They remained tied after the end of that as well, but only after a heart-wrenching finish. Uruguay will now face the Netherlands on Tuesday.
The game went into a penalty kick shootout and a stunned African crowd and Ghana’s players seemed to have the wind taken out of their sails. Uruguay scored on four of their five penalty kicks and Ghana was only able to capitalize on two of them.
They seemed destined to pull off the win and become the first African nation to advance to the semifinals in World Cup history, on African soil no less. Ghana had three straight corner kicks in the closing seconds of the final extra time and had three shots on goal denied.
The final denial however came on an intentional handball from Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and resulted in the final play of the game being a penalty kick for Ghana.
While that game provided some unexpected results, it paled in comparison to the emotionally gripping game between Uruguay and Ghana. Unfortunately for Africa and Ghana, star player Asamoah Gyan missed the kick off the top of the crossbar.
It was an emotional and exciting day for the 2010 World Cup, which started with Brazil being upset 2-1 by the Netherlands..
Both teams played to a 1-1 tie after 90 minutes of regulation and went into the two 15-minute extra periods. Uruguay defeated Ghana 4-2 on penalty kicks to eliminate the final African team still alive.
Gyan and several Ghana players were seen crushed and in tears after the loss
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