The Crimes of Suarez; Ghana on a mission against Uruguay


No Ghanaian football fan will ever forget what happened in the 120th minute of the 2010 World Cup quarter final encounter between the Black Stars and Uruguay at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Luis Suarez was the Villain, when he stopped a goal bound effort with his hand.

The Uruguayan was red carded and a penalty was awarded to Ghana, but Asamoah Gyan crashed his shot off the cross bar, much to the delight of Suarez and the Uruguay fans.

The Black Stars later lost on penalties to crash out of the tournament.

Fast forward 12 years after, Ghana will once again face Uruguay in a game of massive implication, as the this time around qualification from the group stage of the World Cup is at stake for both teams.

Portugal are already through to the second round, but will approach the game against South Korea a bit cautiously, leaving Ghana and Uruguay fighting for their destinies.

Uruguay knows that only a victory will secure their qualification although they will still need Portugal to avoid losing to South Korea and the Villain of the 2010 affair, Luis Suarez, has set the tone for things to come in his pre-game presser, insisting he has nothing to apologize to Ghana for.

Ghana will know better than to approach the game without a clear head and not allow the game to turn to an emotional affair.

The assignment for the Black Stars is simple, avoid defeat against the La Celeste and advance to the round of 16.

Ghana has only failed to make it past the group stage in only of their previous three appearances, reaching the round of 16 in 2006 and the quarter finals in 2010.

Uruguay will however be a very Strong test, with a blend of youth and experience; Luis Suarez will definitely lead the line and be supported by the likes of Real Madrid’s Fede Valverde and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez.

Edison Cavani, whether he comes off the bench, brings added firepower to Uruguay’s attack, and Ghana will have to avoid a defeat as it could see them get eliminated from the Tournament.

Ajax star Mohammad Kudus has been a standout performer in this tournament and Ghana will be hoping he puts in another show like he did against South Korea.

Otto Addo will also require Inaki Williams to start firing, if they are to get anything in this encounter.

Ghana will hope to expunge the ghosts of 2010.


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