skip to content
Penalty scored by Sebastian Abreu. Uruguay 4-2 Ghana on penalties.
A save by Nestor Fernando Muslera from penalty by Dominic Adiyah.
Penalty missed by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
Placed penalty taken by John Mensah saved by Nestor Fernando Muslera.
Penalty scored by Andres Scotti. Uruguay 3-2 Ghana on penalties.
Stephen Appiah scores a penalty. Uruguay 2-2 Ghana on penalties.
Mauricio Victorino scores a penalty. Uruguay 2-1 Ghana on penalties.
Asamoah Gyan scores a penalty. Uruguay 1-1 Ghana on penalties.
Diego Forlan scores a penalty. Uruguay 1-0 Ghana on penalties.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Appiah by Jorge Fucile results in a free kick. John Pantsil sends in a cross, Stephen Appiah takes a shot. Blocked by Luis Suarez. John Mensah takes a shot. Luis Suarez is penalised for handball and concedes a . Luis Suarez is sent off. Penalty missed crossbar by Asamoah Gyan.
Luis Suarez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Header from close range by Kevin-Prince Boateng misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken by Kwadwo Asamoah, Jorge Fucile makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Kwadwo Asamoah from the right by-line to the near post, Sebastian Abreu makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by John Pantsil, Jorge Fucile gets a block in.
Effort from deep inside the area by Diego Forlan misses to the left of the goal.
Header on goal by Asamoah Gyan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Nicolas Lodeiro on John Pantsil, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by John Pantsil, clearance made by Diego Perez.
Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on John Mensah. Free kick taken by John Mensah.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Richard Kingson.
The ball is swung over by Nicolas Lodeiro, blocked by John Mensah.
Corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan from the right by-line, Asamoah Gyan makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Issac Vorsah, Diego Perez manages to make a clearance.
Effort from just outside the box by Kwadwo Asamoah goes over the bar.
Shot from 25 yards from Stephen Appiah. Blocked by Mauricio Victorino.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stephen Appiah played to the near post, Booking for John Mensah for dissent. Mauricio Victorino makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Appiah from the right by-line played to the near post, Sebastian Abreu manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by John Pantsil. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stephen Appiah, clearance made by Diego Perez.
Dominic Adiyah on for Sulley Muntari.
Jorge Fucile sends in a cross.
Diego Forlan takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Shot from 20 yards from Jorge Fucile. Save by Richard Kingson.
Victorio Maxi Pereira produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sulley Muntari, Nestor Fernando Muslera makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan from the right by-line to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hans Sarpei on Luis Suarez. Hans Sarpei is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The ball is delivered by Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
(Uruguay) makes a substitution, with Sebastian Abreu coming on for Edinson Cavani.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Edinson Cavani fouled by John Mensah, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Diego Forlan from the free kick.
Samuel Inkoom leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Appiah.
Shot by Asamoah Gyan from 25 yards. Save made by Nestor Fernando Muslera.
Effort on goal by Anthony Annan from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Egidio Arevalo Rios takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Inkoom.
Inswinging corner taken by Diego Forlan, Kwadwo Asamoah makes a clearance.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
Unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan by Andres Scotti results in a free kick. Asamoah Gyan has an effort direct from the free kick.
Effort on goal by Sulley Muntari from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Asamoah Gyan crosses the ball, save by Nestor Fernando Muslera.
The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Centre by Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
The ball is delivered by Edinson Cavani, Richard Kingson makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan played to the near post, Luis Suarez challenges Hans Sarpei unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Sulley Muntari is caught offside. Free kick taken by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
Diego Perez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kwadwo Asamoah. Diego Perez shown a yellow card. Kwadwo Asamoah restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Sulley Muntari from the left by-line to the near post, Diego Perez manages to make a clearance.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save made by Nestor Fernando Muslera.
Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on John Mensah. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.
Kevin-Prince Boateng challenges Mauricio Victorino unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mauricio Victorino.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jorge Fucile by John Pantsil. Booking for John Pantsil for unsporting behaviour. Diego Forlan scores a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Uruguay 1-1 Ghana.
Corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Asamoah Gyan.
Foul by Anthony Annan on Diego Perez, free kick awarded. Mauricio Victorino restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by John Mensah. Direct free kick taken by Diego Forlan.
The referee penalises Edinson Cavani for handball. Direct free kick taken by John Pantsil.
Egidio Arevalo Rios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng. The referee cautions Egidio Arevalo Rios for unsporting behaviour. Shot comes in from Sulley Muntari from the free kick.
Mauricio Victorino gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan. Direct free kick taken by Kwadwo Asamoah.
Sulley Muntari gets on the score sheet with a goal from long distance to the bottom right corner of the goal. Uruguay 0-1 Ghana.Assist on the goal came from Asamoah Gyan.
Nicolas Lodeiro replaces Alvaro Fernandez.
Samuel Inkoom delivers the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Kevin-Prince Boateng clears the crossbar.
