The Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah is today the venue for a repeat of a historic match that football fans will remember forever during the FIFA World Cup. African giants Ghana and South American powerhouses Uruguay will clash today at the Al Janoub Stadium in the final round match of Group H of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A tough match can be expected at the Al Janoub Stadium as both teams need a win in the match to secure their spot in the Round of 16.
Before this, in the history of the FIFA World Cup, Ghana and Uruguay have met only once. There is a reason why that match is still remembered by football fans around the world. The Ghana national team had the best World Cup campaign in their history at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Ghana’s opponents were Uruguay in the quarter-final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Sulley Muntari scored the first goal for Ghana in the match. Diego Forlán then found the equalizer for Uruguay in the second half of the game.
Thus both the teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the match. Then the 30 minutes extra time of the match started. Then in the final minute of extra time, Uruguay striker Luis Suárez handled a shot at the goal line that should have been a sure goal for Ghana. Suárez was sent off with a red card, but Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty. Gyan’s shot hit the crossbar. Uruguay went on to win the shootout.
When Ghana and Uruguay meet again in another FIFA World Cup, memories of the 2010 World Cup will be on the minds of every football fan. When Uruguay striker Suárez was asked in a press conference ahead of today’s match, if he would like to apologize to the Ghana fans now that he remembers the events of the 2010 World Cup, Suárez replies “I don’t need to apologize. I’d apologize if I injured a player but in this situation, I handled the ball, I take a red card and the Ghana player missed the penalty. It’s not my fault. I didn’t miss the penalty. It’s not my responsibility.”