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Uruguay vs. Ghana
John J. Raspanti
If one word can describe some of the results and contenders in the 2010 World Cup that word would be...surprise. Uruguay and Ghana will battle for a spot in the semi-finals, and that just mentioned word is really at play here. Ghana made history when they defeated the United States 2-1, while Uruguay snuck past South Korea by the same score.
"It's incredible, we've created history, it's the first time that Ghana have reached the quarter-finals," said Ghana right-back John Pantsil. "We played for 120 minutes and everyone gave his best."
Uruguay is bidding to make it to the final four for the first time since 1970. Luis Suarez scored twice to propel them into the semi-finals; his second while sidestepping two defenders in the rain was struck near the penalty area. It was one of the more memorable goals of the World Cup.
"The truth is, I didn't realize the ball was going to go in," he said.
Diego Forlan and Suarez have become a very formable duo, with each complimenting the other. Forlan who has scored two goals thus far has been battling a toe injury, but the injury hasn't stopped him from practicing the last few days. Look for Diego to give it his all against The Black Stars. For Ghana...Asamoah Gyan who scored the game winner against the USA team, sprained his ankle slightly. Gyan said the injury is no factor and he will be ready for Uruguay. Andre Ayew has played very well for the Stars, showing some real smarts and touch. Asamoah is the key though, he's extremely fast with a very strong left leg.
Uruguay has allowed only one goal in their four previous matches. Their defense is tight and unbending. The question is whether that defense can withstand the exuberance and energy of the Ghana squad. Uruguay has the experience but Ghana has the youth and the entire African continent supporting them. The emotion will be running high on both sides.
Uruguay will come out attacking with Forlan and and Suarez looking to make an immediate impression. Ghana will refuse to bend, countering back but...there offensive could be a concern. Even though they have scored at least one goal in their previous matches...you have to ask yourself if one goal will be enough against the tough Uruguayans.
Look for Uruguay to exploit a mistake or two and prevail in an extremely competitive game.
You can wager on this game several ways. You can wager on Uruguay to advance at odds of -225 or you can bet on Ghana to advance at odds of +165. Or you can choose to wager on regulation time only, in which case Uruguay is +105, Ghana is +300 and a Draw is +205. Shop for the best odds at the top offshore sportsbooks before making your bets.