Asamoah Gyan has an effort at goal. Save by Nestor Fernando Muslera.
Issac Vorsah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jorge Fucile. Free kick taken by Diego Perez.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Issac Vorsah. Diego Forlan restarts play with the free kick.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sulley Muntari misses to the right of the target.
Diego Lugano leaves the field to be replaced by Andres Scotti.
The referee blows for offside against Diego Forlan. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Samuel Inkoom challenges Jorge Fucile unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mauricio Victorino takes the free kick.
Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng on Mauricio Victorino, free kick awarded. Diego Lugano takes the free kick.
Luis Suarez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken by Sulley Muntari from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Issac Vorsah misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Samuel Inkoom, clearance by Victorio Maxi Pereira.
Diego Forlan delivers a pass corner to short, Anthony Annan makes a clearance.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan from the right by-line, clearance by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Diego Forlan has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
The referee gives a free kick against Samuel Inkoom for handball. Free kick taken by Diego Lugano.
Issac Vorsah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Diego Forlan crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kwadwo Asamoah by Jorge Fucile. Jorge Fucile goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Sulley Muntari, Alvaro Fernandez manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan from the left by-line to the near post, Edinson Cavani takes a shot. John Mensah gets a block in.
Foul by Samuel Inkoom on Egidio Arevalo Rios, free kick awarded. Diego Perez restarts play with the free kick.
Diego Forlan takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Alvaro Fernandez on Anthony Annan, free kick awarded. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Kingson. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Asamoah Gyan is adjudged to have handled the ball. Shot on goal comes in from Diego Forlan from the free kick, Richard Kingson makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sulley Muntari on Alvaro Fernandez. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Diego Forlan from right wing.
Long range shot by Kwadwo Asamoah goes wide right of the net.
Unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan by Mauricio Victorino results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Sulley Muntari, Edinson Cavani manages to make a clearance.
Egidio Arevalo Rios produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Diego Forlan takes the inswinging corner, clearance by John Mensah.
Inswinging corner taken by Diego Forlan from the left by-line played to the near post, Samuel Inkoom makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Diego Forlan.
The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by John Mensah results in a free kick. Egidio Arevalo Rios takes the direct free kick.
The referee gets the game started.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee blows for the end of normal time.
Second half of extra-time has started.
The match is going to penalties.
The players are ready for the drama of the penalty shoot-out.
Tabarez: No conspiracy over officials
The coaches of Uruguay and Ghana have brushed aside conspiracy theories claiming English referee Howard Webb was replaced as the man in charge of Friday's World Cup quarter-final because of the controversy over Frank Lampard's disallowed goal.
A Uruguayan referee team led by Jorge Larrionda was in charge of the England v Germany match when Lampard's shot clearly crossed the line but no goal was given.
FIFA on Thursday announced Portugal official Olegario Benquerenca will take charge of the Uruguay v Ghana quarter-final and insisted there was no question - as has been rumoured - that Webb, who has not been given a last-eight match, had originally been earmarked for the match.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said: "It seems every time there is a slight coincidence of any sort we start to dramatise things.
"We have nothing to do with refereeing - they are like a player and they can do well or do badly, we don't have any suspicions, it does not exist as far as we are concerned.
"I don't know if my players even know who the referee is. I presume the four officials we will have will be great candidates for the final."
Ghana's coach Milovan Rajevac added: "I pay no attention to who will be our referee - it's the highest level of competition and the referee will be of the highest level. After a match I never make comments about the referee so I'm not even thinking about it."
Uruguay only qualified for the finals through a play-off but have been one of the surprises of the tournament under their vastly experienced 63-year-old coach Tabarez, known to all as 'Maestro'.
Reaching the semi-finals would be the best achievement by the first winners of the World Cup - Uruguay triumphed in 1930 and then again in 1950 - since 1970, but Tabarez has warned against looking back at past glories.
He added: "I don't want to look back and talk about the historical dimension - anything that involves thinking beyond Friday makes us lose concentration. Perhaps later on we will be able to talk about the historical significance.
"First we have to play this quarter-final against Ghana and they are very strong."
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan claims he is not surprised to be one of the stars of the World Cup.
The Rennes player has scored three goals in four matches including the winner against the United States in the last 16.
It is a far cry from two years ago, when Gyan was close to quitting the African Nations Cup after being criticised by the Ghana supporters.
Now the 24-year-old, who has recovered from an ankle knock, has his sights set on playing in the Barclays Premier League.
Gyan said: "I did expect to score goals here because I did so well for my club and the confidence is there. I've scored many goals for my club.
"I am not surprised to be a star here. I know what I am worth when I am 100% fit. I thank God for that.
"People compare me with big names like Lionel Messi and I'm very happy to hear that. They are the best strikers in the world.
"You also have to remember that two years ago I was criticised by my compatriots.
"It hurt. But I never lost trust in myself. I knew that when 100% fit I would perform and that is what has happened."
