Ghana vs Uruguay – Andre Ayew sees penalty saved in a repeat of 2010

Ghana 0-2 Uruguay LIVE: Is Uruguay heartbreak coming for Ghana AGAIN?! Arch-enemy Luis Suarez has a hand in BOTH goals for Giorgian de Arrascaeta, after Andre Ayew’s horror penalty miss

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36: Oof. Rodrigo Bentancur is injured and comes off for Matias Vecino. Jose Gimenez then hurt as Kudus, the best player for Ghana, smashes a powerful shot into his midriff.

Ghana’s Jordan Ayew then wastes the two corners, hitting the first man. Got to put it into the right area.


Here are the goals

Giorgian de Arrascaeta is at the double! 🔥

Uruguay are well on their way to breaking Ghanaian hearts once again! #GHA 0-2 #URU

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Uruguay take the lead just minutes after Ghana's penalty miss!

Giorgian de Arrascaeta bundles in after Luis Suarez saw his effort saved!#GHA 0-1 #URU

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31: I don’t believe it! They have another! There is no footballing God!

De Arrascaeta with it again. Pellistri flicked it up to Nunez, nodded on to Suarez, looped up to De Arrascaeta on the left side of the box. With the ball dropping from the sky, he showed brilliant technique to volley it past Ati-Zigi.

Ghana are stunned, and with South Korea equalising against Portugal too, are in deep, deep, trouble. A 2-2 draw will currently be enough but it’s a long way back.


Nunez stamp

How was this not looked at as a possible red?

That Darwin Nunez stamp ahead of Ghana's penalty 😳#BBCWorldCup #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/UkTnjNoL9n


Suarez protests

Luis Suarez wasn't happy after VAR awarded a penalty for Sergio Rochet's challenge on Mohammed Kudus 😅 pic.twitter.com/mIXx02K4FG


Ayew’s saved penalty

History repeats itself! 🤯

Andre Ayew steps up – and #GHA miss ANOTHER World Cup penalty against #URU

DRAMA! 😱

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25: No! Ghana punished instantly and Uruguay are ahead!

They get in down the right, cross it in but TWO Ghana defenders miss it. Luis Suarez chests it down, and shoots.

Lawrence Ati-Zigi could only palm it out and Giorgian De Arrascaeta nodded in from a yard out. Couldn’t miss.


21: Of course, Uruguay players were absolutely awful in the build-up to the penalty. Screaming abuse at the ref and other officials, starting fights with Ghana players – Darwin Nunez was booked – kicking and scuffing the penalty spot, trying to distract Andre Ayew by shouting things at him. 

Feel so sorry for Ayew, with the weight of history on his shoulders.


19: Oh my God! Ayew sees it saved! He took ages after the whistle, waiting to try to compose himself.

After a stuttering run-up, he then went low to the goalkeeper’s left but Rochet guessed correctly and palmed it away.


18: Luis Suarez leads the protests but it’s given! It’s a penalty! Andre Ayew to take it…


15: Brilliant play from Ghana! And now they could have a penalty… VAR is checking it!

Kudus with a lovely turn and bursts forward, he finds Jordan Ayew on the left. Ayew cuts inside and shoots, it’s pushed away by Rochet, who then catches Kudus on the rebound.

The ref initially gave offside for Andre Ayew, given Jordan’s shot hit him on the way through, but it wasn’t offside.

VAR ruled it wasn’t offside, meaning they were then checking if Rochet fouled Kudus, and they ruled he did!


12: Close! Darwin Nunez nearly had a one on one there! Suarez flicked it on, Nunez raced down the middle towards goal, but Ghana recovered well, with Alidu Seidu eventually getting a tackle in to push the ball away from goal.


GOAL elsewhere in Group H!

Portugal’s Ricardo Horta with it! That’s good news for both Ghana AND Uruguay. If Portugal end up winning, a draw will be enough for Ghana to progress. But if Uruguay and Portugal win, Uruguay go through.

All up for grabs…



7: Averted! Rather than put it into the box, which got them several goals against South Korea, Ghana play it short before crossing and Guillermo Varela wins a soft free-kick.

At the other end, Facundo Pellistri of Manchester United bursts forward swiftly, gets to the byline and lays it back into a great area… but there’s no one there.

News from the other Group H game now!


4: Darwin Nunez then goes down theatrically in a heap wanting a foul. Again, minimal contact. Sensing a theme here?

Luis Suarez is also booed on his first touch by nearly the entire stadium. Jordan Ayew then drives Ghana up the pitch, before Mohammed Kudus wins a free kick.

