27.6.10

world cup 2010 – day 16: round of 16 starts, uruguay and ghana into last eight

June 26
URU 2 v KOR 1
GHA 2 v USA 1 (aet)

The Round of 16 started with grit last night, as both winners had to carve out narrow wins against their opponents. Luis-Suarez-Uruguay-v-Sou-006 First up was Uruguay and South Korea in the Port Elizabeth Stadium. Both teams were generally equal to each other, but it was La Celeste who drew first blood, when Luis Suarez scored into an empty net, after Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong made a mistake, failing to deal with Diego Forlan’s cross. The scoreline remained at half-time. South Korea went all guns blazing in the second, and was rewarded for their hard work and industry, scoring through Lee Chung-Young’s header in the 68th minute. It was however proved little for the Koreans, when Suarez scored a beauty in the 80th minute, curling his shot past the despairing Sung-Ryong. South Korea had their opportunities later on, but Uruguay held on, celebrating in the rain for their first quarter final since 1970. Applause

1260742_full-lnd Later in the day it was Africa’s sole representative Ghana’s turn to dispatch the USA in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. For the third time in 4 matches, USA fell behind when Kevin Prince Boateng scored in the 5th minute, with a left footer from the edge of the area. USA were well behind Ghana in the match until half-time. They improved in the second half, and got their reward when they were awarded a penalty after Clint Dempsey was felled in the area. Landon Donovan duly converted, and the score remained until full-time, moving the game into extra-time, the first of such in this year’s tournament. Ghana however scored early again in the extra-time, this time through their top-scorer, Asamoah Gyan. USA never look like threatening after that, not as they did in their previous matches, as the Black Stars kept the African flag flying in the tournament. Smug Next appointment, on 2nd July with Uruguay in Jo’burg.

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