Ghana vs Uruguay faces off on Friday in the hope of sealing a spot in the knockout stages of the World Cup.
Blessed with a talented squad, La Celeste have so far flattered to deceive and in this outing will be looking to avoid making unwanted history.
That’s because the South American side are looking to avoid losing two group-stage matches in a single World Cup campaign for the first time since 1974, and if they fail to score again here for a third successive group-stage match, they’ll become the first South American team to remain goalless across a whole World Cup campaign since Peru in 1978.
Ghana won’t prove to be pushovers, though, after netting five goals across two matches in Qatar despite coming into the tournament as the lowest-ranked nation.
The African side will also know that taking just a point against Uruguay in this heavyweight clash at Al Bayt Stadium could still be enough to send them through to the Round of 16 against all the odds.
Left-back Gideon Mensah was forced off late on in the victory over South Korea but later confirmed he was just dealing with cramp, suggesting he should be fit enough to feature once again.
We’re still yet to see centre-back Ronald Araujo and we might not see him at all after the Barcelona man suffered a relapse to the injury which nearly ruled him out of the competition in the first place.
Araujo isn’t expected back until the knockout stages, but given Uruguay’s struggles so far, he might not get the chance to return.
Ghana vs Uruguay: Head to Head:
The two teams have met just once thus far, with that meeting taking place in the quarter-finals of the 2010 edition.
The game went into extra time after the scoreline remained 1-1 after 90 minutes. They could not be separated in extra time either.
Luis Suarez was involved in the now infamous incident as he blocked an effort that was clearly heading for the back of the net with his hands. Ghana missed the penalty and the game was decided on a penalty shootout. Uruguay won it 4-2.
Ghana Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Ati-Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Salisu, Mensah; Partey, Abdul Samed; Kudus, A. Ayesw, J. Ayew; Williams
Bench: Danlad, Nurudeen, Aidoo, Djiku, Seidu, Rahman, Odoi, Owusu, Kyereh, Sulemana, Barnieh, Bukari, Fatawu, Sowah, Semenyo
Uruguay Starting XI (3-5-2): Rochet; Giminez, Coates, Godin; Varela, De Arrascaeta, Valverde, Bentanur, Nunez; Suarez, Cavani
Bench: Muslera, Sosa, Caceres, Vina, Rodriguez, Torreira, Ugarte, De la Cruz, Vecino, Torres, Canobbio, Pellistri, Gomez, Olivera
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