Danger…


1: Jose Gimenez rolls over between seven and eight times, rolling around, falling over, getting up again, falling back down in apparent agony. Threw in a forward roll too I think. 

Replays show next to no contact. What an absolute embarrassment. Can expect plenty more of this, I reckon, unfortunately.


HERE WE GO! Can Ghana take revenge today? Let’s find out…

Of course, Luis Suarez takes the kick-off and the first touch of the match.




Who’ll go through? Here are the odds…

The anthems are going on…

🧮 – Chance of reaching World Cup Last-16 from Group H

4⃣8⃣% 🇺🇾Uruguay (Gracenote world ranked 1⃣3⃣)
4⃣0⃣% 🇬🇭Ghana (5⃣0⃣)
1⃣1⃣% 🇰🇷Korea Republic (2⃣6⃣)

Chance of winning Group H
9⃣8⃣.5⃣% 🇵🇹Portugal
1⃣.5⃣% 🇬🇭Ghana#WorldCup2022 #POR #URU #GHA #KOR #GHAURU #KORPOR


Ghana vibes

Ghana vibes vs Uruguay vibes. No comparison, is there. Almost all neutrals with the Black Stars. Myself included? Couldn’t possibly comment.

As always, #GHA are bringing the vibeeessss! 😁

They've arrived in party spirit ahead of their clash with #URU#BBCWorldCup #BBCFootball pic.twitter.com/W7T7q1g63Q


Uruguay vibes

Apologise? Nope 😳

Luis Suarez starts as Uruguay take on Ghana 👀 #BBCWorldCup #BBCFootball


Uruguay are yet to score at the tournament so far, after a 0-0 draw with South Korea and a 2-0 loss against Portugal.

They need to score today to go through. Part of the reason Luis Suarez is back in up front today. You could say they’ve been toothless so far up top – in a manner of speaking of course, given Suarez’ penchant for sinking his massive gnashers into people.


You can see how people are annoyed about this, can’t you. Hard to accept Uruguay’s ‘forget about it and move on’ message when they’re acting like this…

Whatever happens today, Luis Suarez will be front and centre to the action.











4,536 days later…

And those feelings of being cheated have been simmering for 4,536 days. Today the wait for revenge is over.

Suarez’ appearance at the press conference was itself deliberately provocative. They knew the history and chose to put him there, knowing the questions he would be asked and that it would seem like he was rubbing it in their faces.

It’s looking lively outside the Al Janoub Stadium!

Current scenes outside the Al Janoub stadium!!! pic.twitter.com/ROiKGYadMm


‘I don’t apologise for it. I apologise if I injure a player but I took a red card for the handball. It wasn’t my fault because I didn’t miss the penalty.’

Many find that hard to swallow, given who it comes from. Not only has Suarez injured many players in his career, biting opponents on three separate occasions, he has also racially abused Patrice Evra.

And yes, while he didn’t directly affect Gyan’s missed penalty, he was only forced to take it because of Suarez’ cheating.

The Uruguay boss has also been weirdly defensive about it, apparently surprised at being asked about it as if his country wouldn’t harbour resentments if the same thing had happened to them. 

Basically, the atmosphere is bubbling away very nicely. And with Suarez starting up front and captaining Uruguay, you can expect a couple of meaty challenges on him.


Ghanaian sports broadcaster Juliet Bawuah said: ‘I’m yet to meet a Ghanaian football fan who is willing to forgive Suarez for that travesty of football justice.

‘A lot of people think if the Black Stars had beaten Uruguay they would’ve gone to win that World Cup and given Africans something to hold on to for years.

‘Any time Suarez was playing for Liverpool, if anything happened to him like an injury, he gets a yellow card, he gets sent off, he gets punished by the FA, then people were happy. No-one wants to hear his name.’

Luckily Suarez hasn’t been antagonistic at all since the incident…


‘When the draw was made and they saw Uruguay in Ghana’s group, the only thing in people’s mind was revenge. Ghana wants revenge, it is motivation.

‘People all over the world know what happened. It is behind me, but I’m human and it’s in the back of my mind.

‘We have South Korea, Portugal and Uruguay – and the most important game for Ghana is against Uruguay. It is in the back of everybody’s mind, going for revenge, revenge, revenge.

‘Our goal is to qualify for the next stage of the competition. If we are going to think Uruguay, Uruguay, Uruguay it is going to be a mistake. We have to qualify, that’s the most important thing.’


Back then in 2010, Asamoah Gyan stood over the penalty. Striker, talisman, set-piece taker, top scorer ever in the country’s history. Gyan had already scored several penalties at the tournament, nervelessly.

