A handball from the past haunted the clash between Ghana and Uruguay. Now they're both ghosts as far as the 2022 World Cup is concerned.
Uruguayan sense of humour
For many Ghanaians Luis Suarez roams the firmament as the devil incarnate. His resident evil? To have handled the ball on the goal line in the dying seconds of extra-time during the quarter-final between Uruguay and Ghana at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was sent off for the horror and Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty. And then came the end of extra-time. In the subsequent penalty shoot-out, Ghana lost. It was a bit cheeky then of the Uruguay boss Diego Alonso to name Suarez as skipper for the final Group H game against Ghana. But effective mind games. André Ayew, who played in that match at Soccer City in Johannesburg, missed a penalty mid way through the first-half before the 35-year-old Suarez set up both goals in the 2-0 victory at the Al Thumama Stadium. He was a happy chap when he went off.
Footballing gods’ sense of humour
Existential sense of humour
The giant screens at the Al Thumama Stadium added a wry strand to the proceedings. As the game entered stoppage time, the state of the group was flashed up showing Portugal and South Korea as qualified. The glaring reality made the fans shout even louder for those eight minutes. The Uruguayans for the goal of salvation, for the Ghanaians the goal of sheer cussedness. No goals. And nothingness. World Cup non-existence.
Oddo man out
Read more on RFI English
Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 12 – Japan go on and Gemany falter
Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 11 – happy sleep means happy feet
Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 9 - goals, protest and questions