Uruguay beat Ghana to reach World Cup semis

Johannesburg: Uruguay booked a World Cup semi-final with Holland on Friday after beating Ghana 4-2 on penalties, 120 minutes having produced a 1-1 stalemate at Soccer City, Johannesburg.

Ghana scored first through midfielder Sulley Muntari with a 30-yard drive in first-half stoppage time, before Diego Forlan equalised with a long-range free-kick in the 55th minute.

In a dramatic finale, Asamoah Gyan missed a last-minute spotkick awarded after Luis Suarez handballed on the line - which saw the striker sent off - though Gyan converted in the shootout.

Uruguay, champions in 1930 and 1950, will play the Netherlands in the semi-finals in Cape Town on Tuesday.


Uruguay: Muslera; Maxi Pereira, Lugano, Victorino, Fucile; Fernández, Pérez, Ríos; Forlán; Cavani and Suárez

Ghana: Kingson; Pantsil, Mensah, Vorsah, Sarpei; Annan, Prince Boateng, Inkoom, Muntari; Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan