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Ghana vs Uruguay. FIFA World Cup Group H.

Al Janoub StadiumAttendance43,443.

Ghana 0

    Uruguay 2

    • G de Arrascaeta (26th minute, 32nd minute)

    World Cup 2022 - Ghana 0-2 Uruguay: Giorgian de Arrascaeta scores twice but Uruguay denied last-16 spot on goals scored

    Match report as Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored twice in the first half for Uruguay; Andre Ayew had already missed a penalty for Ghana; Uruguay's second-half penalty appeal turned down after Daniel Amartey tackle on Darwin Nunez; Uruguay and Ghana both knocked out of World Cup

    Luis Suarez was in tears as Uruguay were knocked out of the World Cup
    Image: Luis Suarez was in tears as Uruguay were knocked out of the World Cup

    Uruguay were knocked out of the World Cup on goals scored despite beating Ghana 2-0 after South Korea's dramatic win against Portugal.

    It was all to play for heading into the final Group H matches and Uruguay thought they had done enough in the first half as Flamengo midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored twice in quick succession.

    They were the first goals Uruguay had scored in the group stages, and it proved to be pivotal to their World Cup exit.

    With just minutes to play at the Al Janoub Stadium, Uruguay remained second behind Portugal, but a late South Korea winner from Wolves' Hee-Chan Hwang against Portugal saw them depose the South Americans on goals scored - netting four to Uruguay's two.

    South Korea join Portugal in advancing

    It meant Uruguay needed just one goal to fire them into the last-16 on goal difference as eight minutes of added time was shown.

    Ghana, whose coach Otto Addo confirmed after the match he will step down from his role, could also have reached the knockout rounds with two late goals, throwing everything forward in an improved second half.

    A tearful Luis Suarez - the villain of Uruguay and Ghana's last meeting at the 2010 World Cup - urged his side forward from the bench, breaking down in tears as the full-time whistle blew in what is likely to be his last World Cup.

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    "It is sadness and disappointment that we feel," he said. "I was lucky enough to play my fourth World Cup, and I was thinking about my four-year-old son, who is leaving with the image of sadness.

    "It's difficult, but it's up to me to face the situation."

    There were angry scenes after the game as the Uruguayan players confronted referee Daniel Siebert and his officials after a late penalty appeal went unheeded, with the German swiftly heading down the tunnel.

    Meanwhile, there were jubilant scenes of celebration from South Korea - who had a lengthy wait to find out if they had done enough - as they reached the knockout rounds for the first time since 2010.

    Uruguay players surround referee Daniel Siebert at full time
    Image: Uruguay players surrounded referee Daniel Siebert at full-time

    Confirmed last-16 fixtures

    Saturday December 3
    Netherlands vs USA - Kick-off 3pm
    Argentina vs Australia - Kick-off 7pm

    Sunday December 4
    France vs Poland - Kick-off 3pm
    England vs Senegal - Kick-off 7pm

    Monday December 5
    Japan vs Croatia - Kick-off 3pm
    Brazil vs South Korea - Kick-off 7pm

    Tuesday December 6
    Morocco vs Spain - Kick-off 3pm
    Portugal vs Switzerland - Kick-off 7pm

    How Uruguay and Ghana were both knocked out

    Big moments in the game...

    • 16th min: Jordan Ayew’s shot is saved as Rochet brings down Kudus as he chases the rebound. Offside flag is up against Andre Ayew.
    • 18th min: Penalty awarded to Ghana after a lengthy VAR review. However, it is missed by Andre Ayew.
    • 23rd min: Salisu clears Nunez’s chipped effort off the line.
    • 26th min: De Arrascaeta scores Uruguay’s opener after nodding home from close range.
    • 32nd min: De Arrascaeta adds his second with a lovely volley.
    • 57th min: Uruguay penalty appeal turned down after Amartey judged to have got the ball before catching Nunez.
    • 81st min: Rochet keeps out Kudus as Ghana hunt for a goal back.
    • 87th min: South Korea go ahead against Portugal, seeing Uruguay into third.
    • 90+3 min: Cavani penalty appeal turned down with Uruguay needing a goal to go through.

    After a relatively quiet opening 15 minutes, the game burst into life as Ghana were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead. Jordan Ayew's initial shot from range was parried by Sergio Rochet, before the goalkeeper swiped at the legs of Mohammed Kudus as he came in for the rebound.

    The offside flag was up against Andre Ayew - who had been lurking in the middle of the area - but after a lengthy VAR review, the striker was found to be onside. This then saw VAR check Rochet's challenge, with Ghana eventually awarded the penalty. Andre Ayew lined up the spot kick, but after a stuttered run-up, his effort was well-saved by Rochet.

    Soon after, Mohammed Salisu was the saviour for Ghana once again with another brilliant clearance. Darwin Nunez was once again played through on goal, with Lawrence Ati-Zigi coming out to close him down. The Liverpool forward then chipped the goalkeeper, but Salisu was there to hack the ball off the line.

    However, there was no stopping De Arrascaeta as he fired Uruguay into the lead with a quickfire double. Nunez's cross found Luis Suarez at the back post, but saw his shot parried by Ati-Zigi. But the Flamengo midfielder was there to nod home from point-blank range.

