I'm going to be doing previews of every World Cup game from here on in. First up, the quarterfinals. Here's a preview on Uruguay - Ghana, which will be televised at 11:30 a.m. Pacific (2:30 p.m. Eastern) tomorrow on CBC.
Top scorer: Luis Suarez, three goals
Top scorer: Asamoah Gyan, three goals
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This should be an interesting clash. Joe Posnanski has a great piece on soccer in Uruguay, what it means to the nation, and its rise and fall over the years. It's well worth a read, and it illustrates just how special this Uruguay team's run so far has been. Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan have been in superb form, and Uruguay's looked like one of the most dangerous teams out there.
On paper, Ghana shouldn't pose too much of a threat. They're without their best player, Michael Essien, thanks to injury, and few saw them making it out of the group without him. This Ghana team has been very impressive though; they were in every game in the group stage, and their only loss came against the superb Germans. They beat a Serbian team that was difficult to break down and battled to a draw against Australia. Their most impressive win to date was over the U.S. in the Round of 16, though; they shouldn't have won that match on paper, but they were the better side on the day and they outlasted the talented Americans. Asamoah Gyan has been fantastic, and he's getting support from the rest of the team. I think their World Cup may come to an end here against Uruguay, but Ghana has proven very difficult to predict so far, and they may keep their miracle run alive.
Prediction: Uruguay 2, Ghana 0