Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the FIFA World Cup Group H match between Ghana and Uruguay, happening at the Al Janoub stadium.
Done and dusted!!! Uruguay is knocked out of the World Cup despite winning 2-0. South Korea is throught to the Round of 16.
Valverde takes the free kick and he hits it straight to Zigi
Seidu gets a yellow for a rash tackle and he concedes a free kick
Late flourish from Uruguay. Valverde tries a shot from way outside the box. It tests Zigi but he helps the ball away eventually
Cavani runs in dangerously into the box, trips down and falls. He asks for a penalty check. Replay shows Seidu dashing on to him but referee thinks otherwise. Play continues
EIGHT MINUTES ADDED YET AGAIN!
Fantastic save from Zigi!! Cavani’s brilliant header is punched out by a jumping Zigi. But it doesn’t matter as Cavani is caught offside
Sulemana is booked for his foul on Valverde. Sebastian Coates is also shown yellow for his tackle on Semenyo
Meanwhile, SOUTH KOREA HAS TAKEN THE LEAD AGAINST PORTUGAL AND AS THINGS STAND, URUGUAY IS OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT!!!
Brilliant save from Rochet! Kudus inside the box lets out a powerful shot but a full lenght dive from Rochet keeps the ball away
Darwin Nunez OUT, Maximiliano Gonzales IN; Giorgian de Arrascaeta OUT, Agustin Cannobio
Ghana on the backfoot now. They are strong in the midfield but their attack lacks finishing and that is a concern with just under 15 minutes on the clock
Inaki Williams OUT, Antoine Semenyo IN; Salis Abdul Samed OUT, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh
Valverde takes a long range attempt on the volley. It is on target but Zigi palms it away. Good save from the goalie
Corner for Ghana and Rahman takes it. He whips out a searching cross but the defense clears it
Luis Suarez OUT, Edinson Cavani IN; Pellistri OUT, Nicolas de la Cruz IN
SO CLOSE!! Pellestri gets the ball inside the box from Valverde and the former attempts a shot but it goes out brushing past the crossbar
Suarez is booked for his behaviour. Referee was running in to give a freekick for Ghana after Valverde’s rash tackle on Partey. But Suarez kicks the ball away and that resulted in him getting the yello
Nunez runs into the penalty box dangerously close to scoring. Arrascaeta came up with the long lofted ball. Amartey is the culprit yet again. Possible penalty check!! Amartey’s challenge did not look clean but VAR says otherwise. No penalty
Both the temas take it slow. Ghana has been aggressive since the start of this half
Since detailed collection began in 1966, Ghana is the only side to miss two penalties against a single opponent at the World Cup, excluding shoot-outs (in 2010 and 2022 vs Uruguay). (Via Opta)
Immediate attack from Ghana. Baba Rahman whips out a lofted ball to find Ayew right at the edge of the box. The latter shoots but it goes agonisingly close past Kudus. Rochet is injured and down. Replay shows Kudus while running, collided into the goalkeeper
As we wait..
Uruguay has never lost a FIFA World Cup match against an African nation (W2 D2), with all four meetings coming in the 21st century – 3-3 vs Senegal (2002), 3-0 vs South Africa (2010), 1-1 vs Ghana (2010) and 1-0 vs Egypt (2018).
An entertaining first 45 minutes comes to an end. With knockouts qualification in stake, Ghana will be keen to look for breakthroughs while Uruguay will look to carry its momentum into the second half.
Pellestri goes down heavily there as Amartey dashes on to him inside the penalty box. Zigi gets the ball eventually. Uruguay players argue for a penalty but it is not given
Varela gets space on the right and he runs deep into the Ghana half but the effort is in vein as he fails to pick any of his teammates
EIGHT ADDITIONAL MINUTES!
Suarez on the deep left flank puts in a cheeky little move and nutmegs Inaki Williams in an attempt to cross but the ball is out. Suarez claims a corner but the referee thinks otherwise and awards a goal kick
Chaos in the middle. Three players are down and are claiming fouls. Seidu is the first to fall following an unintentional stomp from Arrascaeta. Next on the list is Suarez, he falls down after a tackle. Shortly after, Amartey is down after Bentancur hits him from behind. Nobody is penalised and the game continues
The Uruguay frontline is constantly exploiting the Ghanaian defense. Nunez on the right decieves the defender and puts in a low cross but the ball is cleared
Kudus comes in with an audacious long range hit and it is deflected off Gimenez out for a corner. Nothing comes off it
ARRASCAETAAAAA!!!!! THE MAN GETS HIS BRACE AND WHAT A TIME TO DELIVER FOR HIS COUNTRY!!! It is the same combination from the first goal. Suarez’s brilliant lofted bal links up Arrascaeta inside the penalty box and the number 10 shoots it home just like clockwork
Suarez is down holding his leg. Seidu it is, yet again with a rash tackle. But the defender is let off with a warning
Arrascaeta!!! URUGUAY TAKES THE LEAD!!! Suarez receieves a brilliant long ball from the left, puts in a shot that Zigi puts a hand to it with a dive. The ball bounces and Arrascaeta is there to head it home!!
Brilliant move from Salisu!! Nunez runs in dangerously towards the goal, Ati Zigi comes forward but Nunez Chips it in. Salisu overtakes the ball to keep it out of danger
Andre Ayew stands to take the shot. OOHHH!!! HISTORY REPEATS! ROCHET SAVES!!! Ayew tried to slot it in the right bottom corner but Rochet does well with a full lenght dive to save it
What a play from Ghana!! Inaki williams does well to put in a clever through ball to find Ayew who puts in a shot, Rochet stumbles and Kudus runs towards the ball. Rochet dives to push it away. WAIT A MINUTE!! VAR check for a possible penalty and it is GIVEN!!!
