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Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored twice as Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0 but it was not enough to keep them in the World Cup after South Korea pipped them to the Group H runners-up spot with victory over Portugal.

Ghana, who famously missed an extra-time spot-kick in a quarter-final against Uruguay in South Africa 12 years ago, spurned the chance to take the lead in the 21st minute when Andre Ayew’s tame penalty was easily saved by Sergio Rochet.

Uruguay made them pay with their first goals of the tournament as De Arrascaeta headed the ball over the line from close-range after a shot from Luis Suarez in the 26th minute and doubled their lead with a superb volley after Suarez was again involved in the build-up six minutes later, although he would be in tears on the bench by full-time.

The win lifted Uruguay to third place on four points, the same as South Korea, who squeaked through with more goals scored in the tournament after netting a late winner in a 2-1 victory over Portugal. Ghana finished bottom of the group with three points.

Relive the action with our live blog below or relive South Korea vs Portugal live HERE:


Report from the other Group H game: Hwang Hee-Chan strikes dramatic winner to send South Korea through after beating Portugal

Just as the PA system announced six minutes of stoppage time at the Education City Stadium, Son Heung-Min’s wait was finally over. For the previous ninety, he had barely had a chance to do what he does best and run at a broken and splintered defence. Now, with half of it caught upfield for a set-piece, finally, here was his chance, writes Mark Critchley in Doha.

Son burst away, darting towards Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa, yet even his furious pace was not at full pelt after a gruelling final game in Group F that had appeared headed for a draw. White shirts began to crowd him. He had run into traffic. But thankfully, he had Hwang Hee-Chan in support.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers forward’s late finish and Uruguay’s mere two-goal victory over Ghana – eventually confirmed five minutes or so after the sound of the final whistle, to a joyous Korean huddle in the centre circle of the pitch – was enough for Asia’s most successful footballing nation and its biggest star to reach the last-16.

Son did not score the last-gasp goal that sent South Korea to the knockout stages of a World Cup for only the third time in their history – he is still waiting for his first in Qatar – but given his tears of joy at full time, you imagine he will remember this as the most important assist of his career.

Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:31


Luis Suarez endures rollercoaster of emotions as Uruguay suffer cruel World Cup exit

The devilish grin painted across his face in the first half soon turned to sheer panic and then despair as Luis Suarez processed Uruguay’s fate. Out of the World Cup on goals scored, to the delight of South Korea, Suarez was agonisingly close to one last inspiring performance, writes Jack Rathborn.

The divisive forward had earlier cackled in delight after inspiring a two-goal lead, thrilled to play the role of the “devil” at the expense of Ghana once more. But that joy would turn sour after Hwang Hee-Chan’s late, late winner for South Korea, who usurped La Celeste to finish behind Portugal in Group H.

For so long Uruguay’s saviour, Suarez had delivered when most had dismissed him as merely an enigmatic presence in a camp between generations, having hopelessly toiled away against South Korea and Portugal.

Goalless and desperate for three points, Diego Alonso pinned his hopes on Suarez one last time. Having made a career of tormenting opponents with his belligerent workrate, Suarez was forced into Plan B with his legs betraying him.

Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:24


Suarez in tears

If you missed Luis Suarez in tears after seeing Uruguay exit the World Cup…


Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:21


Ghana vs Uruguay player ratings: Giorgian de Arrascaeta shines but both teams head home

Uruguay suffered late heartache as they exited the World Cup despite winning 2-0 against Ghana.

A missed first-half penalty by Andre Ayew ultimately proved the African side’s best chance of progression, with Giorgian de Arrascaeta scoring twice in quick succession thereafter at the other end to take the game away from them.

But South Korea nabbing a late winner against Portugal meant both teams needed another very late goal of their own – two in Ghana’s case – and the game became wildly open in the closing stages.

Edinson Cavani thought he should have had a late penalty himself and then spurned a shooting chance, as both nations ultimately go home early.

Here are the player ratings from the final Group H game:

Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:19


Ghana haunted by Uruguay again as World Cup history repeats itself

On paper, Ghana could not have asked for a better chance against Uruguay, writes Jamie Braidwood. As Andre Ayew stood over the penalty spot, history was there to be rewritten. It was the moment Ghana dreamed of: the chance, perhaps not to heal the scars of Johannesburg, but to move on and leave them behind. The opportunity to knock Uruguay out of the World Cup was one that was raised when the group stage draw was made months, for it to arrive when their own progress was on the line added a sense of ambition to their lust for revenge.

On paper, a penalty, from 12 yards, at 0-0, was as clear an opportunity as you could imagine.

But this was not just any penalty, and this was not just any World Cup fixture. Ghana had not been denied a goal this time, unlike when Luis Suarez punched the ball off the line 12 years ago. Mohammed Kudus was instead taken down by the Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet when he was running out of pitch, close to the byline. The end result was the same. A Ghanaian stood with the ball, facing a Uruguay goalkeeper.

Ayew was an unused substitute that night in Johannesburg, watching on as Asamoah Gyan clipped the crossbar, and the chance to reach a historic World Cup semi-final slipped from their grasp. Suarez would have been yards away. Ayew may even have heard his yelps as he celebrated in glee after his red card went unpunished. The Uruguay striker had been cast as “the devil himself” before this Group H decider – he has haunted Ghana ever since, as much as Gyan’s miss.

Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:13


Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

A deflated atmosphere here as both teams crash out. Luis Suarez was in tears on the bench when he found out Hwang Hee-chan had put South Korea in front and then at full-time when Uruguay’s exit was confirmed



Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:10


FULL-TIME! Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

It’s over! Both teams are out as South Korea go through. Heartbreak and Luis Suarez is in tears on the bench.

Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:04


Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

90+10 mins: De La Cruz hits it… On target but saved easily.

Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:03


Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

90+9mins: Gomez fouled. Last-chance saloon for Uruguay about 25 yards out. Have to hit this free-kick

Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:03


Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

90+8 mins: One last chance for Uruguay? A hopeful ball smashed forward runs harmlessly through to Ati-Zigi. We’ve passed the eight minute-mark of injury time. There were only eight minutes signalled.

Luke Baker2 December 2022 17:02