Uruguay beats Ghana 4-2 in penalty shootout

July 3, 2010 00:35

Uruguay reached the World Cup  semifinals for the first time since 1970, beating Ghana 4-2 in a penalty shootout Friday after the teams played to a 1-1 draw.

Sebastian Abreu hit the final penalty for Uruguay.Sulley Muntari gave Ghana the lead with a 35-yard left-footed strike seconds before halftime at Soccer City, but Diego Forlan tied the game on a free kick in the 55th minute

Asamoah Gyan had a chance to win the match for Ghana in extra time, but he hit the crossbar with a penalty after Luis Suarez was ejected for a hand ball on the goal line.

Uruguay will play the Netherlands in the semifinals on Tuesday in Cape Town.

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