But he smashed his penalty off the bar. Ghanaian hearts, African hearts broken. Suarez, watching from the touchline, then raced off down the touchline screaming and shouting in obvious glee.

I think most wouldn’t begrudge him being happy about the miss. All other Uruguayans were too. But for many, people felt his over-the-top celebrations were rubbing it in. 

Like in the same way some players can be deliberately antagonistic to opposing fans after scoring a goal, whereas some just celebrate with their team-mates.

Anyway, the match went to penalties. Gyan, to his credit, recovered to score his, but the Black Stars lost 4-2 on penalties and did not become the first ever African side to reach the World Cup semi-finals. That hurt, that pain, still lingers. Ask anyone…








A couple of changes to my expected team. It is a 4-3-3 but Sebastian Coates continues at centre back, not veteran Diego Godin. Giorgian De Arrascaeta does come in, but it’s for Matias Vecino in midfield, alongside Bentancur and Valverde.

Up top, Pellistri comes in on the right, with Nunez on the left and Luis Suarez captaining the side through the middle.

Uruguay XI: Rochet; Varela, Coates, Gimenez, Olivera; Valverde, Bentancur, De Arrascaeta; Pellistri, Suarez, Nunez.


So, as expected, it’s a 4-2-3-1 system and all the same as my predicted team below, apart from the full-backs being swapped. In come Baba Rahman for Gideon Mensah at left-back and Alidu Seidu for Tariq Lamptey at right-back.

Ghana XI: Ati-Zigi; Seidu, Amartey, Salisu, Baba; Partey, Abdul Samed; J. Ayew, A. Ayew, Kudus; Williams.


TEAM NEWS: Uruguay

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TEAM NEWS: Ghana

𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 ! 🚨🇬🇭

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With Dominic Adiyiah’s header past the goalkeeper and bulleting towards goal, the two Uruguay players on the line took action to try to keep it out. One missed. Suarez didn’t.

The striker palmed it out with both hands. As ever, there was the pathetic and shameless denials, the wagging fingers at the referee, the pretending nothing had happened from Suarez and Uruguay players. But the referee didn’t buy their lies.

Suarez was rightly and deservedly sent off, and a penalty awarded. What happened next was similarly dramatic.

BUT FIRST – the team news is out…




Let’s set the scene again. The 2010 World Cup, 12 years ago now. Hosted by South Africa. Uruguay against Ghana in the quarter-final.

Sulley Muntari scored for Ghana, Diego Forlan equalised for Uruguay. 1-1 at full-time, into extra time. Then, in the last minute of extra time, with penalties seconds away…


You know the one. 

But if you don’t, pull up a chair. Let me tell you about it.


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There is only one previous occasion when the two sides have met: a now-infamous clash on July 2, 2010, at the World Cup that year. 

Sulley Muntari put Ghana ahead on the cusp of half-time, before Diego Forlan equalised just before the hour mark. Deep into extra time and with the clock ticking towards penalties, Dominic Adiyiah headed towards goal…

Before Uruguay’s Luis Suarez palmed it out desperately on the line. A penalty and red card were given but Asamoah Gyan missed the spot-kick and the match went to penalties. Gyan scored his kick in the shoot-out but Ghana ended up losing.

The Black Stars understandably felt robbed by Suarez’ act of cheating, denying them the chance to be the first ever African side to reach a World Cup semi-final. They have not met since. Expect fireworks…


This is more up in the air. Sergio Rochet will line up in goal, with Mathias Olivera on the left side of defence and Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez at centre half and an all-star midfield trio of Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde and Matias Vecino.

Darwin Nunez will probably play up front. But the other slots are up for grabs.

After the 0-0 draw with South Korea, Uruguay added Sebastian Coates at centre back in a back five, replaced Martin Caceres with Guillermo Varela on the right side of defence and put Edinson Cavani in attack, with Luis Suarez and Facundo Pellistri dropping out.

They lost that game against Portugal 2-0. So more changes could be incoming.

Expected XI (4-3-3): Rochet; Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Olivera; De Arrascaeta, Vecino, Bentancur; Valverde, Cavani, Nunez.


Ati-Zigi will continue in goal. At full-back, Alidu Seidu (right) and Baba Rahman (left) began the tournament as first-choice full-backs but were replaced by Tariq Lamptey and Gideon Mensah in their second game.

Daniel Amartey and Mohammed Salisu will play at centre back, Arsenal’s Thomas Partey and Lens’ Salis Abdul Samed in central midfield.

