Ghana and Uruguay meet on the World Cup on Friday in a repeat of one of many match’s most contentious video games.
“It was a very, actually very long time in the past,” Ghana coach Otto Addo stated.
Possibly so, however for to many Ghanaians the quarterfinal defeat to Uruguay within the 2010 World Cup continues to be a uncooked and painful reminiscence. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s deliberate handball on the goal-line on the finish of additional time denied Ghana a sure aim and a spot in historical past as the primary African crew to achieve the semis.
Suarez was despatched off for the handball however celebrated wildly on the sidelines when Asamoah Gyan hit the ensuing penalty off the crossbar. Uruguay received the following penalty shootout. To make it worse, Suarez boasted after the 2010 sport: “Reality is, it was value it.” Twelve years later, Ghana now has an opportunity to settle the rating.
By beating Uruguay of their ultimate Group H match, Ghana would advance to the spherical of 16, whereas knocking Uruguay out of the match. Although the match in Al Wakrah has been circled as one to observe ever for the reason that World Cup draw was made in April, Addo tried his finest to forged it as a “regular sport.” “I’m probably not fascinated by revenge,” he stated, including he remembered watching Ghana’s agonizing loss on TV in 2010.
“But it surely’s 12 years in the past and now it’s a unique match with a unique method. So I don’t see it as a revenge.”
Ghana, which squeezed out an exhilarating 3-2 win over South Korea in its final sport, should win once more in Al Wakrah to make certain of going previous the group stage for the primary time since 2010. A draw may be sufficient relying on the results of South Korea vs Portugal.
Captain Andre Ayew is the one Ghana participant in Qatar who was on the 2010 squad. Uruguay has a handful, together with the 35-year-old Suarez, who’s taking part in what’s possible his farewell World Cup earlier than winding down a profession that noticed him celebrated as among the best forwards on this planet at one level. He received the Copa America with Uruguay and Spanish league titles and a Champions League trophy with Barcelona.
Suarez additionally carved out a status as one of many sport’s most controversial characters and has additionally been punished 3 times for biting opponents, together with a four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Suarez began Uruguay’s 0-0 draw with South Korea in Qatar however was left on the bench for the 2-0 loss to Portugal, which left Uruguay backside of the group. Uruguay should now beat Ghana and hope South Korea doesn’t beat Portugal to increase its keep on the World Cup and Suarez’s worldwide profession for no less than another sport. Objective distinction will resolve it if Uruguay and South Korea each win.
Stoking it up just a bit, Suarez stated the 2010 sport in opposition to Ghana does nonetheless imply one thing.
“We’re going to put our lives and soul into this match,” Suarez stated. “Ghana is an efficient crew however we all know them, we’ve got crushed them earlier than and we all know beat them once more.”