SO CLOSE!! Suarez’s cheeky header finds a running Nunez. The Liverpool forward runs into the penalty box with intent but Seidu puts in a timely sliding tackle to stop him in his tracks
The game is getting physical by the minute. Valverde is fouled by Samed
Dangerous run from Pellestri on the right as he puts in a searching low cross but there is no one to get it and Salisu is there to clear it. Varela-Pellistri link-up resulted in this attack
A short counter attack from Ghana as Jordan Ayew makes a run on the left. But two Uruguay defenders converge and force the ball out of play
Bentancur makes a brilliant run, racing past a couple of white shirts and finds a running Nunez who receives the ball in the penalty box. But Ghana defense reacts immediately to avert danger
Salisu’s interception on Varela puts the ball out of play and it is a throw for Uruguay
A foul to start off staright away!! Kudus and Gimenez collide and the Uruguay star is down in pain. Kudus is let off with a warning
Uruguay starts the proceedings and it is the captain Luis Suarez who will have his first kick of the match
All set at the Al Janoub stadium and it is time for national anthems. Ghana’s anthem is being played first and will be followed by Uruguay’s anthem. Luis Suarez is starting in what is going to be a mouth watering clash both in terms of qualification criteria and its history.
8:20pm: Meanwhile - Ghana is looking to win consecutive World Cup games for the second time, previously doing so on MD2 and MD3 in 2006 (vs Czech Republic and USA). Victory here will see it reach the knockout rounds for the third time in its four appearances at the World Cup.
8:00pm: Cautious - Following its 2-0 defeat to Portugal, Uruguay is looking to avoid losing two group stage matches in a single edition of the World Cup for the first time since 1974
When Suarez put his hand out for his country - Here’s what happened last time when the former Barcelona star started for Uruguay against Ghana in the World Cup
World Cup form:
Ghana: Lost 2-3 vs Portugal; Won 3-2 vs South Korea
Uruguay: drew 0-0 vs South Korea; Lost 0-2 vs Portugal
07:12pm - Uruguay has never lost a FIFA World Cup match against an African nation (W2 D2), with all four meetings coming in the 21st century – 3-3 vs Senegal (2002), 3-0 vs South Africa (2010), 1-1 vs Ghana (2010) and 1-0 vs Egypt (2018).
7:00pm - That’s some history: The only previous FIFA World Cup meeting between Ghana and Uruguay was a famous quarter-final match in 2010, a 1-1 draw in which Uruguay’s Luis Suárez was sent off for deliberate handball, but Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting penalty. Uruguay ending up progressing via penalty shootout.
Ghana and Uruguay meet at the World Cup on Friday in a repeat of one of the tournament’s most contentious games.
“It was a really, really long time ago,” Ghana coach Otto Addo said.
Maybe so, but to many Ghanaians the quarterfinal defeat to Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup is still a raw and painful memory.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s deliberate handball on the goal-line at the end of extra time denied Ghana a certain goal and a place in history as the first African team to reach the semis. Suarez was sent off for the handball but celebrated wildly on the sidelines when Asamoah Gyan hit the resulting penalty off the crossbar. Uruguay won the ensuing penalty shootout.
To make it worse, Suarez boasted after the 2010 game: “Truth is, it was worth it.”
Twelve years later, Ghana now has a chance to settle the score. By beating Uruguay in their final Group H match, Ghana would advance to the round of 16, while knocking Uruguay out of the tournament.
Though the match in Al Wakrah has been circled as one to watch ever since the World Cup draw was made in April, Addo tried his best to cast is as a “normal game.”
“I’m not really thinking about revenge,” he said, adding he remembered watching Ghana’s agonizing loss on TV in 2010. “But it’s 12 years ago and now it’s a different match with a different approach. So I don’t see it as a revenge.”
Ghana, which squeezed out a thrilling 3-2 win over South Korea in its last game, must win again in Al Wakrah to be certain of going past the group stage for the first time since 2010. A draw could also be enough depending on the result of South Korea vs. Portugal.
Captain Andre Ayew is the only Ghana player in Qatar who was on the 2010 squad.
Uruguay has a handful, including the 35-year-old Suarez, who is playing what’s likely his farewell World Cup before winding down a career that saw him celebrated as one of the best forwards in the world at one point. He won the Copa America with Uruguay and Spanish league titles and a Champions League trophy with Barcelona.
Suarez also carved out a reputation as one of the game’s most controversial characters and has also been punished three times for biting opponents, including a four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Suarez started Uruguay’s 0-0 draw with South Korea in Qatar but was left on the bench for the 2-0 loss to Portugal, which left Uruguay bottom of the group.
Uruguay must now beat Ghana and hope South Korea doesn’t beat Portugal to extend its stay at the World Cup and Suarez’s international career for at least one more game. Goal difference will decide it if Uruguay and South Korea both win.
Stoking it up just a little, Suarez said the 2010 game against Ghana does still mean something.
“We are going to put our lives and soul into this match,” Suarez said. “Ghana is a good team but we know them, we have beaten them before and we know how to beat them again.”
Where will the Ghana vs Uruguay World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Ghana vs Uruguay match will kick off at the Al Bayt Stadium.
When will Ghana vs Uruguay World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Ghana vs Uruguay match will kick-off at 8:30 PM IST on December 2, 2022.
Where can you watch the Ghana vs Uruguay match in India?
The Ghana vs Uruguay World Cup opening match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
Where can you watch the Ghana vs Uruguay match outside India?
The following list shows where you can watch the Ghana vs Uruguay match outside India:
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.
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