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Uruguay 0-0 Ghana

By Jonathan Stevenson updates every 30 secs
  1. Twitter  

    From Gallacticos87: "What odds on Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay all going out this weekend, Stevo? Let's go northern hemisphere!"

  2. 14 mins Commentary  

    Uruguay plough a free-kick into the Ghana box and Richard Kingson, under no pressure at all, punches unconvincingly straight up into the Johannesburg night sky. When it lands, in the middle of a packed six-yard box, he punches again but is rescued by the referee. Shaky.

  3. 12 mins Commentary  

    Ghana need to get a foothold in this game - on the rare occasions they get the ball, they keep giving it back straight away. You could forgive them for being nervous.

  4. 10 mins Commentary  

    Uruguay are having most of the ball, but they haven't created a clear-cut chance yet. Luis Suarez cuts in from the left, but his shot is straight at Richard Kingson who saves comfortably.

  5. 8 mins Commentary  

    There's the first sign of Ghana players shooting from a silly distance - Kwadwo Asamoah shoots lamely wide from 25 yards when he should have just pumped the ball back into the Uruguay box. Wasteful.

  6. 606  

    From The strike of the cescy verminator: "As a Ghanaian, I'm impressed at our support from Nigeria. Never dreamed of this to ever happen. COME ON U GHANA!!!"

  7. 3 mins Commentary  

    Good attacking intent already from Uruguay as Diego Forlan bursts forward from inside his own half, but his pass to Alvaro Fernandez down the right is heavy and the chance is lost.

  8. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Soccer City, Johannesburg:  

    "Cracking set of anthems. Hope the game is of equal quality. My most sincere wish is that both teams have a desire to win that transcends their fear of losing."

  9. 2 mins Commentary  

    There's a signal of intent - the 'Rock of Gibraltar' John Mensah crunches into Luis Suarez from behind to concede an early free-kick on the halfway line. Lovely introduction.

  10. 19:32 KICK-OFF Uruguay v Ghana  

    Newspapers across this great country of South Africa have been screaming their support for BaGhana BaGhana (see what they've done there) today, and now is their moment of truth. In the first African World Cup, can a team from the continent reach the semi-finals and create history? We are under way in Johannesburg.

  11. 19:29 Commentary  

    Do you think they'll do a CD of the 32 national anthems at the end of this World Cup? And, perhaps crucially, do you think I'd be the only person buying it? Why do I love them so? I need answers.

  12. 19:25 Commentary  

    Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca emerges from the tunnel and picks the ball up off the plinth as Diego Lugano and John Mensah lead the teams out. The captains will read out a short message on Fifa's anti-discrimination day and then we'll have the national anthems.

  13. SMS  

    From Richard T: "I think it is a different World Cup from what it used to be. We are going to see entirely new faces at the finals. Ghana are going to progress."

  14. SMS  

    Form Neil: "I have just left Amsterdam centre, i.e. party central, to come home and watch this game so it better be good!"

    Go back, go back!

  15. 19:20 Commentary Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac:  

    "This result depends on us. It is important how we start and that we try and impose ourselves on Uruguay from the beginning. We are the only African team left at this level of competition so I am really proud of these boys and the whole world now has great respect for Ghana football."

  16. 19:18 Commentary Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez:  

    "Ghana are very strong, very fast players with good dribbling when they run with the ball. We know it will very difficult. We won't wait for Ghana to score a goal before we start to play the way we should be. We won't become complacent, that would be suicidal."

  17. 19:16 Commentary  

    I think my esteemed colleague Paul Fletcher might be on to something there. Goal-crazy Luis Suarez is having the year of his life - the Ajax striker has scored a remarkable 55 goals in 60 games for his club and country this season. What price another one tonight?

  18. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Soccer City, Johannesburg:  

    On Twitter: "Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan - the best strike duo at this World Cup? Discuss."

  19. 19:12 Commentary  

    History beckons. No African team has ever reached the World Cup semi-finals, so it would be hugely fitting if Ghana could achieve this first during the continent’s maiden tournament. As for Uruguay, well let’s not forget they won the first World Cup in 1930 and then stunned Brazil in the Maracana by coming from behind to win the 1950 final. However, it is 40 years since they reached the last four, a drought this proud footballing nation will be keen to end today.

