Uruguay became the luckiest team in the 2010 World Cup when Asamoah Gyan’s penalty struck the crossbar on the last kick of extra-time. The miss sent the tied game to a penalty shoot-out eventually won by Uruguay 4-3 over dumbstruck Ghana. Sulley Muntari gave Ghana a shocking lead just moments before half-time when his long-range shot slipped past Fernando Muslera. But Diego Forlán (pictured) equalized in the second half with a stunning free kick goal. There the score stood, knotted at 1-1 until the 120th minute. A mad scrap in front of goal saw a Ghanian shot headed toward goal, only to be blatantly handled on the line by Luis Suárez. A red card was shown and Gyan stepped up to send Ghana to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Only his attempt from the spot was just a bit too carless and sailed high enough that it clipped the crossbar and floated harmlessly away. Ghana, and indeed everyone on earth, were stunned. In the formal penalty shoot-out Uruguay survived one miss as Ghana had two shots saved. And ending it all, Sebastián Abreu chipped in his final penalty to send Uruguay to the semi-finals against Holland. Ghana were devastated, and rightfully so, as their chance to be the first African team to reach the semi-finals was thwarted in the most dramatic and preposterous fashion.


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