The ugly grudge match between Uruguay and Ghana ended in chaos with Uruguayan players “everywhere after the officials’ whistle”.
Giorgian de Arrascaeta struck twice in Uruguay’s 2-0 win but it wasn’t enough to keep the desperate South Americans in the World Cup.
South Korea relegated the former champions to second place in Group H with a win over Portugal. The news left Uruguay’s star striker Luis Suarez in tears as he and compatriot Edinson Cavani pondered the likely end of his World Cup career.
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It was the first time in two decades that la Celeste failed to reach the knockout stages.
Uruguay failed to score in their first two games and needed a win to move out of Group H and already qualified Portugal to avoid defeat by South Korea.
But the Asians’ surprising 2-1 win – the second goal came in added time – ensured they progressed as they had scored two more goals.
With South Korea level on points against Portugal late in the game and Uruguay two goals ahead, the South American side had one foot in the round of 16 before the pendulum swung to South Korea
Players from both teams watched the results with intense intensity and the South Americans lost their composure as they realized their World Cup dream was over.
There were ugly scenes after the game when the Uruguayans yelled at German referee Daniel Siebert. They followed him through the tunnel and made contact with him.
Former Socceroo and SBS commentator Craig Foster said: “It was bad scenes afterwards.
“There is no need for the Uruguayan players to confront the referee and shove and shove.
“This stuff is unacceptable, they shouldn’t be doing it.”
Uruguay fought desperately for the decisive goals throughout the game, with Ferderico Valverde getting close with a volley from outside the box and Maxi Gomez saving his shot from keeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi with two minutes left.
Uruguay went on the offensive right from the start of the game and finally stopped in the 26th minute when Darwin Nunez’s cross was missed by two defenders on the right and found Suarez, whose low shot was spilled by the keeper, allowing De Arrascaeta to score headed in at close range.
Uruguay struck again six minutes later when Nunez flicked the ball at Suarez, who deflected it towards De Arrascaeta, who volleyed under the keeper.
The goals came just minutes after Ghana awarded a penalty in the game’s first attack after a shot by Jordon Ayew was missed by goalkeeper Sergio Rochet, bringing down an oncoming Mohammed Kudus.
Andre Ayew fired tamely at Rochet, prompting Uruguay to double down on their attack.
But Uruguay lacked the same punch after the break and failed to continue to beat Ghana and increase their goal difference, allowing South Korea to advance.
The bad blood between Ghana and Uruguay dates back 12 years to the 2010 World Cup. In that game, a handball by Suarez resulted in Ghana’s elimination.
Ahead of this game, Ghana were clear that their only mission was to oust Uruguay from the 2022 World Cup.
Ghana fans booed Suarez extensively throughout the game and also when he was called out by the stadium announcer.
Despite not winning, Ghana fans saw the celebrations in the streets and knew they had accomplished their mission.
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