  20. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "When you look at Ghana, no disrespect but they've only played one good side in Germany and they lost - the draw has been very kind to them. They play some lovely football until they get to 30, 40 yards out and then they just shoot from daft angles, goals you score once every three years. They're under pressure tonight."

  21. 19:05 Commentary Ghana legend Abedi Pele:  

    "I can't say that I'm that surprised by the success Ghana have had, but I thought we would have a great team in four years, not necessarily now. I'd be a very proud man if we won tonight."

  22. 606  

    From simoncfc: "Ghana to win on penalties. Germany to beat Argentina, then lose to Spain in the semis. Netherlands against Spain in the final. You heard it here first."

  23. 19:00 Commentary Stevo's Predo:  

    Uruguay 1-1 Ghana
    Penalty shootout

  24. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Soccer City, Johannesburg:  

    "If you win the World Cup for looking mega-relaxed on your way out of your coach and busting a few tunes on the way to the dressing room then the Black Stars are heading to the top. My sources reliably inform me they will play 4-1-4-1 with Kevin-Prince Boateng given the licence to roam from midfield."

  25. 18:53 Commentary  

    These countries have both enjoyed fabulous tournaments and for one of them it is about to get a whole lot better. The Uruguayans have impressed with their free-flowing football and dynamic striking duo Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, while Ghana have shouldered the burden of African expectation with real character and no little quality. It’s just too close to call, this one. But aren’t they all?

  26. SMS  

    Eniola from Escravos, Delta state, Nigeria: "Ghana need to be wary of Luis Suarez and of course Diego Forlan. The Ghana defence must have 100% concentration at all times; the midfield and attack should move the ball quickly. Ghana have a chance and the whole of Africa is backing them."

  27. 18:47 Commentary  

    UruGhana get in touch, then? My word, I think I’ve just hit rock bottom. Save me from my own ineptitude by Tweeting me @Stevo_football, texting me on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or scribbling down your thoughts on the 606 page.

  28. 18:43 Commentary  

    By the way, if you could refresh your page I'd be ever so grateful - all it means is that you'll know the woeful *gags* belong to me, Jonathan Stevenson, not poor Sam, who's frankly much better than that.

  29. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Soccer City, Johannesburg:  

    "No surprises for Uruguay as coach Oscar Tabarez named his side days ago - Mauricio Victorino and Alvaro Fernandez replace Diego Godin and Alvaro Pereira. Ghana make two enforced changes as they bid to make history, with suspended duo Andre Ayew and Jonathan Mensah replaced by Sulley Muntari and Isaac Vorsah."

  30. 18:40 Commentary Uruguay v Ghana line-ups:  

    Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 2-Diego Lugano, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 4-Jorge Fucile, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 15-Diego Perez, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 20-Alvaro Fernandez, 9-Luis Suarez, 10-Diego Forlan.
    Ghana: 22-Richard Kingson; 4-John Pantsil, 5-John Mensah, 15-Isaac Vorsah, 2-Hans Sarpei; 6-Anthony Annan, 23-Kevin-Prince Boateng, 7-Samuel Inkoom, 11-Sulley Muntari; 21-Kwadwo Asamoah, 3-Asamoah Gyan.
    Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal).

  31. 18:38 Commentary  

    That’s one semi-finalist all wrapped up, then. But just who are the Netherlands going to meet in the last four in Cape Town? Will they face another South American foe in the shape of Uruguay? Or will they come up against Ghana and the entire continent of Africa for the right to play in the biggest sporting contest on planet earth? Let's find out.

  32. 18:35 Commentary  

    Turns out bad things do happen in threes: Sam Lyon’s disappeared, England are out of the World Cup and Andy Murray’s Wimbledon dream is over for another year. So, people of the live text community, why am I feeling so happy? It must be the Vuvuzelas I can hear burning a hole in the side of the International Broadcast centre in Johannesburg. The Ghanaians are coming, and by the sounds of it they’ve got the whole of Africa with them.

  33. 18:30 Commentary  

    And so the time has come for me to hand you back to Jonathan Stevenson out in Johannesburg for all the team news and match action, while I - Sam Lyon - will be back on the 'morrow to give you all the pre-match chat ahead of Germany-Argentina. This World Cup just keeps on giving doesn't it? Laters.

