Dede Ayew Misses Penalty, Gives Ghanaians Broken Heart

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History repeated itself for Ghana on Friday afternoon as they spurned a chance from the penalty spot against Uruguay, only for Luis Suarez and co to punish them just minutes later

Andre Ayew missed from the spot against Uruguay in a repeat of the 2010 World Cup quarter-final between the pair
Andre Ayew missed from the spot against Uruguay in a repeat of the 2010 World Cup quarter-final between the pair

Ghana were left cursing their luck after missing another penalty against Uruguay – 12 years after Asamoah Gyan did the same thing in a World Cup semi-final.

The Black Stars were handed a massive chance to go ahead in their crucial final group game when Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet brought down Mohammed Kudus inside the box.

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Following a brief VAR check to ascertain whether Andre Ayew was offside in the build-up, the referee confirmed the spot-kick award, giving Ghana a brilliant opportunity to take the lead.

Ayew stepped up to take the penalty – and like his countryman Gyan 12 years previously – failed to find the back of the net, with Rochet making amends for his error by pulling off a crucial save.

Uruguay managed to clear the ball to keep the scoreline at 0-0 as TV cameras panned towards Suarez, the villain of the piece 12 years ago for his goal-line handball that denied Ghana a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

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Cameras panned to Luis Suarez after Ayew's miss
Cameras panned to Luis Suarez after Ayew’s miss

Needless to say, fans on social media watching the game were left feeling like they’d seen it all before. One wrote: “Ghana wasting a penalty against Uruguay talk about a deja vu”

Someone else said: “Another penalty miss for Ghana. Deja vu!” As a third added: “Ghana missing a crucial pen against Uruguay. Deja vu.”

A fourth commented: “Football doesn’t care about your emotions. History easily repeats itself. Ghana may get another penalty and lose it again… and again.” While another fan wrote: “Ghana has missed another crucial penalty against Uruguay history has repeated itself.”

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Things then went from bad to worse for Ghana just minutes later as Giorgian de Arrascaeta struck to give Uruguay the lead. And De Arrascaeta made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark to further damage Ghana’s chances of qualifying.

Asamoah Gyan famously missed from the spot in 2010
Asamoah Gyan famously missed from the spot in 2010

Group H was finely poised ahead of Friday afternoon’s kick-offs, with all four countries still in with a chance of qualifying for the last-16.

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