World Cup: Uruguay vs. Ghana (Matchday Commentary)

World Cup: Uruguay vs. Ghana (Matchday Commentary)

World Cup 2010

World Cup: Uruguay vs. Ghana (Matchday Commentary)

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One quarterfinal result is in the books, and Ghana will look to send a second South American nation home when they take on Uruguay today at Soccer City in Johannesburg (ESPN/ESPN3.com, 2:30 p.m.).

It's a bittersweet match for USA fans wondering what could have been, but the Black Stars will look to the support of an entire continent as they seek to become the first African nation to progress to the World Cup semifinals.

Standing between them and history is a top-heavy Uruguay side, a solid defensive side that boasts a strike duo in Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan that few teams can equal. Suarez rose to the occasion against South Korea in the Round of 16, so is it Forlan's turn against Ghana?

I'll be providing live commentary throughout the match. As usual, feel free to leave all thoughts, comments and analysis after the jump. Enjoy the action.

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PENALTIES – What an astonishing ending to Ghana's World Cup run. Luis Suarez goes from goat to hero, saving Uruguay with his handball on the goal line. That's all from me for today. Thanks for following along today, and be sure to check back for more World Cup coverage from SBI.

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PENALTIES – Sebastien Abreu to take. AND HE SCORES.  Uruguay are threw! Abreu with a cheeky chip, Ghana crash out. What an ending to a World Cup match. That's a gutsy penalty, and Soccer City goes quiet. Ghana players are crushed.

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PENALTIES – SAVE Muslera! If Uruguay score, Ghana are out.

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PENALTIES – SKIED BY Perreira. Way over, still 3-2.

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PENALTIES – SAVE Muslera! 3-2 still. Mensah, the captain with the miss. Poorly taken.

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PENALTIES – Scotti hits it straight down, pressure to Ghana. 3-2.

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PENALTIES – Appiah slots home, past Muslera. 2-2.

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PENALTIES – Victorino takes, and converts for Uruguay. 2-1.

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PENALTIES – Gyan to take. What's going through his head at this point? Perfect. 1-1.

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PENALTIES – Forlan to go first for Uruguay. Easily slots home. 1-0 to Uruguay.

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PENALTIES – Drama is about to unfold in Soccer City. Muslera vs. Kingson in goal.

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PENALTIES – Absolutely monumental here. No Suarez for Uruguay, five kicks each.

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PENALTIES – Bigger question now: Gyan will likely have to take a penalty. How will he respond?

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PENALTIES – Suarez is off, but Uruguay is still alive. Heartbreak for Gyan. They had a chance to win it with the very last kick of the game. That's some ending to a quarterfinal match.

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120th minute – GYAN MISSES AND HITS THE BAR! Going to penalty kicks.

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120th minute – RED CARD SUAREZ PENALTY TO GHANA! The ball gets cleared off the line by Suarez with his hand.

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120th minute – Ghana win a free kick — last kick of the game before penalties.

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119th minute – Close for Boateng! A long throw is headed on by a Fucile, and Boateng just a foot or two away from putting that in the upper corner.

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117th minute – If any side is going to win this, it looks like Ghana. Only a few minutes left to do that.

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115th minute – Off the line. Gyan does well to win the ball in the box, but is closed down, and the ball ricochets around and almost bounces in.

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114th minute – Forlan slices one wide after a rare venture forward from Uruguay. Didn't control or hit that one well, but not too far.

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112th minute – Both sides look content to ride this one out to the lottery of penalty kicks.

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110th minute – Gyan flashes a header wide after a good stretch of build up. Appiah's cross in not the best, and Gyan was under the ball. Ten minutes to go.

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107th minute – Whatever the outcome, the short rest will surely be a problem heading into Tuesday's match against the Netherlands.

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105th minute – Last 15 minutes are underway. It's either penalties or a mistake that lets the other in.

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HALFTIME – End of first 15 minutes. Penalties on the way, surely?

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105th minute – Only one minute of additional time.

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104th minute – Kingson collects a Lodeiro cross, after the youngster finds some space in Ghana's box.

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102nd minute – Sarpei now down for Ghana. Play stopped once again.

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101st minute – Game looks destined for penalty kicks at this rate. Very few ideas being carved out from either side.

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99th minute – Gyan looks okay, and play is back on.

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97th minute – Sloppy play from both sides, plenty of errors and turnovers in the midfield. Fatigue certainly a factor at this stage. Gyan is down after a couple of challenges in the Uruguay box.

