Uruguay remain goalless in Globalism Cup and they must find their game against upcoming rivals Ghana in a restart of one of the most iconic matches in World Cup history if they are to advance to the next round of this tournament.
“We are looking forward to beating Ghana, there is no doubt about that. “If we have to make adjustments, this is what we will do,” said coach Diego Alonso after a 2-0 defeat against Portugal on Monday, which left Uruguay bottom of Group H.
Despite owning the attacking riches of Darwin Nunez, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, the South Americans also failed to score in their opening 0-0 draw with South Korea.
Their only chance of reaching the last 16 is Friday’s victory over Ghana, but the Africans will want to avenge the crushing defeat from Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup South Africa in a memorable and action-packed quarter-final.
In that match, Suarez hit his hand on the line in the dying minutes and was sent off, but Ghana missed the subsequent penalty kick and then lost the penalty shootout. This prevented them from becoming the first African team in history to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Suarez has been portrayed as the villain in the drama – and 12 years later he’s in Uruguay’s squad and may line up again against the Africans.
“For us, it’s a different history,” said Alonso, trying to downplay the historical resonance of that match.
They’re looking for the rating, so are we. It has nothing to do with what happened years ago.”
“need more gambling”
Despite Portugal dominating the Lusail Stadium, Rodrigo Bentancur, Maxi Gomez and Suarez came close to smashing Uruguay’s duck at the Qatar World Cup.
“We didn’t play well but we had chances and we were going forward. We were trying to. But sometimes opponents are good and they play well and they go against your game plan and don’t let you be where you want to be.”
The South Americans certainly played with more hitting and penetration after substitutes Facundo Pellestri and Giorgian de Arascaeta came on with half an hour left.
“Our game has improved with the new players. The game was asking them,” Santos said. At first, Portugal had the ball and controlled the ball. After that we played well. We need to gamble more and move more freely.”
Arascaita looked devastated by the Portugal defeat but was also determined ahead of the Ghana match.
“We have one match left and we have to keep going. There is no doubt that we have to win, whatever the cost.”
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