  34. 606  

    From Farslayer: "Every Uruguayan I have ever met describes their country as "We used to win the World Cup." Just being three matches away from matching their ancestors must have the country buzzing loud enough to raise the Graf Spee!"

  35. SMS  

    Tunde from Nigeria: "I just can't imagine Ghana losing today, I only see a win for them. Africa, lets stand up tonight for for the real African team!"

  36. 18:24 Commentary  

    And, people of Britain, just when you thought you could all sit there merely as casual observers - I'm going to pull that particular rug right from under your feet with this little nugget. Ghana are the last English-speaking country in the competition. Combine that with the fact that Howard Webb and team are still flying the flag as officials, and maybe this World Cup isn't quite as disappointing. Erm, right?

  37. Twitter  

    From siddharth248: "The World Cup truly starts rolling now. I'm tipping a Holland-Argentina final as there hasnt ever been an all-European final outside Europe."

  38. 18:14 Commentary  

    Form - famously - goes out of the window in World Cup quarter-finals though doesn't it? And, as effectively the 'home' side in this evening's fixture at the Soccer City Stadium, Ghana might just be able to use the African support to spur them on. And don't worry about the Black Stars crumbling under pressure - coach Milovan Rajevac says that aint gonna happen. And I believe him.

  39. SMS  

    From Olusegun, Nigeria: "I tip Ghana to win tonight’s cracker and become the first African team to reach the semis. They are the pride of Africa. Good luck Ghana!"

  40. 18:11 Commentary  

    Let's remind ourselves of Uruguay and Ghana's World Cup form to date, then. A draw against France and then wins over South Africa, Mexico and South Korea have done for Uruguay, while Ghana may have lost to Germany at the end of the group stage, but earned their place in last eight courtesy of a draw with Australia and wins over Serbia and the United States. On form, it's Uruguay's to lose isn't it?

  41. SMS  

    James from Adelaide: "Netherlands are nowhere near favourites. They have had a very easy passage to this stage and their defence is so shaky! Lets be honest, this was just as much about Brazil imploding as it was the Dutch winning. Spain and the winner of Germany v Argentina have a stronger chance. I will go as far to say that Ghana and Uruguay are licking their lips in delight that Brazil did not get through."

  42. 18:05 Commentary  

    Anyway, we know that the Netherlands have booked the first semi-final spot, what we don't know is who they will face on 6 July, next Tuesday. If it comes down to in-form strikers, you might just fancy Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez to edge Uruguay home, despite Ghana's Asamoah Gyan's burgeoning reputation. However, if it comes down to dancing skills, there is really only one winner. Don Fabio Capello take note - this is team spirit.

  43. SMS  

    From Ross: "Good for the Dutch, they've always been the bridesmaid never the bride, maybe they will hear wedding bells this year."

  44. 17:55 Commentary  

    Match-winner Wesley Sneijder, meanwhile, reacted modestly at the final whistle, saying: "The winner just slipped off my bald head!" He added, referring to the fact that this was the Netherlands' first win over Brazil since 1974: "It was an amazing game. I think we showed the whole world how we can play. Finally we won, we beat Brazil!" Oh to be in Amsterdam this evening huh?

  45. 17:52 Commentary  

    Spare a thought, meanwhile, for Brazil coach Dunga - who has confirmed the defeat by the Netherlands will be his last in charge of the team. "We knew when I started that I would be here for four years. It's sad, it's difficult, nobody prepares to lose." A World Cup winner and finalist as a player, I hope Dunga is not now remembered as the man who failed Brazil as a coach.

  46. SMS  

    Wale Ibraheem, Lagos Nigeria: "I think the coast is getting clearer for Ghana to win the World Cup. One of the favourites just got dumped, it's African soil and the Black Stars of Africa are taking the world by storm. Bring on Uruguay!"

  47. 17:46 Commentary  

    'So where do we go from here?' the voice in my head asks. Well if you thought the Netherlands v Brazil was fascinating, wait until the African party kicks into gear in Johannesburg tonight. Ghana, aiming to become the first African nation to reach a World Cup semi-final, have the backing of an entire continent - and Uruguay might be advised to wear ear plugs this evening? You thought the Vuvuzelas had made a racket already didn't you? Just you wait.

  48. 606  

    From redandblackT: "Hope Uruguay and Ghana will serve us some football today. That last match was high on everything but the football."

