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Uruguay end African fairy tale, beat Ghana 4-2 in penalty shootout

Two-time winners Uruguay reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1970, beating Ghana 4-2 in a penalty shootout Friday after the teams played to a 1-1 draw.

sports Updated: Jul 03, 2010 03:11 IST

Two-time winners Uruguay reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1970, beating Ghana 4-2 in a penalty shootout Friday after the teams played to a 1-1 draw.

Sebastian Abreu hit the final penalty for Uruguay.

Sulley Muntari gave Ghana the lead with a 35-yard left-footed strike seconds before halftime at Soccer City, but Diego Forlan tied the game on a free kick in the 55th minute

Asamoah Gyan had a chance to win the match for Ghana in extra time, but he hit the crossbar with a penalty after Luis Suarez was ejected for a hand ball on the goal line.

Uruguay Fernando Muslera stopped Dominic Adiyiah's penalty and Sebastian Abreu converted the winner for Uruguay.

Uruguay will play the Netherlands in the semifinals on Tuesday in Cape Town.