Uruguay vs Ghana
July 3, 2010 by staff
Uruguay vs Ghana — ESPN – WHAT on the line, A spot in the semifinals, which is sufficient to satisfy the most pregnant Ghana and Uruguay fan expectations. Uruguay, but once considered a heavyweight in the World Cup, had not even reached the quarterfinals since 1970, a race in the semifinals put the icing on the cake of a season already a huge success . Ghana, meanwhile, hopes of an entire nation behind him as he tries to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the history of the competition.
It is likely that none of these teams were really on to reach the quarter-finals, if the approach of the possibility of an arrival in the semifinal with nothing to lose. But much is on the line for two nations very proud – Uruguayan Football Association with its long history and rich history and Ghana at the time of writing the history of sport in Africa.
STYLE AND TACTICS
Ghana’s main concern going into the knockout stages should have been the distinct lack of squad offensive production – through three games in the group stage, Ghana has scored two goals, and both came out firing in goal. The team was much more open against the United States, when Asamoah Gyan scored one of the most impressive goals of the tournament and star striker Kevin-Prince Boateng also scored. But Boateng Gyan and have been struggling with injuries in the week since round 16 Matchup - though both strikers are in good shape will have a huge impact on the way Ghana is playing the match against Uruguay.
Diego Forlan has been much the favorite to light the scene of Uruguay this World Cup, and no doubt he has impressed with two goals in South Africa. But the man who Uruguay in round 16 last week was Luis Suarez, the striker Forlan partner and newcomer 23-year Cup. Together, they form a threat to attack the most powerful left in the tournament, and they will probably seek to do considerable damage over the defense of Ghana.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Richard Kingson, Ghana. Ghana goalkeeper was very impressive against the United States, where he seemed to shake in position for each ball that came towards his goal. He will need to be as strong against Uruguay, which has third offensive much stronger than the Americans. ” If he can put in another impressive performance, he could keep Ghana in the game long enough to score goals.
Asamoah Gyan, Ghana. Gyan’s goal against the United States was one of the best in the tournament this year – an off-balance, left-footed strike that was placed perfectly into the bottom corner of the goal. The Black Stars will need more of that magic against Uruguay and if Gyan has not fully recovered from his injury later on Friday, could struggle for offense.
Diego Lugano, Uruguay. The Uruguayan captain looked strong in matches of the squad in South Africa, but it was beaten hands down on the goal of South Korea in the round of 16 – the highest score for Uruguay given in this World Cup. His lack of pace has been more against the South Koreans that he was in the group stage, and exceptional speed of Ghana midfielder and attack will be a huge test for Lugano.
Luis Suarez, Uruguay. In his first World Cup, Suarez has excelled, and his second goal against South Korea was another in the race of the tournament. When a partnership with Forlan up, it is deadly – and opponents will of man-mark their own risk, with Forlan ready and waiting to get a lucky bounce or cross pass.
What Lies Ahead
We should be in an entertaining, an open game. Uruguay enjoys playing attacking football, and Ghana showed the U.S. just how his players can score twice on the counter in the round of 16 Matchup. Both teams will attempt to retain possession of the attacking half, which will allow many opportunities on goal and some excellent teamwork around the box.
That said, neither team will want to lose. It would not be surprising to see the game started cautiously, like Ghana and Uruguay each try to feel each other. Players from both teams put their heart and soul into this game, and there will be some nerves coming out.
Both teams are desperate to win this game. Uruguay is still a proud World Cup history, but has not reached a semifinal since 1970, so the 2010 campaign offers a chance for redemption after failing to qualify for three of the last four Cups World.
But an African nation has never qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup, and Ghana as the first – the first World Cup and Africa were without injured captain Michael Essien throughout campaign – would be the stuff of legends. Ghana gets custody and will likely have a huge crowd following the match in Johannesburg.
Who will win
Uruguay 2, Ghana 1. It might take more time, or even sanctions, to decide. The teams are evenly matched and both have an enormous amount of passion behind them, but the striking duo of Uruguay took advantage of Ghana – attackmen especially if the Black Stars are not in great shape.
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