Both Uruguay and Ghana fail to go to the next round on Friday, all this happened after South Korea beat Portugal 2-1 in the group’s other game.
Coming into the last game, Ghana was had the most of chances but lost 2-0 against Uruguay courtesy of a Giorgian de Arrascaeta brace, a scoreline that squandered all their chances.
This left the second spot up for grabs with South Korea and Uruguay up for the task having drawn their game earlier in the group stage.
This reminded the Ghana fans when Uruguay’s Luis Suarez famously clawed the ball off the line in extra time at the 2010 World Cup to stop Ghana from scoring a last-gasp winner.
The relation this time round with that incident was that Asamoah Gyan missed a penalty just like Andre Ayew did this time round missing a 21st minute penalty, putting in the hands of Uruguayan keeper Sergio Rochet.
It all came from a penalty was awarded after a trip by the goal keeper Mohammed Kudus, a player who was Ghana’s best player during the match.
Despite the boos directed to Luiz Suarez by Ghana fans during the warm-up, he claimed two assists shortly after. De Arrascaeta headed the ball over the line from close range after a shot from Suarez in the 26th minute and doubled Portugal’s lead with a superb volley six minutes later.
Uruguay later had a penalty claim turned down by VAR after Darwin Nunez tangled with Daniel Amartey in the box. La Celeste continued to dominate the game with Facundo Pellistri missing a good chance in the 65th minute.
In the final stages, news of South Korea’s lead through Hwang Hee-Chan had reached Uruguay’s bench something that lured Suarez who had been taken off into tears.
As the final whistle blew, both teams looked deflated as they realised that South Korea had beaten Portugal 2-1 and both of those teams would progress to the elimination rounds over Uruguay on goal difference.
After the game, Uruguayan players surrounded the German referee Daniel Sibert, protesting about the Edinson Cavani penalty appeal that had been turned down.
This is Africa’s second team to bow out of the tournament after Tunisia but two of the teams have already booked their place in the Round of 16 in Senegal and Morocco.