After the first 45 minutes, Urguguay leads 2-0 against Ghana. The South Americans are currently qualified for the round of 16. The first excitement came in the 20th minute. Referee Daniel Siebert was radioed by the video referee and awarded a penalty after Uruguay keeper Sergio Rochet fouled Mohammed Kudus. André Ayew tried but failed. After that, Diego Alonso’s team was better in the game. Giorgian de Arrascaeta (26′, 31′) gave his country the lead with a brace. At the moment, a draw for Ghana would be enough for the round of 16, but that requires a significant improvement in performance.
Urguay takes a free kick into the penalty area from the right half of the field. Federico Valverde comes to the header. But he goes over the gate.
Official stoppage time (minutes): 8
Ghana are short-handed because Alidu Seidu needs treatment. Giorgian de Arrascaeta caught him in the duel with the studs on his stomach.
Five minutes are still on the clock in the first round. The game has calmed down a bit lately. Uruguay no longer consistently seeks the way forward. Ghana lacks the penetrating power on the offensive. Otto Addo’s team rarely comes to an end.
Ghana is trying to get back into the game. Mohammed Kudus is looking for a degree again. His shot from 20 meters is blocked at the edge of the penalty area. There is a corner kick.
A bitter game for the Ghanaians. First, André Ayew misses a penalty. The deficit then follows with a brace from Giorgian de Arrascaeta.
Matías Vecino comes on for Uruguay
Substitution for Uruguay: Rodrigo Bentancur
Rodrigo Bentancur needs treatment on the pitch. It doesn’t look like he’ll be able to continue. There was no sign of any impact from the enemy.
Tooor for Uruguay, 0:2 by Giorgian de Arrascaeta
Uruguay follows up! A cross from the right sends Luis Suárez through to Giorgian de Arrascaeta with just one touch in the left half of the box. He takes the ball directly and nets a left-footed shot from eight yards.
The opening goal puts Uruguay in second place – they are currently in the round of 16. Almost at the same time, South Korea also equalized in Portugal and is therefore in contention.
Tooor for Uruguay, 0:1 by Giorgian de Arrascaeta
The ball bounces in the net! Luis Suárez fills up the penalty area with speed. From ten meters he holds onto it with full force. Lawrence Ati-Zigi fails to get hold of the ball. Giorgian de Arrascaeta takes advantage of this and heads the ball over the line from close range.
On the other side Uruguay gets the chance! Darwin Núñez moves into the box and immediately seeks closure. Goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi is already beaten, but Mohammed Salisu clears for a corner just before the line.
Penalty missed by André Ayew, Ghana
That does not exist! André Ayew shoots the ball at goal with too little steam. Sergio Rochet chooses the right corner and parries the leather away to the side.
Darwin Núñez (Uruguay) is shown a yellow card.
Darwin Núñez complained loudly about the decision. He sees a yellow card for that.
Penalty for Ghana! Referee Daniel Sieber corrected the decision. First, an offside position is checked. Since this is not available, Sergio Rochet’s alleged foul play is also being scrutinized again. Siebert goes to the side of the page himself and looks at the situation. Then he points to the point.
video proof! Uruguay keeper Sergio Rochet has to intervene for the first time. Jordan Ayew fires a tight low shot from the edge of the penalty area. The keeper parries the ball to the side. Mohammed Kudus is there for the rebound but is tripped up by the goalkeeper who throws himself into him. The video referee looks at the situation again!
Uruguay overplayed Ghana’s midfield with an extended header. The ball lands Darwin Núñez, who tries to tank through the box. He passes two opponents, but Alidu Seidu gets stuck.
In the parallel game, Portugal took the lead against South Korea. Dast is good for Ghana, which would also be enough for a draw to progress.
The game moves mainly between the two penalty areas. The teams are solid on defense. So far there have not been any noteworthy scenes in the last third of the game.
Luis Suárez sends Darwin Núñez into the penalty area. Just before the edge of the penalty area, Núñez goes down in a duel after a light touch. He calls for a free kick, but the German referee Daniel Siebert allows the match to continue.
The ball rolls! Which team gets off to a better start and is in the last 16 of the World Cup after 90 minutes?
Uruguay were too harmless in the first group game against South Korea. The South Americans couldn’t get past a 0-0 draw. In the game against Portugal, Diego Alonso’s team played well at times but eventually lost 2-0. They are doomed to win today. The coach changes his staff in three positions. Diego Godín, Matías Vecino and Edinson Cavani have to sit on the bench. Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Facundo Pellistri and Luis Suárez are new to the starting line-up.
Ghana had to play against Portugal and lost against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. 2:3. However, with the 3-2 win over South Korea, Otto Addo’s team secured a good starting position to reach the round of 16. There are two changes compared to the game against South Korea. Abdul Rahman Baba and Alidu Seidu will start for Tariq Lamptey and Gideon Mensah.
In Group H, Ghana, South Korea and Uruguay are in a hot battle for second place. Top of the group with six points, Portugal has already qualified for the round of 16. Ghanaians have three points in the account. That puts them ahead of South Korea and Uruguay by one point each. While Uruguay need a win, a draw is enough for Ghana – but then South Korea cannot win by two goals against Portugal. So it’s going to be exciting!
Hello and welcome to the end of the group H preliminary round. Ghana meets Uruguay at the Al Janoub Stadium in al-Wakrah. Have fun!