Uruguay ahead Luis Suarez says he will not apologise for the deliberate handball that knocked Ghana out of the 2010 World Cup – as the 2 nations put together to reunite on Friday.
In what was one of probably the most controversial moments in World Cup historical past, Suarez denied Ghana a late winner within the World Cup quarter-final 12 years in the past by intentionally dealing with Dominic Adiyah’s shot on the objective line.
Suarez was proven a straight crimson card for conceding a penalty after which wildly celebrated off the pitch as Asamoah Gyan crashed his spot kick off the bar. Uruguay went on to beat Ghana on penalties to deny the Black Stars the possibility of changing into the primary African facet to attain the final 4 of the World Cup.
Twelve years later, Uruguay and Ghana meet within the group levels on Friday and the winner will knock the opposite out of the match.
Suarez took half in a pre-match press convention on Thursday the place one journalist advised the striker that sections of the Ghanaian public describe him as “the devil himself” and so they look ahead to his retirement.
“I did the handball, but the Ghana player missed the penalty, not me,” replied the striker.
“Maybe I’d apologise if I did a sort out, injured a participant and took a crimson card. But on this state of affairs… it is not my fault.
“I didn’t miss the penalty. The player who missed the penalty, he would do the same. It’s not my responsibility how he shot the penalty.”
This is Ghana’s likelihood for revenge
Sky Sports’ Ben Grounds:
Mark the date: December 2 at 3pm.
This is a shootout for the final 16, a decider laced in a dozen years of narrative and ill-feeling.
When Ghana face Uruguay on the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, the Black Stars will be aiming for revenge.
Former captain Stephen Appiah lately stated in an interview with Al Jazeera: “I get goosebumps when I hear about the 2010 World Cup. It will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
Ghana are again on the worldwide stage in Qatar and reasonably deliciously, Suarez remains to be within the Uruguay squad.
It is an opportunity for a nation to rid themselves of a nightmare that has gripped than for 12 lengthy years.
Speaking earlier than the match concerning the rematch with Suarez, Ghana coach Otto Addo stated: “I’m sure that’ll be in the back of the minds of some players because it was a decisive game, not just for Ghana but for Africa as a whole.”
What do Ghana and Uruguay want to qualify?
Portugal have already secured their development with two wins from two however nonetheless want a degree to be declared group winners.
Ghana are the one remaining rival for high spot, however the Africans may nonetheless end behind each South Korea and Uruguay.
For these two groups, the equation is easy: Win or go residence. But even successful could not be sufficient: A win for each Uruguay and South Korea would depart them degree on 4 factors and separated solely on objective distinction, whereas a win for South Korea could be educational if Ghana beat Uruguay and a degree for Ghana coupled with a win for Korea would additionally make objective distinction – and probably objectives scored – the last word adjudicator.