Gyan admits a laid-back approach - including a bout of singing - has helped Ghana become only the third African nation after Cameroon and Senegal to reach the last eight of the World Cup.
He said: "Uruguay are a difficult side but we don't care who we are going to play against. We are ready to play anyone.
"I don't think that is a problem. We shall go there and play our hearts out and we will come out victorious.
"We know all of Africa is supporting us. We are the only African team left and we want to make everyone happy.
"We know how to psych ourselves up before the game. That is the key to our success.
"Sometimes we sing all the time, we just forget about the game, and make sure we consider it on our terms because we know what we can do on the field."
As for his own future, Gyan admitted: "It is my wish to play in the Premier League but I am now a player of Rennes and I am concentrating on my club and also the World Cup.
"We will see after the World Cup."
Ghana will be without Jonathan Mensah and Andre Ayew, who are suspended, but Isaac Vorsah returns after missing the last three matches with injury.
Ghana bow out
Uruguay 1 Ghana 1 (after extra time, Uruguay win 4-2 on penalties)
Ghana bowed out of the World Cup in the most heartbreaking circumstances in one of the most amazing finishes to a match the World Cup has ever seen.
In this tournament's 80-year history, surely there has never been such agony for a country, and a continent.
Luis Suarez had used his hands to keep out a header in the last minute of extra-time but his red card will be no solace to the Black Stars after Asamoah Gyan's spot-kick hit the bar and Uruguay triumphed in the shoot-out.
Soccer City was deathly silent as Ghana players collapsed in tears, while Uruguay celebrated their first semi-final appearance, in which they will play Holland, for 40 years.
The South Americans' goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was the hero, saving twice from John Mensah, the Sunderland centre-back, and Dominic Adiyiah, but there was a nasty taste left in the mouth as Suarez was carried shoulder high by his team.
This had been a thrilling, exhilarating, and no-holds barred contest full of thunderous tackles and fierce commitment that really set this World Cup alight.
Sulley Muntari, almost sent home earlier on in the tournament after a bust up with Ghana's Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac, had given his side the lead before Diego Forlan equalised with a viciously-swerving free-kick for his third goal of the finals.
Ghana carried the hopes of the continent with them, and especially South Africans, in their quest to become the first African country to qualify for the semi-finals.
The South Americans, aiming for their first appearance in the last four since 1970, had only conceded one goal all tournament.
Perhaps it was the burden of expectation, but Ghana looked nervous from the start while Uruguay, and Suarez in particular, emanated menace.
It was the Ajax striker who first threatened, sweeping past Isaac Vorsah and firing in a shot that Richard Kingson managed to parry.
Forlan's dead-ball expertise was also causing Ghana problems and his corner deflected off Mensah's back and Kingson made a reaction save.
Kingson continued his superb form this tournament with a stunning save to tip over from Suarez - why he has been released by Wigan, and been third-choice keeper there for the last two years, is one of football's great mysteries.
Ghana had done virtually nothing in reply when, inspired by Kevin-Prince Boateng, they suddenly began to play.
Two great chances came in as many minutes as Vorsah planted a header from Muntari's corner just past the angle and then Gyan was inches wide after brilliant work by Boateng.
Then the German-born midfielder, still on the books at Portsmouth, who nearly conjured up a spectacular opener with an overhead kick before Muntari struck first-half injury time.
The Inter Milan midfielder - himself ex-Portsmouth - hit a speculative shot from 30 yards out, Gyan ducked and Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera was caught flat-footed as the ball sneaked into the corner.
The goal made for an open second half with Uruguay having to force the game, and the South Americans claimed a penalty when Edinson Cavani went down under Vorsah's challenge but replays showed Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca was spot on to wave the appeals away.
It look ominous for Ghana however when John Pantsil swept away Fucile's legs on the edge of the box, and Forlan produced the perfect free-kick that went over the wall and dipped under the crossbar. Even Kingson could do nothing.
Ghana did not let their heads drop however and Gyan brought a smart save out of Muslera but Uruguay should have taken the lead when Forlan produced an outstanding cross that cut out the entire defence. You would have put your house on Suarez volleying home at the far post but instead he rippled the side-netting.
Boateng looked to be denied a legitimate penalty after a smart turn, with Muntari wasting the chance that presented itself afterwards.
Kingson kept Ghana in it with a sharp near-post save from Suarez, and ensured extra time.
Gyan was thwarted by a large-ditch block by Andres Scotti as Ghana hunted for a breakthrough then Pantsil was lucky not to be penalised after tangling with Sebastian Eguren in his own area.
Ghana finished the stronger with Gyan and Boateng going close before Forlan flashed a last chance wide.
An incredible last minute saw Suarez sent off for saving Adiyiah's header on the line with his fist, and Gyan smashing the penalty against the bar.
Then came the shoot-out, and terrible agony for Ghana.
"Will David Moyes be able to turn it around at Ma..."
© 2004 - 2013 football.co.uk