A brace from Giorgian De Arrascaeta was not enough for Uruguay (2-0) in the 2010 revenge against Ghana, the Celeste was blown their place in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup by South Korea South, victorious on the wire of Portugal in the other match of group H, Friday in Doha. In the last minutes, Luis Suarez, controversial hero of the quarter of 2010, took the lead with both hands on the bench. Uruguay had long thought they could qualify, but a South Korean goal in added time against Portugal (2-1) put an end to the South Americans’ adventure in this edition.
Uruguay started the game well
However, everything had started well for Celeste. Established in the midfield, Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Flamengo) had used his head (26th) and his foot (32nd) to shatter the hopes of the Ghanaians, unlike Suarez, guilty of a memorable voluntary hand twelve years ago in quarters final (1-1, 4 pens to 2). History had definitely repeated itself this Friday with a new cursed penalty for the Black Stars. After the one missed at the end of extra time in 2010 by Asamoah Gyan following the hand of Suarez, André Ayew also missed his attempt.
In the 21st minute, the 32-year-old player, the only survivor of the Ghanaian side in 2010, had the opportunity to give his team the advantage after a foul by goalkeeper Sergio Rochet on Mohammed Kudus. But the Ghanaian captain did not support his strike enough. The worst-placed team in the Fifa rankings (61st) of all those involved in this World Cup, Ghana had nevertheless made an exciting start to the tournament, losing narrowly against Portugal (3-2), then beating South Korea. (3-2) after a meeting with twists and turns.
A Ghanaian penalty missed at the start of the game
Five goals scored and a second place behind Portugal, already qualified, the Ghanaians arrived confident and vindictive against aging Uruguayans who had remained silent in front of goal since the start of the tournament. But after the missed penalty at the start of the game by the eldest of the Ayew brothers, the Celeste finally opened its counter. We were waiting for Luis Suarez or Darwin Nunez to start in attack, it was finally Giorgian De Arrascaeta, aligned in place of Matias Vecino in the middle, who delivered his team.
On the lookout after a strike from Suarez repelled by goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi, he pushed the ball into the back of the net with a header (1-0, 26th). At the origin of the first goal, Suarez managed an assist on the second, scored with a half-volley by De Arrascaeta again (2-0, 32nd). Already a little stunned by their missed penalty, the Ghanaians were knocked out by this double in six minutes and could never really react.
Passer and barker with the captain’s armband around his arm, Luis Suarez had a full match before giving way to Cavani in the 66th. The former Paris SG and Manchester United striker had the ball for qualification but Ati-Zigi diverted with a superb tap (90 + 1). At both 35, Suarez and Cavani played their fourth and very likely last World Cup, which will have ended for the second with a yellow card received after the final whistle, for gestures of humor towards the referee .