Uruguay vs. Ghana Fifa 2010 World Cup...So Close

Ghana Almost the First Africa Team to Make The Semi Finals

Uruguay survived when Ghana missed a penalty kick at the very end of extra time, then won the shootout 4-2 after a 1-1 draw in their World Cup quarterfinal Friday. The wild win sent the South Americans into the semifinals for the first time in 40 years. It sent the final African team home in tears.Sastian Abreu chipped in his penalty kick to give Uruguay a spot opposite the Netherlands in the final four.

Ghana missed twice in the shootout, but wouldn't have been there had Asamoah Gyan, who made two penalty kicks earlier in the tournament, not hit the crossbar on the final play of overtime.

So Uruguay, once a soccer power, most recently an afterthought, travels to Cape Town for Tuesday's semifinal. The last nation to make the tournament, it needed a playoff against Costa Rica just to get in.

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