Despite South America’s win, both teams exit World Cup.
Uruguay’s 2-0 triumph over Ghana in Group H’s final game stopped the Black Stars from exacting retribution for their 2010 quarterfinal loss, but La Celeste paid a steep price.
South Korea’s 2-1 triumph over Portugal in the group-stage decider vaulted them over Uruguay and Ghana, sending both teams home.
Luis Suarez’s premeditated handball in extra time of their 2010 knockout match dominated the buildup. Asamoah Gyan’s miss that day proved catastrophic for Ghana, and Andre Ayew, the last remaining player, couldn’t redeem it 12 years later.
He missed a penalty to put the Black Stars ahead after 20 minutes.
Suarez’s low drive was parried into the path of De Arrascaeta, who headed in from close range for Uruguay’s first World Cup goal.
De Arrascaeta doubled La Celeste’s advantage after a flurry of flicks and volleys.
Mohammed Kudus led Ghana’s second-half comeback effort. Osman Bukari had multiple chances to score, but Rochet and the Uruguayan backline denied him.
Diego Alonso substituted Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez to finish out the game, but Portugal and South Korea threw Uruguay’s plans into disarray.
Anything other than a South Korean win would have taken Uruguay through, and a Ghana tie would have advanced them.
Hwang Hee-chan scored a 91st-minute winner to lift his team past Ghana and Uruguay, eliminating La Celeste on goals scored.
The Sporting News covered Ghana vs. Uruguay’s 2022 World Cup match. Group H match in Qatar results are below.
Ghana 2-1 Uruguay
1H 2H Final
Ghana 0 0 0 \sUruguay 2 0 2
De Arrascaeta (26 mins)
Arrascaeta (32 mins)
4. Salisu, 17. Rahman — 5. Partey, 21. Abdul Samed — 20. Kudus, 10. A. Ayew, 9. J. Ayew — 19. Williams.
Rochet (GK) — Varela, Gimenez, Coates, Olivera — 8. Pellistri, 15. Valverde, 6. Bentancur, 10. De Arrascaeta — 11. Nunez, 9. Suarez.
Ghana vs. Uruguay, 2022 World Cup FULL-TIME highlights: Uruguay 2-0 Ghana
End!! South Korea’s 2-1 win over Portugal eliminates Uruguay and Portugal from the competition.
The second half was a melee. Ghana had many chances to score, but Uruguay’s Sergio Rochet kept them out.
Giorgian De Arrascaeta’s first-half brace gave Uruguay a two-goal cushion. They were too, but South Korea’s win meant they needed to score again to advance. Since they couldn’t, they and Ghana are going home.
SAVED! Alidu Seidu concedes a late free kick and is booked. Nicolas De La Cruz has Uruguay’s last chance to score, but his curling shot is saved by Lawrence Ati-Zigi as time runs out.
BLOCKED!! Edinson Cavani crosses to Sebastian Coates as a striker. He tries to score at the post, but a last-ditch block throws the ball wide.
90+6 mins: Ghana then overlaps. Sergio Rochet parries Kamaldeen Sulemana’s stroke.
SAVED! Edinson Cavani on the edge of the area after more Uruguayan pressure. Lawrence Ati-Zigi of Ghana tips his low shot around the post.
90+4: BLOCKED! Baba Rahman keeps possession down the left side and crosses. Mohammed Kudus’s first-time shot goes in before Sebastian Coates blocks it.
Edison Cavani pursues a throughball in 90+3 for Uruguay. The referee and VAR ignore his protestations as he collides with Alidu Seidu.
After Mohammed Salisu clears a Uruguay cross, Ghana counterattacks. Antoine Semenyo’s first-time attempt from Mohammed Kudus is blocked.
Ghana’s goalkeeper lands on his neck after that spectacular save, and we have EIGHT minutes of injury time as both teams try to avoid elimination.
What a save! Nicolas De La Cruz crosses from the left as Uruguay attacks. Lawrence Ati-Zigi makes a spectacular reflex stop on Edison Cavani’s looping header.
Sebastian Coates’ late tackle on Mohammed Kudus gives the Black Stars a free kick and earns him a yellow card.
South Korea’s 2-1 win over Portugal puts them ahead of Uruguay on goals scored, ending Ghana and Uruguay’s World Cup ambitions.
