Uruguay vs Ghana had been a very tight game. We have predicted before that Ghana will win this match in regular period 1-0 but the match went on to penalty kicks and Uruguay defeated Ghana, 4-2. It was a sad lose since Ghana is aiming to be the first African team to earn a semifinals slot. It is a battle for Africa. It is “Waka-Waka.”
Asamoah Gyan, Ghana’s star player missed a penalty kick on the last play of extra time which could have been a win for Ghana. On the shootout the team had not been good at really delivering shots as Uruguay goalie Fernando Muslera made two saves in the shootout.
Uruguay will be the first South American to advance to the semifinals and will be facing Netherlands who made a wonderful match against Brazil. Uruguay made it on penalties, 4-2, after a 1-1 draw Friday at Soccer City.
“It’s not just about courage to take a penalty like that,” Abreu said. “It’s a way of scoring a penalty. It won’t count as two goals if you take it conventionally. There are different ways to score from the spot and this is this one I like. We can’t say we had winners’ luck because that would imply that we are playing down the work we have done since 2006. This is a team that has gone through a lot and that has been the key to a result in the World Cup.”
Uruguay will not be playing for the semifinals, a feat they had never reached since 1970. For Ghana their quest to become the first African nation to reach the semifinals ended short. It was a good game though and our congratulations to both.