Black Stars target revenge following 2010 heartbreak

 Story by Mthokozisi Dube

REVENGE will be the motivation for the Black Stars of Ghana, who face Uruguay at the 2022 FIFA World Cup tonight, hoping to qualify for the last 16 of the tournament.

Twelve years after a catastrophic penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final clash in which Luis Suarez used his hands to block the ball from crossing the line, Ghana face the same opponents once again.

The Black Stars have a chance of following Morocco and Senegal to the last 16, but it is Uruguay once again standing in their way in Group H, with the match starting at 5 pm. 

Portugal has already qualified from the group and Ghana, who lost 3-2 to Portugal and won with the same scoreline against South Korea, needs to beat Uruguay for them to qualify without having their fans take calculators.

A draw will also be enough for the Black Stars given that South Korea fail to beat Portugal by a huge score line.

Elsewhere, other African giants Cameroon have a daunting task when they face favourites, Brazil in Group G at 9. pm.

The Indomitable Lions can still make it into the knock-out stage of the tournament on goal difference if they win, provided that one of Switzerland and Serbia finish on four points.

In matches played this Thursday, Morocco and Croatia joined the last 16 after the Atlas Lions beat Canada 2-1, while Croatia and Belgium played to a goalless stalemate.

In group E, surprise packages Japan beat Spain 2-1 to finish top of a group that also had four-time champions, Germany.

Germany suffered a shock group-stage exit despite beating Costa Rica 4-2.

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