Luis Suarez: The Man Responsible for Africa's World Cup Dream Dying

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IJuly 3, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 02:  Luis Suarez of Uruguay handles the ball on the goal line, for which he is sent off, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium on July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Going into the 2010 FIFA World Cup, hopes were high for African nations to have a great World Cup. They looked to have a great World Cup and pick up some extra spots in future World Cup qualifying.

However, out of the six African nations in the World Cup, Ghana were the only side to advance out of their group by finishing second to Germany in Group D.

But Ghana were able to make the most of their opportunities, and were able to beat the United States 2-1 in extra time to reach the World Cup quarterfinal for the first time in their history.

Their opponent in the quarterfinals. None other than a Uruguayan side that reached their first World Cup quarterfinal since 1970.

And with the match at Soccer City, this World Cup match couldn't have gotten that much bigger with what seemed like all of Africa supporting Ghana against the smallest South American nation remaining in the World Cup in Uruguay.

As the first half started, it appeared that Uruguay were going to win, but as the half moved on, Ghana started to get more possession time and came close to scoring several times.

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And just before halftime, Ghana were able to score on a rocket of a shot from Sulley Muntari that just found its way into the net.

As the second half begun, Ghana continued to hold onto the ball and were ready to get another goal, but Uruguay remained resilient and got a great free kick opportunity  in the 55th minute just outside the penalty box.

And in came the man: Diego Forlan with an absolutely incredible free kick that found its way into the back of the net as Richard Kingson had no chance of stopping and the score was now 1-1.

And as the half concluded, both sides continued to get some great chances on free kicks and on breakaway's, but no one was able to put home any shots and the match now went onto extra time.

In added time, one event happened that will remain a major talking point of this World Cup as Uruguay's star Luis Suarez cleared a header that was clearly going into the net away from the line with his hands, denying Ghana the victory as he got red carded.

Suarez's red card appeared to give Ghana a victory, as Asamoah Gyan went up to the penalty stripe just needing to score to give Ghana and Africa a trip into the World Cup semifinals.

However, Gyan's shot hit the crossbar and went out of play and penalties became the order of the day.

With the penalty shootout, Uruguay were able to ride the momentum and won 4-2, eliminating Ghana from the World Cup.

However, Luis Suarez's actions cannot be forgotten.

How he had the nerve to do what he did is just despicable, even though most people would do the same thing if they were in that situation.

Instead of being a footballer, he wanted to become a volleyball player and his spike was able to deny Ghana a deserved place in the semifinal.

Now, Uruguay are in the World Cup semifinal against the Netherlands just needing a win to reach their first World Cup final since 1950.

Even if Suarez will not be able to play, the Ajax striker should be suspended from the rest of the World Cup for what he did.

Today, we learned the other side of the Hand of God.

Sometimes it will give you undeserving goals and sometimes it will take away deserving goals.

Sadly for Ghana, they learned about the other side in an extremely unfortunate way.

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