  49. SMS  

    From Luke: "Oh yes South America are amazing  - but move on, it's time for the European elite to show off! Bring it on!"

  50. 17:39 Commentary  

    What say you good people? I'm Sam Lyon and I'll chat you through the next hour or so while Jonathan Stevenson attempts (and most probably fails) to compose himself after that Port Elizabeth thriller. So take this golden opportunity to get in touch why don't you? Text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), I'm on Twitter @sampatricklyon or get involved on 606.

  51. 17:34 Commentary  

    The Netherlands' first win over Brazil for 36 years, then, puts them within a single match of the World Cup final. That match - their fourth World Cup semi-final (after 1974, 1978 and 1998) - will pit them against Uruguay or Ghana and promises to be a cracker either way. Bert van Marwijk's side are THE form team of the tournament, will be flying sky high after their Port Elizabeth triumph, and in Wesley Sneijder or Arjen Robben have two fellas hitting peak form. I wonder if Uruguay or Ghana are worried?

  52. 17:30 Commentary  

    Now I'm never one to blow my own trumpet of course (ahem), but haven't I been saying the Netherlands are this World Cup's dark horses? Haven't I? What a result for the Oranje. They've just beaten the world's greatest footballing nation - and in my book that makes them the new favourites for the trophy, no?

Venue: Soccer City, Johannesburg

Date: Friday, 2 July 2010

Kick-off: 19:30 BST

Coverage: Television coverage ITV, BBC Radio 5 Live, live text commentary on this website


Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has confirmed that Mauricio Victorino will replace centre-back Diego Godin, who picked up a thigh injury against South Korea.

Tabarez named his starting line-up on Wednesday, with Alvaro Fernandez coming in for Alvaro Perreira in midfield.

Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is expected to recover from a hamstring injury in time to face Uruguay. Striker Asamoah Gyan is also likely to start despite hurting his ankle against the USA.

Fit-again defender Isaac Vorsah is set to replace the suspended Jonathan Mensah, while Sulley Muntari is tipped to come in for Andre Ayew, who serves a one-game ban.

One booking from suspension: Fucile, Lugano, Victorino (Uruguay); Addy, Annan, Tagoe (Ghana).


This quarter-final brings together a former football superpower hoping to recapture past glories and an emerging nation looking to write their place in World Cup history. Victory for Uruguay would take them through to their first semi-final since 1970, while Ghana can become the first African side to reach the last four.

Uruguay's two World Cup wins, in 1930 and 1950, came before Ghana had even gained independence from Great Britain. That level of success was always likely to prove short-lived for a country of just 3.5m people, but this tournament has presented the Uruguayans with a golden chance to re-establish themselves on the global stage.

Victory against the USA made Ghana only the third African side to reach the last eight of a World Cup. If the Black Stars are to succeed where Cameroon and Senegal failed, they will have to cope without a number of players who will miss this game due to injury or suspension.



- This will be the first full international between the two teams. The Ghanaian side that won the Fifa Under-20 World Cup last year drew 2-2 with Uruguay in the group stage.


- Uruguay have reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1970. That year they beat the USSR 1-0 to reach the final four, before losing 3-1 to Brazil in the semi-finals.

- The Uruguayans have conceded only one goal in four games in South Africa.

- They are unbeaten in their last six World Cup games, including their last two group matches in 2002 (which were both drawn).

- Luis Suarez's goal against South Korea made him the first Uruguayan to score in successive World Cup matches since Juan Eduardo Hohberg in 1954.


- The Black Stars are the third African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, following in the footsteps of Cameroon (1990) and Senegal (2002). Victory would make them the first to reach the semi-finals.

- Asamoah Gyan has scored three times in South Africa, and also netted at the 2006 World Cup. He needs one more to match Roger Milla's African record of five career World Cup goals.

- No African side has ever won a World Cup knock-out match without the game going to extra-time.


Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal)

Assistants: Jose Cardinal and Bertino Miranda (Portugal)

Fourth official: Alberto Undiano (Spain)

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  • Venue: Soccer City
  • Referee: O Benquerenca

Updates automatically during the match

Uruguay     Ghana
  • Possession 47%
  • Attempts on target 2
  • Attempts off target 1
  • Corners 3
  • Fouls 3

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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