Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Didn't Cheat Ghana out of Glory: Tabarez

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Didn't Cheat Ghana out of Glory: Tabarez

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URUGUAY coach Oscar Tabarez insisted it was "too harsh" to say Ghana had been cheated out of a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

A handball on the goal-line by Luis Suarez prevented Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah from scoring in the last minute and Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty - with Uruguay triumphing in the shoot-out that followed.

The South Americans' goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was the hero, saving twice from John Mensah, the Sunderland centreback, and Adiyiah, in the shootout.

Sulley Muntari, almost sent home earlier on in the tournament after a bust-up with Ghana's Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac, had given his side the lead before Diego Forlan equalised with a viciously-swerving free-kick for his third goal of the finals.

Tabarez claimed the Ajax striker, who was subsequently sent off, had reacted instinctively.

He said: "When there is a handball in the penalty area there is a red card and the player is thrown out of the game.

"Saying we cheated Ghana is too harsh a word to use. …

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