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94th minute – Asamoah gets a good cross in after a one-two with Gyan, but it's out for a goal kick. Ghana still has one sub left — will they use it?

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92nd minute – Good start from the Black Stars, keeping the ball down in Uruguay's area. Gyan lurking, looking for that early strike.

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91st minute – How much does Ghana have left? They did this last weekend, can they do it again? First half of extra time has started.

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END OF REGULATION – Extra time it is. Ghana 1, Uruguay 1. Forlan's strike keeps his side in it, while Ghana find themselves right where they were last Saturday.

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90th minute – A bad Prince-Boateng cross ends a promising counter attack. One minute to go.

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90th minute – Three minutes of added time. Ghana with a flurry of possession, but extra time looks almost certain at this point.

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88th minute – Sulley Muntari comes off for Dominic Adiyah. Muntari the hero at this point for the Black Stars after his long-range strike in the first half.

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86th minute – Challenge from Victorino keeps Boateng from attacking forward. Uruguay look the more threatening side, more likely to score in these final minutes.

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84th minute – Things should open up over the last five minutes Uruguay pushes forward.

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82nd minute – Off a corner, Uruguay hit on the counter attack. But Pereira shoots well over despite having a couple of options to pass to.

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80th minute – The Black Stars maintain the edge now, though offensively limited in booting balls in the direction of Gyan.

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78th minute – Poor defending by Ghana on the ensuing corner results in a bit of a chance for Suarez, but he only succeeds in booting it out. Uruguay on top, Ghana struggling in possession.

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77th minute – Yellow card for Sarfei, hauling down Suarez. Free kick, and it's Forlan time. Suarez is left wide open, but can't beat Kingson.

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76th minute – Uruguay making a final sub, with Sebastian Abreu replacing Cavani.

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74th minute – Stephen Appiah comes in for Sammy Inkoom. Another long Forlan free kick almost causes problems.

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72nd minute – Better movement in Ghana's midfield, with Asamoah linking up well to create a half-chance for Annan, whose volley is well off target.

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70th minute – Ghana 1, Uruguay 1. Into the final 20 minutes — extra time on the way?

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68th minute – Gyan takes a free kick, no dip or swerve on it and it's well wide and over.

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66th minute – Each team is showing flashes of a goal-scoring threat as Prince-Boateng goes down in the box. Doesn't convince the ref, however.

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63rd minute – Ghana looking shakier in the second half. Anyone's game at this point as Cavani can't find Forlan in the middle.

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60th minute – Into the final 30 minutes. Muntari ruins a chance for Ghana to break. Who is going through in this one?

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59th minute – Yellow card on Perez for a challenge on Asamoah.

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57th minute – Ghana have to keep things together, not lose discipline. Momentum shifting to Uruguay at this point.

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55th minute – While Kingson deserves some fault on that, the movement from the shot too much for Kingson to handle.

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55th minute – GOAL FORLAN! He's tied it up on a free kick. Pantsil commits a foul outside the box, and Kingson is wrong-footed on that shot.

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53rd minute – Ghana break, but Kevin Prince-Boateng's bad pass thwarts the Black Stars.

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51st minute – Uruguay looking to get back in this. Haven't look to menacing in the first five minutes.

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49th minute – More defensive problems for Uruguay turns it over just outside its own penalty box.

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47th minute – Can Ghana's young defense hold up? Cavani goes on a dangerous venture forward after a mis-clearance that Ghana recovers to handle.

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45th minute – Second half is on. Nicholas Lodeiro is on, as Uruguay has made a second substitution.

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HALFTIME – With Forlan and Suarez, Uruguay will certainly be able to create more chances. Lots left in this one. Without Lugano and Diego Godin, Ghana will have a chance to add to their lead.

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HALFTIME – It's a deserved goal from the side that started off looking a bit nervous, but settled in and looked the far more confident team. Let's see what that does to the second half. The loss of Lugano, Uruguay's captain and central defender, leaves them with a lot of work to do.

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HALFTIME – Ghana 1, Uruguay 0. And that's the last kick of the first half. Muntari's goal delivers a shockingly, yet somewhat deserved lead heading into the break. What a stunning turn of events.

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47th minute – GOAL GHANA! Muntari winds up from about 35 yards, smashing a low, driven shot across the ground the beats the 'keeper. Sensational.

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45th minute – Inkoom speeds down the right and crosses for Prince-Boateng who tries an overhead kick that doesn't find the target.

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45th minute – Into the final minute, should be a couple more for injury time. Ghana finishing the first half on top of this one.

