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World Cup 2010 - Uruguay defeats Ghana in Penalty Kicks in quartefinals by Stephen Lars

World Cup 2010 - Uruguay defeats Ghana in Penalty Kicks in quartefinals

The Soccer City Stadium in South Africa was obscurely silenced as Sesbastian Abreu made one of the most daring penalty kicks I can recall in a World Cup game. Take into account that this was the goal that decided whether Uruguay would make it to the semifinals for the first time in about 40 years. He runs to the ball, then slows down at the last second and just barely sends a floating kick that went on smoothly and quite softly into the end of the goal. It sure takes a lot of balls to kick such a key goal in that fashion, but perhaps that’s why they call him â€El Loco Abreu†back at home.

Yet the silence came from most of the South Africans in the stadium. Ghana, the only African team still alive in the tournament, was finally out. They were close, very close of being the first African team to make it into a World Cup semifinal. But it was not a lucky afternoon for Ghana’s players. They had a chance to score in a penalty kick, just minutes before the second overtime was over.

On a very dramatic, and possibly decisive play, Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker, blocked the ball with his hand, keeping it from entering the goal and making it 2-1 for the Ghanaian team after a nice header by Dominic Adiyiah. Suarez received a red card, and was sent out of the game. Asamoah Gyan was the man in charge of taking the penalty kick for Ghana. He took a full speed approach to the kick but smacked the ball into the horizontal post and missed the clearest chance the African team had of making the continental debut into the semifinals.

The Uruguayan keeper, Ferando Musseira had a brilliant performance through the game and particularly in the penalty kicks, as he managed to stop shots by both John Mensa and Dominic Adiyiah. It was Sulley Muntari who opened up the scoring at the end of the first half with a beautiful long distance shot.

Once the second half began, once again it was team captain, and perhaps one of the key-motivators for the Uruguayan squad, Diego Forlan who once again proved his keen eye for goal. Forlan would score an impeccably swerving free kick that was a bit too much to handle for the Ghanaian keeper, Richard Kingson. Curiously enough, Forlan has scored now 4 goals in the tournament. All of his goals have come against African teams. Now, if the Uruguayans have any hope of making it to the finals for the first time in 40 plus years, Forlan is going to have to expand the geographic reach of his offensive weapons and aim his shots at the Netherlands.

The Ghanaian team showed a lot of courage, and certainly much more athleticism as they kept on playing with much more stamina and determination then the Uruguayan squad that was certainly suffering towards the end. Ghana had plenty of chances to change the face of this tournament. But kept missing their best chances.

Now Uruguay will have to face the Netherlands in the semis. As of press time, the favorite on the daily World Cup Odds is Netherlands at ML-175. The Draw sits at ML+265 while the Uruguayan upset comes back with Ml+500.

Stephen Lars has been a prominent writer on regular 2010 South Africa World Cup news, sports news and the sportsbetting industry for many exceptional sports web sites. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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