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World Cup 2022: Revenge backfires as Uruguay whips Ghana again but also sent packing



In their last match in Group H for the 2022 World Cup, Uruguay eliminated Ghana once more with a 2-0 victory on Friday at Al Janoub Stadium, emulating their success over the Black Stars 12 years ago in South Africa.

Giorgian De Arrascaeta scored twice for La Celeste in eight minutes to secure the victory after Andre Ayew missed an early penalty. However, it wasn’t enough because Ghana and Uruguay also lost.

Because South Korea defeated Portugal 2-1 in the second group match, and because Ghana had more goals scored than the Asians, the Black Stars just needed a draw to go to the next round.

Ghana finished bottom of the group with three points, as Portugal and South Korea go through to the round of 16 with six points and four points, respectively.

After a sluggish start, Ghana got the game’s first effort at goal after 15 minutes, when Jordan Ayew caused Sergio Rochet to make a stop.

Mohammed Kudus was later pulled down by the goalie after latching onto the rebound. The penalty was given following a VAR review. In the 21st minute, captain Andre Ayew’s feeble attempt from the penalty spot was stopped.

Uruguay took the lead five minutes later through Giorgian De Arrascaeta, who headed in a rebounded Luis Suarez shot at the right post.

Ghana’s disorganization was exploited again when Suarez sent in a cross from the left for Arrascaeta to score his brace from a first-time shot at the far post just after the half-hour mark.

The South Americans continued to dominate the Black Stars and went into the break with a two-goal advantage.

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Ghana started the second half with better intensity but nearly conceded a penalty when Daniel Amartey brought down Darwin Nunez. His blushes were, however, spurred after a VAR check two minutes to the hour mark.

Fede Valverde forced a marvellous save from Lawrence Ati Zigi with a trademark shot from a distance with twenty minutes remaining.

Ghana had a rare opening at the La Celeste backline for substitute Antoine Semenyo to shoot just wide at goal with his left foot before Kudus forced a big save from Rochet two minutes later.

Ati Zigi produced another magnificent save in the 88th minute to deny Edson Cavani a goal that could have taken Uruguay through.

Ghana pressed for a consolation goal but Uruguay defended doggedly to deny Ghana any consolation goal. The South Americans held to claim a 2-0 win.