SAVED! Mohammed Kudus beats Nicolas De La Cruz in midfield and gets the ball on the box’s edge. Sergio Rochet tips his shot onto the post and out. Wow!
Wide!!! Two Uruguayan defenders miss Thomas Partey’s hacked pass forward, which falls to Antoine Semenyo. The substitute beats Sergio Rochet one-on-one but misses the far post.
Federico Valverde sees Lawrence Ati-Zigi off his line and tries to beat him from midfield, but misses.
Kamaldeen Sulemana challenges Guillermo Varela for a corner. Sebastian Coates clears the cross, as Uruguay looks to Edison Cavani.
Inaki Williams and Salis Abdul Samed are replaced by Daniel-Kofi Kyereh and Antoine Semenyo.
Mohammed Kudus beats three defenders in 71 minutes. His 20-yard shot is wide.
SAVED!!! Mohammed Salisu clears a cross into Ghana’s box, and Federico Valverde volleys the loose ball! Lawrence Ati-Zigi parries the piledriver!
Ghana wins a corner, and the ball bounces about the box. Thomas Partey’s bad first touch allows Sergio Rochet to save his shot.
The Ghanaian scourge departs the pitch having helped win 2-0. Uruguayans cheer Suarez’s exit. Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri replace him.
Wide!!! Facundo Pellistri shoots after Darwin Nunez brings the ball in from the left. He tries, but his shot goes wide.
Sergio Rochet intercepts Kamaldeen Sulemana’s cross in the 64th minute. The goalkeeper has no chance, as Osman Bukari can’t score after a late run.
Luis Suarez collides with Mohammed Salisu about halfway in minute 61. The Uruguay captain gets booked, so he and Darwin Nunez must tread carefully for the rest of the game.
59 minutes without penalty! The referee checks the VAR screen on the sideline and sees Darwin Nunez handle the ball. This happened before the challenge, thus Ghana gets a free-kick, not a penalty.
58 minutes: Daniel Amartey forces Darwin Nunez wide and he falls. The referee waves play-on, but VAR tells him to stop, and we’re prepared for another penalty review.
Mohammed Salisu’s forward pass is met by Kamaldeen Sulemana’s dash, but Sergio Rochet wins it for Uruguay.
Facundo Pellistri and Guillermo Varela play a one-two on the right, but he’s fouled for a Uruguay free kick. Federico Valverde crosses the ball, but a Uruguayan is offside.
Osman Bukari finds space down the right and crosses, but Jose Gimenez clears for Uruguay.
47 minutes: LARGE! Osman Bukari has an instant chance for Ghana. Mohammed Kudus follows the substitute’s low shot across goal, but the ball rolls wide of the far post.
Ghana replaces Andre and Jordan Ayew with Osman Bukari and Kamaldeen Sulemana, and Inaki Williams starts for the Black Stars.
What a first half! Two quick-fire Uruguay goals followed an agonising penalty miss in the tournament’s best 45 minutes.
Georgian De Arrascaeta scores twice (USA):
Ghana had a VAR-awarded penalty after 20 minutes, but Andre Ayew shot right into Sergio Rochet’s gloves.
Uruguay’s world-class talents replied with grace after the scare. Georgian De Arrascaeta scored for the Celeste after Luis Suarez’s effort was saved. Flamengo’s winger scored again six minutes later with a spectacular volley.
Uruguay capitalised on Ghana’s meltdown after missing the penalty, and their 2-0 advantage has them second in the group behind Portugal, advancing at Ghana’s expense.
45+8 minutes: Inaki Williams’s cross from the left is saved by Sergio Rochet.
Facundo Pellistri is impeded by Daniel Amartey in the box, leading Uruguay to pursue a penalty. Pellistri and his teammates allege Amartey elbowed him, but the referee shrugs aside their objections as Ghana’s Lawrence Ati-Zigi gathers.
Federico Valverde takes a free-kick after Jordan Ayew fouls him on the right flank. Luis Suarez’s front-post header is wide.
45+1 mins: With 8 more minutes, this exciting first half isn’t over yet.
Suarez recovers a wide Uruguayan right-wing free kick. The ball ricochets off him and behind for a Ghana goal kick as he dribbles back into the box.
Alidu Seidu is unintentionally caught by Georgian De Arrascaeta’s studs but is not penalised.
