Match ends, Ghana 0, Uruguay 2.
Uruguay beat Ghana but went out of the World Cup on goals scored as they finished third behind South Korea in Group H, despite Luiz Suarez’s heroics.
Suarez played a major role in both of Uruguay’s goals, and the 35-year-old was in tears after the final whistle, following what may have been his last international.
Both goals were scored by Giorgio de Arrascaeta – the first a close-range header, the second a sublime volley.
Uruguay’s players reacted furiously at full-time, confronting the referee and appearing to manhandle an assistant after they failed to award a penalty to Darwin Nunez after a coming together with Alidu Seidu.
In Group H’s other game, South Korea’s 2-1 victory over group winners Portugal was enough to take them through in second place.
Uruguay and South Korea both ended with a zero goal difference, but South Korea scored four goals in their three games, while Uruguay netted twice.
Suarez, whose handball in their previous meeting 12 years ago played a crucial role in sending his side through on that occasion, saw his shot fall into De Arrascaeta’s path for the opener, before the veteran former Liverpool striker followed it up with a glorious assist for the second.
There had been early penalty drama when Ghana striker Andre Ayew saw his spot-kick saved by Sergio Rochet at 0-0. The penalty was awarded by the referee after reviewing the goalkeeper’s foul on Mohammed Kudus on the pitchside monitor.
Agony for Uruguay
One word was circulating in the build-up to this game – “revenge”.
Ghana came into the grudge match with hopes of avenging the defeat from 2010, when Suarez handled the ball on the line and was sent off, before wildly celebrating Asamoah Gyan’s miss from the resulting penalty.
Ghana lost the shootout that followed, and there was plenty of drama this time round too.
At 2-0 up, Uruguay thought they were progressing to the last 16, but news filtered through of South Korea’s comeback against Portugal.
Suarez, who was subbed off on 65 minutes for Edinson Cavani, sat on the bench in disbelief as he was made aware of the final result in the other game.
At full-time, the emotional striker was consoled on the pitch by captain Diogo Godin – both veterans might have been seen in a Uruguay shirt for the last time.
Ghana should have taken the lead, but like Gyan in 2010, Andre Ayew failed to convert and it proved extremely costly.
Otto Addo’s men needed some inspiration in the second period but were unable to find a way through an obdurate Uruguayan defence as Kudus saw a low drive tipped wide by Rochet late on.
Uruguay had scored twice before the break and with time running out they pushed for the winner, but Federico Valverde’s effort was palmed away by Lawrence Ati-Zigi, who also made a stunning stop to keep out Cavani’s header.
- 26SeiduBooked at 90mins
- 21Abdul SamedSubstituted forKyerehat 72′minutes
- 19WilliamsSubstituted forSemenyoat 72′minutes
- 10A AyewSubstituted forBukariat 45′minutes
- 9J AyewSubstituted forSulemanaat 45′minutesBooked at 86mins
- 20KudusSubstituted forFatawuat 90+8′minutes
- 2GiménezBooked at 90mins
- 19CoatesBooked at 87mins
- 8PellistriSubstituted forde la Cruzat 66′minutes
- 6BentancurSubstituted forVecinoat 34′minutes
- 10de ArrascaetaSubstituted forCanobbioat 80′minutes
- 9SuárezBooked at 60minsSubstituted forCavaniat 66′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 11NúñezBooked at 19minsSubstituted forGómezat 80′minutes
- 7de la Cruz
- Daniel Siebert
José Giménez (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card.
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half ends, Ghana 0, Uruguay 2.
Attempt saved. Nicolás de la Cruz (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Alidu Seidu (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Maximiliano Gómez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alidu Seidu (Ghana).
Substitution, Ghana. Issahaku Fatawu replaces Mohammed Kudus.
Attempt missed. Sebastián Coates (Uruguay) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.
Attempt saved. Kamaldeen Sulemana (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Osman Bukari.
Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Lawrence Ati-Zigi.
Attempt saved. Maximiliano Gómez (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.
Attempt blocked. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abdul Rahman Baba with a cross.
Foul by Abdul Rahman Baba (Ghana).
Agustín Canobbio (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Ghana. Mohammed Kudus tries a through ball, but Antoine Semenyo is caught offside.
Foul by Thomas Partey (Ghana).
Nicolás de la Cruz (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Uruguay. Nicolás de la Cruz tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.
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