World Cup Day 16 Roundup: Ghana Ends Dream Run for United States

World Cup Day 16 Roundup: Ghana Ends Dream Run for United States Uruguay proved that it is more than just lockdown defense in the first match of the knockout stages, and Ghana took advantage of two U.S. mistakes on defense to keep the continent of Africa's dream alive.

Uruguay 2, South Korea 1

Luis Suarez scored two goals, one in each half, including one in the 80th minute to break a 1-1 tie to push Uruguay past South Korea 2-1 and into the Round of Eight in the World Cup. 

After an Uruguay corner was deflected out to the top of the box, Nicolas Lodeiro quickly headed it over to Suarez. The forward darted to his right and sent a curling drive that somehow nestled just inside the right post, beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong. His second goal of the match left Sung-Ryong face-down on the pitch and sent the Uruguay lineup into pandemonium.

Suarez's first score came in the eighth minute as he sneaked behind and to the right of the South Korean back line and knocked in a ball that was crossed into no-man's land. Diego Forlan created some space with a nifty dribble and sent the ball toward the net. All four South Korean defenders watched it as it rolled behind them, and the ball escaped the diving hands of Sung-Ryong by inches. Suarez one-timed the ball from the right corner of the box and into a nearly open net for the early 1-0 lead.

South Korea's goal in the 68th minute came as most of its goals had this World Cup — off a free kick. A ball was sent into the box, and after an Uruguay defender headed it into the air, Lee Chung-Yong sent a sharp header past another defender and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. It was the first goal given up by Uruguay in the tournament. 

South Korea had never beaten a South American nation in the World Cup, and Suarez's second goal with 10 minutes remaining ensured that Uruguay would not be South Korea's first.

Ghana 2, United States 1

The United States tried the best they could to keep their World Cup dreams alive, but Ghana ended those dreams with a 2-1 victory in extra time.

Asamoah Gyan scored three minutes into extra time to give the Black Stars the lead, a lead they would keep to send the Americans home.

Ghana got on the board first when Kevin-Prince Boatang stripped the ball from U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark, who was starting for the first time in three games, and scored in the fifth minute of the match. The Americans were able to tie it up though in the 62nd minute when Landon Donovan scored on a penalty kick.

Ghana also eliminated the United States in 2006 when the Black Stars defeated the Americans in the final game of the tournament's opening round, a defeat that ousted the U.S. from the tournament.

Round of 16

Uruguay vs. South Korea
USA vs. Ghana

Germany vs. England
Argentina vs. Mexico

The Netherlands vs. Slovakia
Brazil vs. Chile

Paraguay vs. Japan
Spain vs. Portugal


Group A
(2-0-1, 7 points, 4 goals, 0 goals against)
Mexico (1-1-1, 4 points, 3
goals, 2 goals against)
South Africa (1-1-1, 4 points, 3 goals, 5
goals against)
France (0-2-1, 1 point, 1 goal, 4 goals against)


Argentina (3-0-0, 9 points, 7 goals, 1 goal against)

Korea (1-1-1, 4 points, 5 goals, 6 goals against)
Greece (1-2-0, 3
points, 2 goals, 5 goals against)
Nigeria (0-2-1, 1 point, 3 goals, 5
goals against)

Group C
USA (1-0-2, 5 points,
4 goals, 3 goals against)
England (1-0-2, 5 points, 2 goals, 1 goal
Slovenia (1-1-1, 4 points, 3 goals, 3 goals against)

(0-2-1, 1 point, 0 goals, 2 goals against)

Group D

(2-1-0, 6 points, 5 goals, 1 goal against)
Ghana (1-1-1, 4 points, 2
goals, 2 goals against)
Australia (1-1-1, 4 points, 3 goals, 6 goals
Serbia (1-2-0, 3 points, 2 goals, 3 goals against)


Netherlands (2-0-0, 6 points, 3 goals, 0 goals against)

(1-1-0, 3 points, 1 goal, 1 goal against)
Denmark (1-1-0, 3 points, 2
goals, 3 goals against)
Cameroon (0-2-0, 0 points, 1 goal, 3 goals

Group F
Paraguay (1-0-2, 5 points, 3
goals, 1 goal against)
Slovakia (1-1-1, 4 points, 4 goals, 5 goals
New Zealand (0-0-3, 3 points, 2 goals, 2 goals against)

(0-1-2, 2 points, 4 goals, 5 goals against)

Group G

(2-0-1, 7 points, 5 goals, 2 goals against)
Portugal (1-0-2, 5
points, 7 goals, 0 goals against)
Ivory Coast (1-1-1, 4 points, 4
3 goals against)
North Korea (0-3-0, 0 points, 1 goal, 12 goals

Group H
Spain (2-1-0, 6 points, 4 goals, 2 goals
Chile (2-1-0, 6 points, 3
goals, 2 goals against)
Switzerland (1-1-1, 4 points, 1 goal, 1 goal against)

(0-2-1, 1 point, 0 goals, 3 goals against)

Coming Up:
The United States looks to avenge its 2006 loss to Ghana in Saturday's second and final match in the Round of 16. The winner takes on Uruguay.

Here's the complete World Cup schedule.