Thu. Feb 2nd, 2023

Luis Suarez famously handled the ball during Uruguay’s World Cup quarter-final against Ghana in 2010 and the two nations are set to meet again at this year’s tournament

Uruguay will face Ghana at this year’s World Cup in the first meeting between the two countries since Luis Suarez’s controversial handball in 2010.

In the 120th minute of the World Cup quarter-final clash between Ghana and Uruguay in 2010, Suarez – then of Ajax – used his hands to stop a certain goal. The score was level at 1-1 and the goal would have all but guaranteed Ghana’s place in the semi-finals.

The referee noticed Suarez’s offence and sent him off, yet Asamoah Gyan failed to score the resulting penalty. Uruguay then won the shootout in Johannesburg before losing to eventual runners-up Netherlands in the last four. Spain went on to win the tournament.

Ghana would’ve become the first African team in history to reach the semi-finals of the competition if they’d have won. It’s also important to note the tournament was staged in South Africa, the first and only time Africa have hosted a World Cup.

Uruguay and Ghana managed to avoid each other in football since that fateful day, but they will meet again in Qatar on December 2. Suarez, now 35, is expected to be part of his nation’s squad for the tournament – his fourth World Cup finals.

Source: Mirror Sports

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