Luis Suarez Handball: When did Uruguay’s Ace stop the goal against Ghana?
Background on Luis Suarez’s infamous handball against Ghana and biting him in the 2014 World Cup
Uruguay and Ghana are set to face off in the highly anticipated final group match of the World Cup this afternoon, with both teams needing a win to qualify for the knockout stages.
The South American side have been let down in the tournament so far, although many are likely to be ‘dark horses’ this year. They only picked up one point from their first two matches, a goalless draw with South Korea which made history as neither team had a shot on goal before suffering a 2-0 defeat by Portugal.
Meanwhile, Ghana looked more vibrant and finished second in Group H after their dramatic 3-2 win over South Korea on Monday. A win for Ghana would see them through to the last 16, but Uruguay will need the three points and hope South Korea fail to pull off an upset against Cristiano Ronaldo’s side.
While tension builds as both countries look to secure the top two spots, the name on everyone’s lips is Luis Suarez – and not that he hasn’t scored a World Cup yet. The forward is deeply unpopular in Ghana for his past World Cup exploits and Otto Addo’s side will be desperate for revenge against Uruguay in today’s match.
What happened in the last Uruguay and Ghana meeting in the World Cup?
The only other competitive meeting between Uruguay and Ghana came in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup. After goals from Sulley Muntari and Diegoorlán, Ghana were denied a dramatic late victory when Suarez deliberately saved a Dominic Adia’s shot on the line with his hand to prevent them from advancing. The striker was shown a straight red card and the Africans were awarded a penalty, but Asamoah Gyan’s chance was smashed off the crossbar and Suarez could be seen celebrating on the side of the pitch. Uruguay beat Ghana on penalties, denying the Black Stars the chance to become the first African team to reach the last four at the World Cup.
To make matters worse, Suarez was questioned about the incident and Ghana’s opinion of it at a press conference earlier this week and the 35-year-old refused to apologize 12 years later. Suarez said, “I played handball, but the Ghana player missed the penalty kick, not me. I would probably apologize if I interfered, hit a player and got a red card. But in this case…it’s not my fault. I didn’t miss the penalty. The player who misses the penalty kick He will do the same. It’s not my responsibility how he took the penalty.”
Who was bitten by Luis Suarez in the 2014 World Cup?
Luis Suarez’s handball in 2010 wasn’t the only World Cup contention as he became the talk of the next tournament four years later, too. Uruguay faced Italy in its last group match and needed a win to qualify, while Italy only needed a draw. With just over 10 minutes remaining, Suarez clashed with Giorgio Chiellini and replays showed the former Liverpool star lunged at Chiellini and bit his shoulder before falling and grabbing his face. Despite protests from the Italian side, Suarez was not penalized and Uruguay went to a corner kick and scored – eliminating Italy from the tournament.
Two days later, theIFA Disciplinary Committee banned Suarez from nine international matches and the striker did not play any further part in the World Cup, he also missed the 2015 Copa América. He was also banned from participating in any football-related activity for four months.