    Team news

    • Ghana made two changes from their 3-2 win against South Korea. Alidu Seidu and Baba Rahman came into the XI with Tariq Lamptey and Gideon Mensah dropping to the bench.
    • Uruguay made three changes - with Ghana's old nemesis, Luis Suarez, was back in the starting XI. Giorgian de Arrascaeta and Facundo Pellistri also came in with captain Diego Godin, Matias Vecino and Edinson Cavani dropping to the bench

    It was another fine Uruguay move that saw them score a second, with Nunez and Suarez involved again. The former nodded Facundo Pellistri's cross into Suarez's path, who in turn picked out De Arrascaeta. It was a superb finish from him too as he sent a volley under the goalkeeper.

    Ghana made two half-time changes - the Ayew brothers replaced by Kamaldeen Sulemana and Osman Bukari - and they had an instant impact with the African side much improved after the break.

    Giorgian de Arrascaeta celebrates scoring his second goal
    Image: Giorgian de Arrascaeta celebrates scoring his second goal

    Just before the hour, Uruguay had a penalty appeal turned down by VAR. Daniel Amartey made a clumsy foul on Nunez as he drove into the area, with referee Siebert once again sent over to the monitor. However, he judged that Amartey had got the deftest of touches on the ball before catching Nunez, and the penalty was not given.

    The game continued apace with both sides trading blows. Sulemana's cross just evaded Bukari at the back post, before Pellestri fired wide. Federico Valverde's stunning volley from range was brilliantly saved by Ati-Zigi before Kudus lashed an effort over the bar.

    Uruguay's Giorgian de Arrascaeta scores the opening goal of the game
    Image: Uruguay's Giorgian de Arrascaeta nodded home his first goal from close range

    As the clock ticked past the 80-minute mark, Ghana had two huge chances with the African side needing goals as much as Uruguay. Antoine Semenyo send a shot just wide of the far post before Rochet made a superb save to keep out a thunderous Kudus strike.

    The news of South Korea's winner soon began to filter through, and the atmosphere notched up another level, just as Ati-Zigi made an acrobatic save to keep out Edinson Cavani.

    The striker's penalty shout in a frenetic eight minutes of added time was not reviewed by VAR - the likely cause of the angry full-time scenes - as Maximiliano Gomez, Sulemana and Sebastian Coates all missed by mere inches with both Uruguay and Ghana ultimately knocked out of the World Cup.

    What does the result mean?

    Despite the victory, Uruguay have been knocked out of the 2022 World Cup, finishing third on goals scored. Ghana finish bottom of Group H with three points.

    Portugal go through as group winners and will face runners-up of Group G, Switzerland, while South Korea will face the winners of Group G, Brazil.

    Player of the match - Giorgian de Arrascaeta

    Both of his goals were superbly taken, despite it not being enough to fire Uruguay into the last 16. Justified his inclusion from the start.

    "Without doubt, we did everything we could. We paid dear," said De Arrascaeta, who was in the starting lineup at the World Cup for the first time.

    "We are sad because we left our all in this game, we scored goals and the outcome didn't depend on us, it left us out."

    Alonso: Uruguay players 'broke their backs'

    Uruguay coach Diego Alonso said: "We wanted to score the third goal, we knew we could do it, and I think we had several chances to score the third goal.

    "For 80 minutes we were qualified, we had chances and actions in the penalty area. In the end it wasn't possible, of course the emotional side was important but we had to fight to qualify.

    "We have to analyse what happened tonight, but also the last two games. Uruguay isn't knocked out because of winning tonight.

    "We were brave, not fearful, we had possession and were able to build up and link up. I would've liked to see this from us before, but that's what happened.

    "I don't have anything to say to my players, they broke their backs and gave their best version. I don't want to use excuses, but everyone can see what happened to us in the previous match.

    "I know that my players gave it all, they did their best and today I don't think we can say anything to our players."

    Ghana boss Addo confirms he is stepping down

    Ghana's head coach Otto Addo celebrates after the World Cup group H soccer match between South Korea and Ghana, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
    Image: Ghana head coach Otto Addo confirmed his intention to step down from his role after the match

    Ghana coach Otto Addo, who had previously hinted he would not stay in the post after the World Cup, confirmed after the match that he intends to stand down to concentrate on his role with Borussia Dortmund as a talent scout.

    "I said when I started as an assistant in October last year, it was clear that I would stop after the World Cup," he said.

    "At the moment, me and my family see our future in Germany. I like my role at Dortmund, we are very happy there.

    "From the first day, I said if we qualified for the World Cup I would resign after no matter what, even if we were world champions. This is a decision for my family."

    Opta stats - Uruguay's dismal 2022 World Cup

    • Uruguay failed to advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in four editions, while it was also the first tournament in this run that the South Americans failed to win at least two games in the group stage.
    • Uruguay scored their first goal at the 2022 World Cup with what was their 24th attempt on goal, then scored their second goal with their 25th shot. Indeed, it was the first time that they had scored in the first half in their last four games at the World Cup, having previously done so in a 2-1 victory over Portugal in the Round of 16 at the 2018 edition.
    • There have been five penalty saves at the 2022 World Cup; since 1966, this is the joint-most in a single tournament along with the 2002 edition (5), excluding penalty shootouts.
    • Luis Suarez set up Giorgian de Arrascaeta's second goal in this match, becoming the oldest player to assist a World Cup goal (35y 312d) since Brazil's Cafu in 2006 (36y 020d, also versus Ghana).
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