Ghana continues to carry Africa’s remaining World Cup hopes after booking a shock but deserved place into the quarter-finals with an extra time win over the United States, who had topped their group which also included England and Algeria.
Before the Black Stars, only two other African teams, Cameroon (1990) and Senegal (2002) had previously reached the last eight of the world’s biggest football competition.
But despite overcoming the American, whom they have now beaten twice in as many World Cup meetings, Ghana’s next opponents appear to be a team on a mission.
Uruguay, the smallest remaining country at the World Cup stormed the quarterfinals after beating South Korea 2-1 in the first game of the second round on Saturday.
Contrary to Ghana, who are only playing in their second World Cup, Uruguay won the competition in 1930 and 1950. However, since then they had only reached the last 16 at Italia ’90.
The South American country will face Ghana in the quarterfinal on Friday, the first time in 40 years Uruguay has reached that stage of the tournament and they will fancy their chances of reaching the last four.