JOHANNESBURG – Defeat for Ghana couldn't come heavier than today's match against Uruguay, losing 4 - 2 on penalty shootouts after strongly demonstrating their superiority to their adversaries. Winning was a must for Ghana, after all, they were the last African team in the tournament, the first ever being played in the African soil.
Uruguay's victory was sweet, but truly unworthy to them, after struggling against the Black Stars of Ghana for the entire game. Luck was indeed on their side, after Gyan, the talented striker Ghana player missed the penalty kick at the very last second of the overtime, which could have undoubtedly secured their position to the next round, making history.
For Ghana, there is no one to blame, but just the fact that today was not their day. They truly dominated the game and took advantage of any opportunity that came to their hands. Ghana carried the weight of an entire continent's soccer hopes — the other five African nations did not advance — and became the third African team to exit in the quarterfinals of a World Cup. The Black Stars couldn't replicate the opportunism they used to beat the United States in extra time six days ago.
Uruguay continues the journey, with the hope of winning their third world cup, with the first and second which happened in 1930 and 1950, beating Brazil at the final.