July 02, 2010
Ghana vs Uruguay at Soccer City
Ghana supporters in Cape Town. Photo by Travis Robertson
Ghana were knocked out of the 2010 FIFA World CUP™ when they lost lost 4-2 on penalties to Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the at Soccer City in Soweto. Uruguay now advance to the semi-finals and will play the Netherlands at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday, July 6.
With the scores level at 1-1 in the last minute of extra time, Ghana had a gift-wrapped opportunity to become the first ever African team to advance to the semi-finals of a World Cup, when they were awarded a penalty for a deliberate handball by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. Their hearts, however, sank when the attempt by Asamoah Gyan hit the crossbar.
Ghana were outclassed in the penalty shootout and will have to wait another four years to get another shot at the World Cup trophy.
According to the FIFA website, Uruguay are ranked 16th in the world and Ghana 32nd.
On the road to the quarter-finals, Uruguay drew 0-0 with France and beat South Korea 2-1, South Africa 3-0 and Mexico 1-0. Ghana beat Serbia 1-0, drew 1-1 with Australia, lost 1-0 to Germany and beat the United States 2-1.
Only two African teams have previously reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup: Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002.
The Photos of Soccer City below, were taken by Tara Turkington.
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