The Uruguay national team had to cry after the 2-0 victory they won over Ghana in the last Group H match of the 2022 World Cup, Friday (2/12/2022). Luis Suarez et al. could not hide the sadness after the ticket for the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup disappeared before our eyes in the final 9 minutes of the match.
The Uruguayan national team won 2-0 over Ghana in the first round. Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored a brace in the 26th and 32′ minutes.
The advantage of these two goals put Uruguay in front of getting a ticket to the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, accompanying Portugal, which has confirmed itself through after winning the previous two matches. In another match in Group H at that time, South Korea and Portugal were drawing 1-1.
However, when the match between Ghana and Uruguay entered the 89th minute, the situation became full of drama. South Korea managed to score a goal against Portugal in the 91+1 minute and made it 2-1.
The 2-1 position made South Korea the frontrunner to win one remaining ticket to the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup. Korea and Uruguay both scored four points, making Ghana drop to fourth place.
Not only are South Korea and Uruguay the same number of points, the goal difference between the two teams is also the same, which is 0. It’s just that South Korea is at the forefront because they have superior goal productivity, which is 4 goals compared to Uruguay, which only has 2 goals.
When South Korea took the lead, the final match of the 2022 World Cup group phase between Ghana and Uruguay only entered the 89th minute and got 8 minutes of added time in injury time. The look on the faces of the Uruguayan players and their supporters changed.
9 Minutes That Are So Fast, Luis Suarez Is Anxious on the Bench
South Korea’s advantage in the final minutes of the match made Uruguay anxious. The ticket for the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup that was in sight disappeared instantly and they had to catch it in one final minute plus 8 minutes of added time.
Luis Suarez, who had left the field and was replaced by Edinson Cavani in the second half, seemed unable to hold back his tears. The former Liverpool and Barcelona striker is visibly worried about his team’s chances of surviving the 2022 World Cup.
Luis Suarez even appeared several times to step into the coach’s technical area to provide encouragement and instructions to his colleagues on the field.
Edinson Cavani even got an opportunity during injury time. It’s a shame that the Ghana goalkeeper, Lawrence Ati-Zigi, managed to save his hard header.
Entering the final minutes of injury time, Uruguay got a free kick from a distance that was quite possible to get a goal. Unfortunately, Nicolas de la Cruz’s shot was caught well by Lawrence Ati-Zigi.
The Game Ends, Uruguay Weeps in Victory
The catch of the Ghana goalkeeper made the referee blow the long whistle to signal the end of the game. Uruguay also failed to progress to the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup despite winning in their last match in Group H of the 2022 World Cup.
Several Uruguayan players responded to the situation by swearing at the referee who was leading the match. Edinson Cavani and Jose Gimenez were seen protesting the referee’s leadership which resulted in a yellow card being issued at the end of the match.
Darwin Nunez seemed unable to contain his disappointment. Mathias Olivera was hugged by Uruguay’s senior goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera, because of the disappointment they felt.
Luis Suarez returned to the field to approach his friends with weak steps. Uruguay had to go home with great disappointment because it depended on another match.