Talisman Andre Ayew, Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams and one of the stars of the World Cup in Mohammed Kudus are likely to play in attack.

With a draw likely to send Ghana through, boss Otto Addo might play a back five with Alexander Djiku also at centre back and Ayew, Williams and Kudus in a front three.

However, if they keep the same system as the South Korea win – a back four, with Kudus, Ayew and Andre’s brother Jordan among a trio of attacking midfielders behind Williams.

Expected XI (4-2-3-1): Ati-Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Mensah; Partey, Abdul Samed; J. Ayew, A. Ayew, Kudus; Williams.


Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Sergio Rochet (Nacional), Sebastian Sosa (Independiente).

Defenders: Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Diego Godin (Velez Sarsfield), Martin Caceres (LA Galaxy), Ronald Araujo (Barcelona), Guillermo Varela (Flamengo), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Nacional), Mathias Olivera (Napoli), Matias Vina (Roma).

Midfielders: Lucas Torreira (Galatasaray), Manuel Ugarte (Sporting CP), Matias Vecino (Lazio), Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham Hotspur), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Facundo Pellistri (Manchester United), Nicolas De La Cruz (River Plate).

Forwards: Agustin Canobbio (Athletico Paranaense), Facundo Torres (Orlando City), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Flamengo), Maxi Gomez (Trabzonspor), Luis Suarez (Nacional), Edinson Cavani (Valencia), Darwin Nunez (Liverpool).


Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen), Ibrahim Danlad (Asante Kotoko), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen).

Defenders: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Baba Rahman (Reading), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Gideon Mensah (AJ Auxerre), Denis Odoi (Club Brugge), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot).

Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Al Sadd), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (SC Freiburg), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Salis Abdul Samed (Racing Lens).

Forwards: Daniel Afriyie (Hearts of Oak), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Sporting Lisbon), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Kamal Sowah (Club Brugge), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao).


The game between Ghana and Uruguay will be aired live on BBC One for UK viewers. If you are looking to stream the game, you need to head to BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport website. The game will be free to watch for all UK viewers with a TV License. 

Meanwhile, the following stations will be airing the game for American viewers: Foxsports.com, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Peacock, UNIVERSO NOW, UFORIA App, Futbol de Primera Radio, SiriusXM FC, Sling, Fox Sports 1, FOX Sports App, UNIVERSO.

Australian viewers can tune into the game via SBS, who will be televising every match during the 2022 World Cup, on SBS Viceland. SBS On Demand will also stream the Ghana vs Uruguay fixture for those on the move.  

If you’re unable to watch the game live, you can relive the action via the FIFA YouTube Channel (Worldwide). The official YouTube channel will be posting highlight reels after each game. 


The match takes place on Friday, December 2. It will kick off at 3pm UK time, 10am US time and 2am on Saturday morning Australia time.

The Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, Qatar, will play host to the match. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, it has a capacity of 40,000 and lies around 20kilometres south of capital city Doha.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s side can only be caught by Ghana in the race for top spot. Portugal would need to lose to South Korea, with Ghana beating Uruguay and overturning a three goal-deficit in terms of goal difference for that to happen. 

Ghana, meanwhile, need a victory to guarantee a spot in the knockouts. A draw could be enough, but only if South Korea don’t beat Portugal – and do so by two goals. 

South Korea need a win if they are to progress. If Ghana and Uruguay draw, they will need to win by two goals or more to leapfrog Ghana into second place. And if Uruguay win, they will need to ensure their goal difference remains better. If they end up with a shared goal difference, South Korea would progress on goals scored. 

As for Uruguay, again they can only progress with a win. They would have to hope South Korea don’t beat Portugal. And, as stated, if both sides win, Uruguay simply need to win by two goals more than South Korea. 

Got all that?!


Here’s the Group H table. Will bring you the permutations shortly…



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Of course, one of the reasons there’s so much riding on this game is the context.

At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Uruguay knocked Ghana out in the quarter-finals. But there was so much more to it than that…

Don’t worry. Today, in this live blog, I’ll bring you all the updates, info and team news you need up to and including the match – don’t go anywhere!


So, the game is at 3pm GMT for English fans, both sides’ final Group H match at the Qatar World Cup.

First-placed Portugal have already qualified, but all the other three teams – Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea, have a chance of joining them. Portugal face South Korea in the other group game, also at 3pm.

It all comes down to today!


This afternoon: Ghana vs Uruguay, a match soaked in narrative and the chance to win a spot in the World Cup last 16.

It promises to be a dramatic one.

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