Uruguay’s star striker Luis Suarez couldn’t control himself as tears rolled down his eyes following South Korea’s injury time goal against Portugal that saw Uruguay crash out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Luiz Suarez was controversy’s first child 12 years ago in the South Africa World Cup when his instinctive will to win got the better of his sportive considerations as he saved with his hand a ball that was on its way to the net. With Ghana failing to put through the penalty, Uruguay had prevailed eventually into the semi finals.

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Playing Ghana in their last group H encounter, fourth placed Uruguay were in a must win situation to harbor any chances of a knockout berth. Just like Germany on the previous night, the South Americans not just need a win but also hoped for a favourable result in the tie. While Germany were afraid of Japan, another Asian team, Korea threatened Uruguay.

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With Uruguay not having scored any goal so far while Korea had two, the pressure was on the Latin Americans to try and win big as the Asians would have the better goal difference (GD).

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They started off on the right note, when goal keeper Sergio Rochet saved a penalty of Ghana’s skipper Andre Ayew and prevented Ghana from edging ahead with a 1-0 lead on the 21st minute. Soon enough an assist by Suarez was safely deposited into the net by Giorgian de Arrascaeta that gave the la celestes an early lead.

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Arrascaeta soon followed up with another strike that put Uruguay at a comfortable 2-0 lead and with Korea tied with Portugal at 1-1, the south Americans had the edge. However, Uruguay failed to score further and an extra time goal by Koreans meant that Uruguay crashed out of the World Cup. 

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While Suarez was emotional, his team mates fought with the refrees on why two penalties were not awarded in the second half.