Uruguay 2 South Korea 1
Luis Suarez scored twice to send Uruguay to the World Cup Quarterfinals. Suarez scored the first goal of the game in the 8th minute on a sharp angle after Diego Forlan’s cross caught South Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong out of position, leaving Suarez with an empty net.
The South Koreans scored the equalizer in the 68th minute on a Lee Chung-yong header. However, it was too much Suarez as his match-winning goal in the 80th minute eliminated South Korea from the World Cup; Suarez avoided two defenders and blasted a right-footed shot that rang off the post and into the goal.
Uruguay hasn’t made it to the World Cup Quarterfinals since 1970.
Ghana 2 United States 1
They may have had enough magic to beat one African country, but the Americans failed to get past the last African country left in the tournament. Asamoah Gyan’s goal three minutes into extra time propelled Ghana to a 2-1 victory over the United States. Gyan scored his goal after receiving a long pass from Andre Ayew and beating two US defenders; Gyan’s left-footed blast from 16 yards out went over the hands of American goalkeeper Tim Howard and into the goal.
Kevin-Prince Boateng scored the first goal of the game for Ghana also from 16 yards out; Boateng stole the ball from Ricardo Clark at midfield in the 5th minute and beat Tim Howard to give Ghana a 1-0 lead.
The Americans fought back, scoring on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute by Landon Donovan; it was Donovan’s 45th career international goal and fifth in World Cup play (third in this tournament).
The United States’ best chance of tying the game in extra time came in the 98th minute, but Maurice Edu’s header off a Donovan corner kick sailed just wide of the net.