Ghana Out of World Cup 2010 After Asamoah Gyan’s Penalty Miss
This was maybe the single most exciting minute of World Cup 2010. It was definitely the cruelest minute of World Cup 2010.
With Ghana and Uruguay level at 1-1 in the final minute of extra time, Ghana launched a final attack, causing a mad scramble in the box. Uruguay saved, then cleared off the line legally, and then – at Ghana’s third attempt – Uruguay’s Luis Suarez handballed to keep the ball out. The result was a red card for Suarez, and a penalty for Ghana with time about to expire. If Asamoah Gyan could score from the spot (as he had done twice already in World Cup 2010) then Ghana would become the first African team in the World Cup semi-finals.
But he didn’t. Gyan hit the bar, and Ghana went on to lose to Uruguay in the penalty shootout, making maybe the cruelest and most bitterly ironic exit in World Cup history.