Asamoah Gyan dreams retaking 2010 penalty against Uruguay

Ghana International and NorthEast United forward, Asamoah Gyan has revealed he is haunted by his last-minute penalty miss against Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

With Ghana on the verge of being the first African country to reach the semifinals of the global showpiece, the former Udinese and Sunderland attacker could only hit his injury-time penalty against the crossbar.

The West African country went on to lose the resulting penalty shootout, a result that broke the hearts of Ghanaians and millions across the continent.

Gyan told OutlookIndia, “In the 2010 World Cup, we were knocked out in the quarter-final in controversial circumstances”.

“It was against Uruguay, and I missed a crucial match-winning penalty towards the end of extra-time, after a Luis Suarez handball.

“The penalty miss is something that I will never forget. It’s part of my life now. I am not the only player, who missed a crucial penalty.

“We could have become the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-final. Sometimes when I am alone, I think about it and it still hurts.

“I feel, ‘Oh! Maybe we can play the penalty again so that I can redeem myself.’ Life goes on, I need to forget about it and live my life”, He added.


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