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By FRANCO PANIZO
The U.S. men's national team's World Cup run came to a close on Saturday, as it was eliminated for the second straight time by Ghana by the score of 2-1.
It was deja vu all over again for the United States, as it allowed another early goal when Ricardo Clark was dispossessed near midfield before Kevin-Prince Boateng hit a shot to the front post just five minutes into the game.
Landon Donovan would pull the Americans level, converting a penalty kick drawn by Clint Dempsey in the 62nd minute. The equalizing goal, which was a perfect strike that stung off the right post and went in, was Donovan's third of the tournament, tying him with five other players for the tournament's best.
The game entered extra time, and the American defense again unraveled early as Asamoah Gyan would score three minutes in. A gassed U.S. team pushed for an equalizer, but never found it.
Here are the match highlights, as well as from the Uruguay-South Korea match:
Superb Suarez strike sends Uruguay to quarters
Luis Suarez scored twice, including a splendid shot in the second half, to launch Uruguay to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1970 with a 2-1 win over Korea Republic.
Suarez opened the scoring in the eighth minute, taking advantage of a sleeping Korea Republic back line to get on the end of a Diego Forlan feed from close range.
Korea Republic would respond in the second half, when Lee Chung Yong rose to head a ball over Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the 68th minute.
Suarez would permanently reclaim the lead for Uruguay with a magnificent effort 12 minutes later. The Uruguayan striker received a pass on the left side of the penalty area, sidestepped his defender and curled a shot off the far post and into the back of the net.
Uruguay will face Ghana in the quarterfinals on June 2.
Here are the match highlights:
What do you think of Saturday's action? Still can't believe the United States lost again to early goals? Think Ghana or Uruguay will reach the semifinals? Impressed by Korea Republic's showing at the World Cup?
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