Stunned Uruguay beat Ghana but exit World Cup on goals scored

Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored twice in six minutes to provide Uruguay a 2-0 win over Ghana on Friday but it surely was not sufficient to forestall them crashing out of the World Cup on objectives scored.

It was the primary time in 20 years that la Celeste have failed to achieve the knockout stage.

Unable to attain of their first two matches, Uruguay wanted a win to advance from Group H and for already-qualified Portugal to keep away from defeat by South Korea. However the Asian facet’s shock 2-1 win – the second purpose coming in stoppage time – ensured they went by by advantage of getting scored two extra objectives.

With South Korea tied with Portugal late of their match and Uruguay two objectives up, the South American facet had one foot within the final 16 earlier than the pendulum swung within the path of South Korea, who forward within the desk on objectives scored.

Uruguay battled desperately for the decisive objectives, with Ferderico Valverde going shut with a volley from outdoors the world and Maxi Gomex having his shot saved by keeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi two minutes from time.

Uruguay went on the assault proper from the beginning of the match and at last broke the impasse on 26 minutes when Darwin Nunez’s cross from the suitable was missed by two defenders and located Luis Suarez, whose low shot was spilled by the keeper for De Arrascaeta to go dwelling from shut vary.

Uruguay struck once more six minutes later, when Nunez flicked the ball on to Suarez, who knocked it on to De Arrascaeta to volley below the keeper.

The objectives got here simply minutes after Ghana had been awarded a penalty on of their first assault of the match, after a shot from Jordon Ayew was spilled by keeper Sergio Rochet, who pulled down by onrushing Mohammed Kudus.

Andre Ayew fired tamely at Rochet, giving Uruguay the impetus to double down on their assault.

Uruguay lacked the identical sort of punch after they returned from the interval, nonetheless, they usually did not additional break down Ghana and increase their purpose distinction, permitting South Korea to advance.

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