Ghana's No. 1

Uruguay beat Ghana but both teams knocked out

Published on: 02 December 2022

Giorgio de Arrascaeta has now scored 12 goals for Uruguay

Uruguay beat Ghana but went out of the World Cup on goals scored as they finished third behind South Korea in Group H, despite Luiz Suarez's heroics.

The Uruguay striker played a major role in both of Uruguay's goals and the 35-year-old was in tears after the final whistle, following what may have been his last international.

Both goals were scored by Giorgio de Arrascaeta, the first a close-range header, the second a sublime volley.

In Group H's other game, South Korea's 2-1 victory over group winners Portugal was enough to take them through in second place.

Uruguay and South Korea both ended with a zero goal difference, but the side from Asia netted a total of four goals in their three games, with the South American team scoring just the two they managed against Ghana.

Suarez, whose handball in their previous meeting 12 years ago played a crucial role in sending his side through on that occasion, saw his shot fall into his De Arrascaeta's path for the opener, before the veteran former Liverpool striker followed it up with a glorious assist for the second.

There had been early penalty drama when Ghana striker Andre Ayew saw his spot-kick saved by Sergio Rochet at 0-0. The penalty was awarded by the referee after reviewing the goalkeeper's foul on Mohammed Kudus on the pitchside monitor.

Agony for Uruguay

One word was circulating in the build-up to this game - "revenge".

Ghana came into the grudge match with hopes of avenging the defeat from 2010, when Suarez handled the ball on the line and was sent off, before wildly celebrating Asamoah Gyan's miss from the resulting penalty.

Ghana lost the shootout that followed, and there was plenty of drama this time round too.

At 2-0 up, Uruguay thought they were progressing to the last 16, but news filtered through of South Korea's comeback against Portugal.

Suarez, who was subbed off on 65 minutes for Edinson Cavani, sat on the bench in disbelief as he was made aware of the final result in the other game.

At full-time, the emotional striker was consoled on the pitch by captain Diogo Godin - both veterans might have been seen in a Uruguay shirt for the last time.

Ghana should have taken the lead, but like Gyan in 2010, Andre Ayew failed to convert and it proved extremely costly.

Otto Addo's men needed some inspiration in the second period but were unable to find a way through an obdurate Uruguayan defence as Kudus saw a low drive tipped wide by Rochet late on.

Uruguay had scored twice before the break and with time running out they pushed for the winner, but Federico Valverde's effort was palmed away by Lawrence Ati-Zigi, who also made a stunning stop to keep out Cavani's header.

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Player of the match

KudusMohammed Kudus

with an average of 7.43


GhanaAvgSquad number20Player nameKudusAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameParteyAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameAmarteyAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameSalisuAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameWilliamsAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameBabaAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameAbdul SamedAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameAti-ZigiAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameSulemanaAverage rating


Squad number25Player nameSemenyoAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameBukariAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameFatawuAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameJ AyewAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameKyerehAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameA AyewAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameSeiduAverage rating


UruguayAvgSquad number10Player namede ArrascaetaAverage rating


Squad number23Player nameRochetAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameBentancurAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameNúñezAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameValverdeAverage rating


Squad number8Player namePellistriAverage rating


Squad number24Player nameCanobbioAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameVarelaAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameVecinoAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameOliveraAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameGiménezAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameGómezAverage rating


Squad number7Player namede la CruzAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameCavaniAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameCoatesAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameSuárezAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-2-3-1

1Ati-Zigi26Seidu18Amartey4Salisu17Baba5Partey21Abdul Samed19Williams10A Ayew9J Ayew20Kudus

    1Ati-Zigi26SeiduBooked at 90mins18Amartey4Salisu17Baba5Partey21Abdul SamedSubstituted forKyerehat 72'minutes19WilliamsSubstituted forSemenyoat 72'minutes10A AyewSubstituted forBukariat 45'minutes9J AyewSubstituted forSulemanaat 45'minutesBooked at 86mins20KudusSubstituted forFatawuat 90+8'minutes




Formation 4-4-2

23Rochet13Varela2Giménez19Coates16Olivera8Pellistri15Valverde6Bentancur10de Arrascaeta9Suárez11Núñez

    23Rochet13Varela2GiménezBooked at 90mins19CoatesBooked at 87mins16Olivera8PellistriSubstituted forde la Cruzat 66'minutes15Valverde6BentancurSubstituted forVecinoat 34'minutes10de ArrascaetaSubstituted forCanobbioat 80'minutes9SuárezBooked at 60minsSubstituted forCavaniat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins11NúñezBooked at 19minsSubstituted forGómezat 80'minutes


    1Muslera3Godín5Vecino7de la Cruz12Sosa14Torreira17Viña18Gómez20Torres21Cavani22Cáceres24Canobbio25Ugarte26Rodríguez

Referee:Daniel SiebertAttendance:43,443Match StatsHome TeamGhanaAway TeamUruguayPossessionHome51%Away49%ShotsHome10Away12Shots on TargetHome4Away7CornersHome5Away2FoulsHome18Away11Live Text Post update

Match ends, Ghana 0, Uruguay 2.


José Giménez (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card.


Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) is shown the yellow card.

90'+10'Full Time

Second Half ends, Ghana 0, Uruguay 2.

90'+10'Post update

Attempt saved. Nicolás de la Cruz (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.


Alidu Seidu (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90'+9'Post update

Maximiliano Gómez (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+9'Post update

Foul by Alidu Seidu (Ghana).


Substitution, Ghana. Issahaku Fatawu replaces Mohammed Kudus.

90'+7'Post update

Attempt missed. Sebastián Coates (Uruguay) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.

90'+6'Post update

Attempt saved. Kamaldeen Sulemana (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Osman Bukari.

90'+5'Post update

Corner, Uruguay. Conceded by Lawrence Ati-Zigi.

90'+5'Post update

Attempt saved. Maximiliano Gómez (Uruguay) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.

90'+5'Post update

Attempt blocked. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Abdul Rahman Baba with a cross.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Abdul Rahman Baba (Ghana).

90'+3'Post update

Agustín Canobbio (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+2'Post update

Offside, Ghana. Mohammed Kudus tries a through ball, but Antoine Semenyo is caught offside.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Thomas Partey (Ghana).

90'+2'Post update

Nicolás de la Cruz (Uruguay) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89'Post update

Offside, Uruguay. Nicolás de la Cruz tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.

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