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43rd minute – He's up and looking well. Ghana looking confident on the ball at the moment.

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42nd minute – Nervy moment for Uruguay as Fucile takes a hard fall after misjudging a ball with Inkoom.

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40th minute – Poor execution on a free kick. Forlan simply passes the ball out of bounds, looking to go short to a teammate.

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38th minute – Substitute, as Uruguay captain Lugano has to come off for Scotti. Muntari heads wide off a great ball from Asamoah.

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36th minute – Forlan staying a bit higher up the field at the moment, and was nearly in through, though the flag is up.

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34th minute – Boateng and Gyan are linking up nicely, almost combining to get the striker behind the Uruguay defense. Ghana seizing more of this game at the moment, putting Uruguay on their heels.

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32nd minute – Two chances for Ghana go begging. Uruguay had been the better side for the first half, but the Black Stars can attack swiftly and suddenly.

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31st minute – WIDE BY GYAN. Great attack from Ghana, and Kevin Prince-Boateng finds Asamoah Gyan, but the Rennes striker misses wide to the right.

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30th minute – WIDE BY VORSAH! A free header for the central defender and it just misses to the left of the post. Great look there.

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28th minute – Forlan and Suarez are troubling Ghana's defense with their runs, earning yet another corner.

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26th minute – Sloppy passage of play leads to a turnover, Suarez turns on the ball, shoots on the volley and is thwarted by Kingson's fingertips.

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24th minute – Forlan shoots wide of the target after a poor touch from Ghana's midfield. Suarez left wide open on the left hand side.

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22nd minute – Vorsah takes down Suarez, who is quickly becoming the most fouled man in a blue jersey.

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21st minute – A lovely ball from Muntari is headed away by a Uruguayan defender. Ghana has to create scoring chances on set pieces.

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19th minute – Seven Uruguay shirts packing the box, and only two Ghana players. Yet Gyan almost comes away with an opportunity despite the lack of support.

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18th minute – Save Kingson! A corner takes a deflection off Mensah, but Kingson is alert enough to keep the ball out. That, and it hit him in the head.

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17th minute – Forlan is a man possessed early on, all over the place and winning a corner for his side.

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16th minute – Uruguay the better of the two sides. Forlan and Suarez seem a bit more likely to do something. Gyan seeing very little of the ball, Ghana struggling to knock the ball around.

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14th minute – Forlan with another long free kick that Kingson punches away and is then fouled by Suarez.

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12th minute – Free kick now for Uruguay, a foul on Muntari. Forlan stands over it. Ghana clears it.

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10th minute – Suarez looking to get on the end of long balls forward but nothing doing. Uruguay packing in deep, forcing turnovers and looking to attack quickly.

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8th minute – Uruguay heads it out and Asamoah's volley back in goes well wide.

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7th minute – Not much going on. Neither side with a chance early on, though Ghana has earned a free kick in a dangerous spot. Bodies in the box to get on the end of Muntari's free kick.

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4th minute – Vorsah sends the ball out, corner for Uruguay.

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2nd minute – Two sides exchanging possession, Suarez sent sprawling to the pitch by Mensah. How many niggling fouls will the Black Stars commit?

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1st minute – The referee blows his whistle and we are underway. Who will advance to play the Netherlands?

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PRE-GAME – Uruguay has three clean sheets in four matches. Asamoah Gyan must come up huge for the Black Stars.

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PRE-GAME – Share your predictions in the comments section below. A couple of minutes until kickoff.

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PRE-GAME – Anthems are underway. Uruguay has made two changes – Mauricio Victorino and Alvaro Fernandez replace Diego Godin and Alvaro Pereira.

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PRE-GAME – Sulley Muntari and Isaac Vorsah replace Andre Ayew and Jonathan Mensah in the starting lineup, respectively, for Ghana.

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PRE-GAME – Ghana's young team has the difficult challenge of breaking down Uruguay, a side that has conceded only one goal in four games. Tough task for the Black Stars, who have had trouble scoring during the run of play.

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PRE-GAME – Here are the lineups:

GHANA

——————-Gyan——————–

————————-Boateng————-

Muntari———Asamoah———–Inkoom

——————–Annan——————–

Sarpei——Mensah—Vorsah—Pantsil

——————-Kingson——————

URUGUAY

———Suarez———-Forlan————

—–Cavani—————–Fernandez—-

————Arevalo——–Perez———–

–Fucile——Godin—-Lugano—M. Pereira–

——————-Muslera——————–

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