Man of the Match: Diego Forlan – Now surely a shoo-in for the Team of the Tournament, Forlan was at the heart of everything that was good for Uruguay. Working the line excellently, dropping deep intelligently and taking all of Uruguay’s set-pieces largely to great effect, Forlan capped his performance with his third goal of the finals.
Uruguay verdict: They started the game well but seemed to be over-run by Ghana’s drive and athleticism. Credit to Uruguay for weathering the storm and gaining back control, despite losing two players to injury, and towards the end of normal time they deserved to win the match.
Ghana verdict: You can never fail to admire the spirit of a Ghana side many had written off before this game despite their displays en route to the last eight. After having a great spell either side of half-time they failed to take their chances, which enabled Uruguay to force their way back into the game, before laying siege to the South Americans’ goal at the end of extra-time. A superb performance and they will be missed against the Dutch.
Could do better: Asamoah Gyan & John Mensah – First, it was Gyan who missed from the spot when he had the chance to prevent the game going to spot-kicks and send Ghana into the semi-finals. But even worse was Mensah’s kick in the shootout. He took a five-a-side style one-step run-up and sidefooted the ball straight at Fernando Muslera. Dominic Adiyiah missed too, but Mensah’s kick was unforgivable.
Stat attack: All four of Diego Forlan’s World Cup goals have come against African sides.