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Ghana will take on Uruguay in Group H on Friday knowing that a victory would see them advance to the knockout round of the World Cup alongside Portugal.

The Black Stars are currently second in the group, two points ahead of fourth-placed Uruguay, who need to triumph to stand a chance of progressing to the last-16 stage of the tournament in Qatar.

Ghana will be looking for revenge against Uruguay following the extraordinary battle between the two teams in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

The South American nation progressed to the final four via a penalty shootout after the two teams finished level at 1-1 after 120 minutes of football, but there was huge controversy late on, with Luis Suarez receiving a red card for handling on the line in the final seconds; Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting spot kick, which sent the contest to penalties, with Uruguay reaching the final four for the first time since 1970.

Ghana can now eliminate Uruguay from the 2022 competition, with the Black Stars currently sitting second in Group H, having picked up three points from their opening two matches at the tournament, losing their section opener 3-2 to Portugal before recording a 3-2 victory over South Korea.

Uruguay have found it difficult to impress at the 2022 tournament, drawing 0-0 with South Korea in their opening match on November 24 before losing 2-0 to Portugal on Monday, which has left them bottom of Group H and facing an early exit from the competition.

Diego Alonso’s side will definitely be eliminated if they lose or draw this match, with only a win being good enough. Three points would be enough to advance if South Korea do not beat Portugal, although if both teams triumph, then second in the group will be decided on goal difference.

Uruguay, who famously won the World Cup in 1930 and 1950, certainly know what it takes to advance deep into the competition, having finished fourth at the 2010 competition before reaching the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively in 2014 and 2018.


Ghana possible starting lineup:

Ati-Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Mensah; Partey, Samed; Kudus, A Ayew, J Ayew; Williams

Uruguay possible starting lineup:

Rochet; Gimenez, Godin, Coates; Varela, Valverde, Bentancur, Vecino, Olivera; Nunez, Gomez


We say: Ghana 1-1 Uruguay

This has all of the makings of a very, very interesting game of football, and we are expecting an entertaining contest. Uruguay need to win, but Ghana will fancy their chances of claiming at least a point here, which would definitely be good enough to advance to the next round if South Korea do not overcome Portugal.

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