Muntari
Midfielder Hans Sarpei
Midfielder Isaac Vorsah
Forward Kwadwo Asamoah
Forward Asamoah Gyan

Substitutions:

Andres Scotti for Diego Lugano 38
Nicolás Lodeiro for Alvaro Fernandez 46
Sebastian Abreu for Edinson Cavani 76

Substitutions:

Stephan Appiah for Samuel Inkoom 74
Dominic Adiyiah for Sulley Muntari 88

Cards:

Jorge Fucile 20 Y
Egidio Arévalo 48 Y
Diego Perez 59 Y
Luis Suárez 120 R

Cards:

John Pantsil 54 Y
Hans Sarpei 77 Y
John Mensah 93 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Juan Castillo
Goalkeeper Martín Silva
Defender Martín Cáceres
Defender Diego Godín
Midfielder Sebastian Eguren
Midfielder Walter Gargano
Midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez
Midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro
Midfielder Alvaro Pereira
Midfielder Andres Scotti
Forward Sebastian Abreu

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Daniel Agyei
Goalkeeper Stephen Ahorlu
Defender Lee Addy
Defender Jonathan Mensah
Midfielder Stephan Appiah
Midfielder Rahim Ayew
Midfielder/Forward André Ayew
Midfielder/Forward Derek Boateng
Midfielder/Forward Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
Forward Dominic Adiyiah
Forward Matthew Amoah
Forward Prince Tagoe

Comments:

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT DETAILS (Uruguay went first) 1 - Diego Forlan [scored] 2 - Mauricio Victorino [scored] 3 - Andres Scotti [scored] 4 - Maxi Perreira [missed] 5 - Sebastian Abreu [scored]

Comments:

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT DETAILS (Ghana went second) 1 - Asamoah Gyan [scored] 2 - Stephan Appiah [scored] 3 - John Mensah [missed] 4 - Dominic Adiya [missed]