Darwin Nunez finds space down the right and looks for Luis Suarez. Salis Abdul Samed intercepts the ball and wins a free-kick for Ghana.
Mohammed Kudus again takes up the ball from 25 yards out. Jose Gimenez deflects his attempt wide for a Black Stars corner.
Rodrigo Bentancur is replaced by Matias Vecino after 34 minutes.
32 minutes!!! Sublime goal doubles Uruguay’s lead!!! Facundo Pellistri finds Luis Suarez. He passes to Darwin Nunez, who passes to Suarez, who passes to Georgian De Arrascaeta. La Celeste go up 2-0 when he volleys a well-timed shot into the lower corner.
10 crazy minutes of football conclude, giving us and the audience a break. Andre Ayew’s penalty was saved, and Georgian De Arrascaeta scored for Uruguay six minutes later.
26 minutes: GO! Uruguay 1-0! Luis Suarez shoots low after avoiding two Ghanaian defenders with a right-wing cross. Georgian De Arrascaeta scores the opening goal after Lawrence Ati-Zigi saves it but doesn’t parry it away from the goalmouth. Uruguay makes Ghana pay for their missed penalty almost immediately.
Watch Sergio Rochet stop Ghana’s penalty (in the US):
OFF THE LINE!!! Darwin Nunez sprints through and chips the ball over Lawrence Ati-Zigi. Mohammed Salisu saves Ghana’s goal after the goalkeeper is beaten. This game is reckless.
21 minutes: SAVED! Andre Ayew, the sole player remained from Ghana’s 2010 campaign, takes the penalty, and Sergio Rochet guesses correctly to push it clear. What a time, and what drama already!
18-minute penalty! The referee looks at the pitch-side VAR screen and points to the spot quickly. Darwin Nunez and his teammates aren’t happy, so he books them for dissent.
Sergio Rochet’s challenge on Mohammed Kudus looks like a penalty from every angle, therefore VAR is reviewing it.
SAVED! Jordan Ayew shoots low from the left. Sergio Rochet parries, but spills the ball to Mohammed Kudus, who is tackled after retrieving it. With VAR, we may not have seen the last of this corner kick.
13 minutes! Darwin Nunez chases down Georgian De Arrascaeta’s header. Mohammed Salisu and Daniel Amartey crowd him out before he can shoot.
Federico Valverde and Salis Abdul Samed are already battling in midfield.
Guillermo Varela surges down the right and seeks to pass to Facundo Pellistri, but the winger is driven wide and his cut-back into the area is blocked.
Thomas Partey crosses the ball into the box after Mohammed Kudus is fouled. Guillermo Varela clears for Uruguay and La Celeste clears their lines.
Mohammed Kudus makes room for Thomas Partey on the Uruguayan box’s edge. His South Americans flee, though. Darwin Nunez runs into the box off Georgian De Arrascaeta’s feed but falls short.
Jose Gimenez loses a 50-50 with Mohammed Kudus but recovers after grabbing his calf.
We’re off! Luis Suarez kicks off for Uruguay in Al Wakrah.
5 minutes to kickoff: The two teams will sing their national anthems with passion and pride, knowing it may be the last time they do so in Qatar in 2022.
The final two group H games will start simultaneously in 10 minutes, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Portugal is already through, therefore South Korea must win to advance.
This game is crucial. Uruguay’s first win and first goal will advance them to the last 16. Ghana will do all in their power to prevent that, since a win will put them through and eliminate Uruguay.
15 minutes till kickoff: The stadium is poised, the fans are loud, and the pitch is ready for Ghanaian and Uruguayan boots.
Luis Suarez’s return to Uruguay’s starting XI will lift spirits from Montevideo to Mercedes, and with 30 minutes to go, the Nacional striker will be chomping at the bit to face a side he has become a nemesis of in the last 12 years.
The experienced ex-Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid striker won’t allow that pressure get to him. He’s under enough already, captaining Uruguay in a match they must win to advance.
Uruguay shifted to a 3-5-2 in their 2-0 loss to Portugal, but have reverted to a back four.
Luis Suarez, who was unimpressive off the bench against Portugal, starts and captains against Ghana. Diego Godin was dropped. The former and present Liverpool attackers will lead the line for Uruguay in Qatar.
