There were many factors, including luck and referees, prevented African football from going deep at the World Cup.
Ghana team 10 years ago was one of the most powerful and promising African teams in history. At the first World Cup held in Africa, they excelled through the group stage after defeating Serbia, holding Australia and losing only the minimum score of 0-1 before the German giants.
Ghana rushed to obstruct the US to advance to the quarterfinals of high and low with Uruguay. If you win Uruguay, Ghana will become the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals.
“Black stars” played a great game and deserved to win. African representatives opened the score 45 + 2 minutes thanks to an incredible long shot from Sulley Muntari. Just 10 minutes after the second half started, Diego Forlan equalized for Uruguay with an unstoppable free kick. The two teams take each other into extra time.
The episode that causes the most heart attack takes place at the end of the second extra period. Mixed confusion in the Uruguay goal provides a golden opportunity for Ghana to finish the opponent.
The first header, Stephen Appiah, was stopped by Suarez right in front of the goal line, the ball bounced off, Dominic Adiyiah headed a header, the ball was beyond the reach of goalkeeper Muslera, quenching all efforts of 10 Uruguay players.
You are not mistaken, the entire Uruguay team is exactly 1 person not defeated by the header. And that person continues to be Luis Suarez. Add a melancholy save but this time not by the body but by hand. The referee immediately showed Suarez a red card and gave Ghana a penalty.
As he was walking into the tunnel, Suarez jumped happily. He saw the Ghana captain take a penalty on the crossbar.
The match must drag to the penalty shootout. Those with better sentiments have won. Ghana collapsed and could only complain about himself.