Ghana continue their run as the only African team left in the competition to the quarter final stage where their opponents, Uruguay will be by far the stiffest test they’ve faced so far at South Africa 2010. Uruguay come into this one fresh off beating South Korea by 2 goals to 1 thanks to a Luis Suarez double; with Suarez now picking up form Uruguay look in a great position for a semi-final place.
Milovan Rajevac’s young Ghana team has done superbly well to negotiate their way to the quarter-final stage and could make history as the first ever African team to progress to the semi-finals of the World Cup if they overcome Uruguay. Their squad contains attacking players who are great to watch and have tremendous skill with the ball at their feet and defensive players who are strong and resolute in completing their duties at the back. Asamoah Gyan is the focal point of almost every Ghanaian attacking move. In their second round game against the U.S., it was Gyan`s superbly taken goal in extra time that gave them the victory and the young striker has been in great form over the entire tournament with three goals to his name so far.
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Uruguay vs Ghana Odds:
Uruguay Advances (-181)
Ghana Advances (+161)
One issue for Ghana going into this game is that their form against South American opposition is quite poor. They were defeated by Brazil in the second round of the 2006 World Cup and were beaten 2-0 by Argentina in a friendly in October 2009. To avoid a similar result against Uruguay, they will have to make better use of goal-scoring opportunities, as the South Americans team`s defense is one of the strongest at the World Cup and any chances they do get will have to be capitalized on. While goalkeeper Richard Kingson has been an imperious form, a clean sheet against this Uruguayan attack looks doubtful, especially with first-choice centre-back Jonathan Mensah suspended and Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan in tremendous form for the opposition.
Uruguay were dark horses going into South Africa 2010 and they`re doing their best to live up to their potential and upset the established order of nations that do well at the World Cup. As previous World Cup Winners, Uruguay do have a significant reputation, but they last won the trophy in 1950, so winning this game will help bring Uruguay`s history of World Cup success into the 21st century.
Oscar Tabarez`s men have strength in defense with Captain Diego Lugano leading his team heroically throughout their games in South Africa. Their attack is based around the enigmatic Diego Forlan, the striker is deadly from any position around the penalty area and has developed into the one of the best attacking talents in world football. Alongside Forlan, Ajax striker Luis Suarez is finally starting to come into the form many expected of him. His second goal against South Korea exemplified the skill and keen eye for goal that Suarez has in his locker. The curled game-winning effort from the edge of the penalty will live long in the memory and his partnership with Forlan will likely lead to more great World Cup memories to come for the South American team.
Uruguay are the strong favorites in this one according to the bookmakers. But expect a tight game between two teams who like to attack in numbers and play the game with a fast pace. If Ghana can somehow keep both Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan out of the game they stand a big chance of progressing, but Uruguay should have too much attacking talent for a hardworking but fragile Ghana defense.
Uruguay vs Ghana Prediction: Uruguay 2 – 1 Ghana.
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