“We think it’s the time of revenge. We feel like we clearly won that game, but then there was that ‘defense’ from Suarez… It will be very interesting for us to play against them again, obviously we have deep memories. It is important to settle accounts”, affirmed the president of the Ghana Football Federation, Kurt Okraku to BBC Sports Africa.
The word “revenge” additionally appeared on the identical Friday on the newspaper’s internet web page. Daily Graphic of Accra, the capital of that African nation, below the picture of the jail of Luis Suarez on South Africa 2010.
Meanwhile in Portugal appealed to the (dangerous) reminiscence of Russia 2018when two targets from Edinson Cavani despatched the then European champions residence. and presumably in South Korea they’re stating that they may by no means beat Uruguay.
If one thing characterizes the celestial rivals in Qatar 2022, is that everybody was left with blood within the eye after these defeats. They are usually not three extra rivals, they’re dwelling recollections of earlier World Cups (then again, between Koreans and Ghanaians there are not any pending accounts, since they by no means confronted one another). It might be mentioned that they’re outdated acquaintances, as a lot as they know the Celestials. Ordered by their ambition for revenge, listed here are the three adversaries.
SOUTH KOREA. Figure among the many footballing powers of Asiano less than for its continuity, since from the world Cup from 1986 have been at all times categorized. However, they may by no means go far, besides in 2002 after they performed at residence and had referees who have been improper for his or her facet. In this fashion they stayed with fourth place.
In 1990 they have been nonetheless very new and so they now not had an opportunity when dealing with Uruguay within the closing of the sequence in Italy. Even so, they have been solely defeated with that header from Daniel Fonseca on reductions. But in South Africa 2010 they already had larger aspirations, they went by means of to the spherical of 16 and gave the sky-blue loads of work. The purpose of Luis Suarez maybe postponed them when the Asian crew, after getting the tie, had grown and was going for victory.
A brand new world Cup in Asian territory it represents a very good alternative to attempt to advance in relation to the final participations. They had an excellent marketing campaign within the knockout rounds: within the group stage they achieved 16 factors out of a attainable 18 and within the second spherical they received seven of the ten video games performed.
Although many of the members of the squad play within the Korean league, it has a number of footballers in Europe, beginning with Son Heung Mindetermine in Tottenham.
PORTUGAL. After the third place achieved by that crew of the legendary scorer Eusebius on England 1966, it was tough for the Portuguese to be protagonists of a World Cup. They have been fourth in Germany 2006, however earlier than and after they did little regardless of being a rustic with a profusion of expertise. Even Cristiano Ronaldo He didn’t attain the extraordinary performances within the World Cups that he had in Europe, particularly within the Champions League.
The nice alternative offered itself in Russia 2018, after they have been champions of Europe and CR7 was at its peak, however they crashed into Cavani and a strict celestial protection. That consequence had a deep affect and the Lisbon sports activities press talked about it after the draw.
The technician Fernando Santos He was very diplomatic after Friday’s draw. “It’s like the saying of the glass half full and half empty. If we look at the previous World Cup, Uruguay is a favorite because they eliminated Portugal. If we look at the ranking, Portugal will be the favourites”, he mentioned.
Actually, after their elimination from Russia, the Portuguese nationwide crew had a sure decline, not mirrored within the rating. Although he received the League of Nations in 2019, then it was within the spherical of 16 of the Euro 2020 (performed in 2021). And he wanted the playoff to qualify for Qatar.
It nonetheless has quite a few high quality males (Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo, Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva) and Cristiano continues to deserve all respect, though his latest performances in Man Utd they weren’t excellent.
To be extra exact, Portugal has dangerous recollections of all its rivals within the group. With the Koreans he misplaced within the group stage of 2002, after struggling two expulsions, and was eradicated. He beat the Ghanaians in 2014, however it was not sufficient for them to go the sequence, so it was a consequence that was tough for him to digest.
GHANA. If in Portugal they’re nervous concerning the group, in Ghana They are trying ahead to the time to play towards Uruguay and attempt to get even for what occurred in South Africa.
That time they have been dealing with the nice problem of fulfilling the very best marketing campaign of an African crew in a World Cup, simply within the first World Cup in African territory, with passage to a semifinal. All in favour. They even had the chance for a penalty on the final second, however the shot from asamoah gyan hit the crossbar and went excessive. And then the penalty Crazy Abreu He gave the ultimate no.
They even felt indirectly “dispossessed” by the hand of Suárez, inspired by part of worldwide opinion that didn’t know soccer effectively and was unaware that it was an incident that was at all times attainable, the sanction of which is a penalty and expulsion, and never from a “cynical trap” because it was known as.
If that victory was so memorable for Uruguay, the defeat was not forgotten in Ghana both. He represented a trauma that his gamers couldn’t overcome. In truth, they now not had that excellent worldwide presence.
The “Black Stars” certified once more for Brazil 2014 and so they have been eradicated after they fell within the final match towards Portugal, after having been about to beat Germany, then champion. They have been main 2-1 and Ayew had the third, however he missed, and the Germans equalized. they weren’t in Russia 2018whereas the most recent campaigns within the African Cup of Nations They have been mediocre: they fell within the second spherical in 2019 and didn’t transcend the primary section in 2021.
The impression is that Ghana’s greatest second is over, however new figures can at all times be anticipated in a rustic of 33 million inhabitants. The highlights now are Thomas ParteyArsenal, Daniel Amartey of Leicester and Jordan Ayew from Crystal Palace, within the Premier; German Kamaldeen of Rennes and alexnader djiku of Strasbourg within the French Ligue 1 and Mohammed Kudusfrom Ajax within the Netherlands.
Attention: it’s doubtless that even when Ghana reaches the match towards the Celestes already eradicated, the duel will proceed to be a real last for them. Even extra so if Luis Suárez is on the court docket that day. That is why it may be a extra harmful crew because of its previous than its current.