Day 20 Recap

July 02, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Holland v Brazil FIFA World Cup Quarter Final - South Africa 2010 - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa - 2/7/10..Brazil's Felipe Melo (L) remonstrates with Holland's Arjen Robben.

Brazil 1 – Netherlands 2

USA has Ricardo Clark. Brazil has Felipe Melo. Neither single-handedly ruined their country’s aspirations, but boy did they try. Against the Netherlands, Felipe Melo scored an own goal and earned a red yard for stomping on Dutch winger Arjen Robben. While Melo may have set up Robinho for Brazil’s lone goal, his red card was inexcusable. The Dutch strike that sent Brazil home was a lovely corner headed in by Wesley Sneijder. Brazil’s midfielder was sent off shortly thereafter, and the samba kings were unable to recover.

Ghana 1 – Uruguay 1

Penalties: Uruguay 4, Ghana 2

Two evenly matched squads had to settle matters on penalty kicks. After Inter Milan midfielder Muntari put Ghana ahead shortly before the break, Diego Forlan equalized early in the second half. No one hit the net again until the penalty shootout, though Gyan wasted a perfectly good chance on the last kick of extra time. After his side earned a penalty, Gyan’s effort smacked the crossbar. He did go on to make his shot in the penalty shootout, but after the Black Stars had two shots blocked, Gyan was inconsolable as his teammates escorted him off the pitch.

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  1. robinoz0 says:

    poor Gyan, he probably feels that the anguish of the whole continent stems from one bad kick.

    kudos to the Netherlands, though

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