OTD in 2010: Uruguay break African hearts

OTD in 2010: Uruguay break African hearts
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan

by Bertin Basson

Thursday Jul 02, 2020. 11:00

On this day 10 years ago, Uruguay broke African hearts at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In the dying minutes of extra-time in their quarterfinal showdown against Ghana, Luis Suarez palmed Dominic Adiyiah’s goal-bound header away from the comfort of the net like a pro volleyball player.

With the game locked at 1-1 following brilliant goals from Sulley Muntari and Diego Forlan in regulation time, the Black Stars were literally handed a chance to settle matters and become the first ever African nation to book their place in the final four of the world showpiece. The perfect fairy tale considering this was the first ever World Cup hosted on African soil.

Suarez’s despicable actions left referee Olegário Benquerença with little choice but to send the now Barcelona forward for an earlyish shower and award the Black Stars a penalty kick.

Up step Asamoah Gyan – a moment in history awaits. But no! The Ghaniana thumped his attempt onto the woodwork and as the Jabulani ball bounced up into the cold Johannesburg sky at Soccer City, Suarez was seen celebrating on the touchline before eventually making his way to the changing rooms.

Clearly deflated by what transpired just moments earlier, Ghana would stutter and Uruguay would win the ensuing shoot-out 4-2 before eventually losing to the Netherlands and then Germany to end the tournament in fourth spot.

What could’ve been for Africa. Relive all the drama, here (or don’t, we won’t blame you):

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