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 extremely, actually very long time in the past,” Ghana coach Otto Addo stated.
Perhaps so, however for to many Ghanaians the quarterfinal defeat to Uruguay within the 2010 World Cup remains 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 objective and a spot in historical past as the primary African crew to succeed in 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 gained the following penalty shootout. To make it worse, Suarez boasted after the 2010 sport: “Reality is, it was price it.” Twelve years later, Ghana now has an opportunity to settle the rating.
By beating Uruguay of their last 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 because the World Cup draw was made in April, Addo tried his greatest to forged it as a “regular sport.” “I’m not likely interested by revenge,” he stated, including he remembered watching Ghana’s agonizing loss on TV in 2010.
“Nevertheless it’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 exciting 3-2 win over South Korea in its final sport, should win once more in Al Wakrah to make sure of going previous the group stage for the primary time since 2010. A draw is also 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 probably his farewell World Cup earlier than winding down a profession that noticed him celebrated as among the best forwards on the earth at one level. He gained the Copa America with Uruguay and Spanish league titles and a Champions League trophy with Barcelona.
Suarez additionally carved out a popularity as one of many sport’s most controversial characters and has additionally been punished thrice 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 at the very least another sport. Aim distinction will determine 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 effective crew however we all know them, now we have crushed them earlier than and we all know find out how to beat them once more.”