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Friday, July 02, 2010

Uruguay 1-1 Ghana (4-2 after penalties)

The Line-Ups:

Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 2-Diego Lugano, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 4-Jorge Fucile, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 15-Diego Perez, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 20-Alvaro Fernandez, 9-Luis Suarez, 10-Diego Forlan.

Ghana: 22-Richard Kingson; 4-John Pantsil, 5-John Mensah, 15-Isaac Vorsah, 2-Hans Sarpei; 6-Anthony Annan, 23-Kevin-Prince Boateng, 7-Samuel Inkoom, 11-Sulley Muntari; 21-Kwadwo Asamoah, 3-Asamoah Gyan

Uruguay Analysis – SWOT:


Oscar Tabaréz plays on a 4-3-3 but as he is a versatile coach tends to change formation depending on opponents’ approach, so easily you can see him changing to a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 formations.


Strength – Diego Forlán & Luis Suarez, the biggest duo threat of this nation with 3 goal a piece in this tournament so far. Hot-blooded, humbleness and Garra Charrúa brought into their essence since the 50s. Uruguay have not lost their last six encounters in World Cup competition and in four of those matches they have not conceded any goal.

Weaknesses – They are a “do or die” team. If they play a direct football ordered by Tabarez, then they might take advantage of their prolific attack, otherwise they can turn into an ordinary team.

Opportunities –They have never lost in any of the last nine matches when they were leading at half-time. Brazil was pictured like this and still they lost against Netherlands, is this a South American spell in Africa? Forlan seems to have a pedigree of scoring against African nations meaning that he got his last three goals facing African teams.

Threats – They create a lot of chances, but often they waste it.

Ghana Analysis – SWOT:


Milovan Rajevac like to play in a packed midfield formation of 4-5-1.


Strength – Their stamina, strength, pace and work-rate levels are second to none. Rajeva’c enforced a defensive mentality to a nation that was much more often playing on freedom and attacking bias and he got results out of it strengthen Ghana’s and make them much more cohesive.

Weaknesses – His top midfielders lack fitness. Appiah has not been solid with a team since 2008 even though he keeps doing his thing with the national team

Ghana’s lack of decent strikers will make the midfielders work harder than they already do.

Opportunities – If they can beat the odds and history their can turn their last defeats into a power drive winning matches. If they press high up in the South American’s midfield there will be opportunity to take something out of that game enough to advance to the semi-finals.

Threats – African nations are known for their fighting spirit, strength, pace and attacking strategies, but still look very primitive when it goes down to defense.

Winner of this match will face Netherlands on the Semi-Final on Tuesday the 6th of July.

Ghana has 4 goals scored and 3 conceded so far in this World Cup while their opponents Uruguay have 6 goals scored and 1 conceded meaning they are a though side defensively.

In the first 25 minutes we finally have a brilliant chance of goal in this match. A glimpse of what Suarez might do in this match and for some reason he has 55 goals in 61 appearances in this season for both club and country.

In the last 20 minutes of the first half it was Ghana climbing up the charts improving their game and on the top of it they got three or four very good chances increasing the pressure on Uruguay to step up their game.

And African souls come into rupture with a long, long range strike from infamous Muntari that with the help of Jabulani curls it in from distance. The player that was sent home after going against the options of the national coach has had “therapy” from experienced fellow mate Appiah and got back on terms with the national team just to make the difference in this match. In the last gasp of the first half Muntari makes Uruguay 0-1 Ghana.

The beginning of second halves of each quarter final matches has been thriving. It was the very first direct free kick scored in this World Cup without deflections. Diego Forlan stroke perfectly to keep history going his way and so far he has been the Man of the Tournament. 4 goals in 5 matches tell it all.

In the 70th minute it was almost another goal for Suarez but Kingston this time made it right.

Suarez is sent off for handballing in the last minute of the extra-time and goes off shredded in tears. And are you able to guess what happened in the penalty-kick taken by Asamoah Gyan? He misses it!!!! Strikes against the bar and so the game goes to penalties.

The most emotional match with no room left for flatline.

Ghana 1st – A. Gyan scores Uruguay 1st – Forlan scores;

Ghana 2nd- Appiah scores Uruguay 2nd – Victorino scores;

Ghana 3rd- Mensah misses it Uruguay 3rd – Scotti scores;

Ghana 4th- Adiyiah misses it Uruguay 4th – M. Pereira misses it;

Uruguay 5th – Abreu clinically takes it;

What a finish by Abreu…and that is why Abreu is called “el Loco”.


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