Uruguay and Ghana set for epic rematch 12 years after controversial World Cup quarterfinal conflict | CNN

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Uruguay and Ghana set for epic rematch 12 years after controversial World Cup quarterfinal clash | CNN

2022-12-02 05:39:57



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Uruguay and Ghana’s quarterfinal assembly at South Africa 2010 is broadly seen as one of the iconic World Cup matches in historical past.

On a tense night in Johannesburg, this was a sport that had every thing; drama, controversy, heartbreak, a villain and a hero – by the way, each performed by the identical particular person.

Luis Suárez’s function as Uruguay’s savior that night time made him persona non grata in Ghana, even incomes him the nickname ‘El Diablo,’ or ‘The Satan.’

With the scores stage at 1-1 and the sport approaching the ultimate seconds of additional time, Suárez blocked a goal-bound winner on the road together with his palms. It was a purpose that might have put Ghana into the World Cup semifinal, making it the primary African staff in historical past to succeed in the ultimate 4.

As an alternative, Suárez was despatched off, however Asamoah Gyan, Ghana’s star man and captain, missed the penalty. Photographs of Suárez wildly celebrating the miss within the tunnel turned one of many enduring moments of that World Cup and solely additional angered the already incandescent Ghanaian supporters.

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Ghana went on to lose the following penalty shootout and with it the staff’s probability at creating historical past.

Now, forward of the primary assembly between these sides since that memorable night time greater than 12 years in the past, Suárez insists he has nothing to apologize for.

“I don’t apologize about that … however the participant is gonna miss a penalty,” Suárez instructed reporters within the buildup to the rematch, per Reuters. “Perhaps, I can say [I] apologize if I injure the participant and take a crimson card.

“However on this state of affairs, I take a crimson card and the ref stated penalty. This isn’t my fault as a result of I didn’t miss. It’s not my duty to shoot the penalty.”

Time heals all wounds, because the saying goes, however that clearly hasn’t been the case with Ghana’s emotions in direction of Suárez. Within the wake of the Black Stars’ dramatic 3-2 win over South Korea at Qatar 2022, jubilant followers outdoors Training Metropolis Stadium had been already calling out El Pistolero.

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Asamoah Gyan is consoled following the penalty shootout defeat in 2010.

The stakes are excessive this time spherical, too, although not fairly as excessive as they had been in 2010.

Ghana will face Uruguay on Friday in a match that may play a giant half in deciding which staff goes by to the spherical of 16. Ghana is aware of a victory will assure its place within the knockout phases, with a draw additionally being sufficient if Portugal beats South Korea.

For Uruguay, nonetheless, solely a win will do – and even then La Celeste should hope that South Korea fails to beat Portugal.

“It’s all about perspective,” Ghana coach Otto Addo stated of the handball, per Reuters. “If the identical incident would have occurred the opposite approach round and Ghana would proceed to the semifinals, everyone would say: ‘OK, it’s regular {that a} participant will do something he can.’”

“That is what I want from each participant, to do all he can to assist his staff qualify to serve and typically sacrificing himself with a crimson card.”

Ghana vs. Uruguay: 10am ET

South Korea vs. Portugal: 10am ET

Cameroon vs. Brazil: 2pm ET

Serbia vs. Switzerland: 2pm ET

US: Fox Sports activities

UK: BBC or ITV

Australia: SBS

Brazil: SportTV

Germany: ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Telekom

Canada: Bell Media

South Africa: SABC

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