Iconic Moments in Football No.69,
Few footballers have been disliked as a lot as Luis Suarez in latest years. The Uruguayan has bitten three opponents in separate incidents over his profession, stamped on opposition gamers and frequently dived in order to win penalties. Virtually all of these have been punished with lengthy bans and fines.
Nonetheless, there was one incident involving Suarez that upset not solely the opposition however the entire world. It got here in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in Uruguay’s Quarter Closing towards Ghana.
Uruguay had been taking part in in their eleventh World Cup and had been the primary winners of the competitors. That they had final certified for the World Cup in 2002 however didn’t qualify for the knockout phases after they completed third in their group. Their run to the Quarter Closing in 2010 was the furthest that they’d gone in the competitors since they reached the 1970 Semi Closing in Mexico.
Ghana was taking part in in their second World Cup. Their solely different look in the competitors was on the earlier World Cup in Germany, the place they reached the Second Spherical earlier than dropping 3-0 to Brazil.
In South Africa, they’d completed second in their group earlier than beating USA in the Second Spherical after further time. They went into the Quarter Closing towards Uruguay with each impartial cheering them on, hoping that Ghana would turn into the primary African facet to achieve the World Cup Semi Closing.
Ghana’s Sulley Muntari broke the impasse in first half stoppage time with a rasping long-range effort. His shot got here from a full 40 yards out and zipped previous Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslero into the underside nook.
Diego Forlan equalised for Uruguay with a free kick on the nook of the penalty space ten minutes into the second half. It regarded as if he was going to cross the ball in for a workforce mate to move in however the ball went over everybody’s head and into the far nook of the web.
The sport went to further time and neither facet may discover a second aim. Then deep into harm time on the finish of the second half, Ghana gained a free kick out on the proper wing, 25 yards from aim between the touchline and fringe of the penalty space. Luis Suarez was about to turn into the villain of the World Cup.
John Paintsil whipped the free-kick into the penalty space and Kevin-Prince Boateng headed the ball on on the close to publish.
Uruguay’s goalkeeper Fernando Muslera got here out to catch the ball however collided with an opponent and Stephen Appiah tried to pressure the ball in from shut vary.
The ball struck Luis Suarez who was stood on the aim line, bounced up kindly for Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah who headed again at aim. Each Suarez and his workforce mate Jorge Fucile raised an arm to dam the goalbound header and it was Suarez’s hand that acquired to the ball and he batted it away from hazard.
The Portuguese referee was in an ideal spot to see the blatant handball and he dismissed Suarez, who left the sector in tears.
Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan stepped as much as take the ensuing penalty and missed. His penalty hit the highest of the crossbar and flew into the group behind the aim.
To rub salt into the Ghanaian wounds, Luis Suarez stood and watched the penlty from the doorway of the tunnel. As Gyan’s penalty flew over the bar, the Uruguayan celebrated as if he scored a aim. It was a sickening sight and very unsportsman-like.
Uruguay gained the penalty shootout 4-2 and progressed to the semi ultimate. They misplaced 3-2 with out their star striker who was banned after his purple card.
Luis Suarez joined Liverpool in the January switch window the next yr for just below £23 million. The incident towards Ghana was nonetheless contemporary in fan’s recollections and he was given a tough time by opposition followers due to it.