Godin’s absence causes a reshuffle in midfield, with De Arrascaeta and Facundo Pellistri filling in on the flanks of a 4-4-2 formation. Coach Diego Alonso will hope Suarez and Nunez have enough of ammo in the Ghanian box.
Both lineups are confirmed 55 minutes before kickoff.
Alidu Seidu and Baba Rahman return to the side after sitting out against South Korea.
The pair started as wing-backs in a 5-3-2 configuration against Portugal, but will provide breadth in a four-man back-line as Ghana retains the 4-2-3-1 they employed to beat South Korea 3-2 last time out.
1 hour till one of the group stages’ most anticipated matchups, Ghana’s fans aren’t feeling the pressure. Al Wakrah is having a wild celebration.
The Black Stars made it to the quarterfinals in 2010 before being eliminated by Uruguay. Will the Al Janoub Stadium atmosphere reflect that belief against the same opponents?
1 hour 15 minutes before kickoff: Uruguay is under significantly more pressure than Ghana in Group H, needing to win at all costs to advance.
Ghana must avoid losing to advance; a tie will put them five points behind Portugal. A South Korea win over the already-qualified group leaders would put them above the Black Stars. Given the regularity and scale of upsets in Qatar, you wouldn’t bet on another before the group stages are over.
Ghana will be going all out to win this game, not only to advance, but also to exact’revenge’ on Uruguay for their 2010 quarterfinal loss.
Uruguay must attack to create opportunities for Ghana, says coach Otto Addo.
“We want to advance, so we should win,” he remarked. We anticipate them to press high and dictate the game.
“They realise a draw won’t do, so they attack more. We’ll have more openings in their defence.”
Uruguay must score their first goal of the finals in two hours.
Luis Suarez, the modest, retiring and diplomatic kind, did not extend an olive branch when asked about the 2010 finals match between these two countries, in which Ghana would have scored the deciding goal had he not handled the ball on the line.
“Maybe I’d apologise if I tackled and hurt a teammate, but in this circumstance I took the red card, the ref handed a penalty, and it’s not my responsibility because I didn’t miss the penalty.” “He summarised Uruguay’s shootout victory.
“He claimed he’d do the same. Not my fault.”
Ghana are strolling 3 hours before kickoff. They titled this “Black Stars walk before fight.” “It’s now.”
5 of Ghana’s 6 shots on target at the FIFA 2022 World Cup have been goals, including all 3 against South Korea.
They can break their tournament record of five goals by scoring today.
Uruguay will go four hours without scoring if they don’t score in the opening three minutes.
They’ve gone 3-4 without scoring. Both teams haven’t scored in nine of Uruguay’s last 13 games.
Uruguay has used four 35-year-olds in this tournament: Martn Caceres, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, and Diego Godn.
Only Panama in 2018 used four such players in a single edition.
5-hour countdown: Ghana face Uruguay in Group H. Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage. This is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal, and the Black Stars have had some unlikely supporters. Mohammed Salisu will play for the Black Stars today, and Southampton has declared their support. We’ll keep you updated.
Lineups, team news: Ghana vs. Uruguay
Diego Alonso believes he has a plan to beat Ghana and advance in the World Cup.
Uruguay’s coach has utilised two different formations in the opening two games, a 0-0 draw with South Korea and 2-0 loss to Portugal.
He believes his team to be ready to exploit Ghana’s flaws on Friday.
remarked “We know how to proceed. We’ll do everything we can to qualify next game.”
Ghana’s anticipated lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Ati-Zigi (GK) — 2. Lamptey, 18. Amartey, 4. Salisu, 14. Mensah — 5. Partey, 21. Abdul Samed — 20. Kudus, Ayew, J. Ayew — Williams
Otto Addo may remain with the same 11 after his side beat South Korea 3-2 last time.
Gideon Mensah, Tariq Lamptey, and Jordan Ayew would keep their spots after missing Ghana’s opener against Portugal.
Uruguay’s probable starting 11 (3-5-2): Rochet (GK) — Gimenez, Godin, Coates — Varela, Valverde, Bentancur, Vecino, Olivera — Nunez, Suarez.
Alonso may persist with the 3-5-2 formation he tried against Portugal and pair Luis Suarez with Darwin Nunez.
Edinson Cavani would be a late sub.
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