Ghana and Uruguay will renew their rivalry this Friday when they square up at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Venue: Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah)
Ghana have scored two goals in each of their World Cup games this year.
They have kept five clean sheets in their last ten games.
Uruguay have not scored in the World Cup this year–one of only three teams not to find the net in the first two rounds of the group stage.
They have kept three clean sheets in their last five games.
World Cup trivia: This World Cup has featured the first siblings to play for different countries at the World Cup – Iñaki Williams of Ghana and Nico Williams of Spain.
Head to head
Uruguay beat Ghana on penalties in their only meeting in the 2010 World Cup.
Latest performances in all competitions
After a disappointing 3-2 loss to Portugal in their opening game of the World Cup, Ghana bounced back in style last time out when they beat South Korea last time out.
In an entertaining game at the Education City Stadium, a 24th-minute goal by Mohammed Salisu gave the Black Stars a shock lead. Mohammed Kudus doubled the lead in the 34th minute to give Ghana a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
However, two quick-fire goals from Cho Gue-Sung put South Korea back into the game before the hour mark. However, Kudus scored for the second time to seal the win for Ghana.
The result saw Ghana not only become just the fourth-ever team to record consecutive 3-2 results at FIFA World Cup – and first since Uruguay in 2010 – but also wrestle back control of their own qualification destiny.
They need just a point from this game to seal their progression to the Round of 16 unless South Korea beat Portugal with at least two goals. There is also a possibility of topping the group if they record a big win here coupled with a favourable result in the group’s other clash.
Otto Addo’s men will be desperate to record a huge win here to avenge their painful loss to Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup.
Possible Ghana starting line-up
Lawrence Ati, Tariq Lamptey, Daniel Amartey, Mohammed Salisu, Abdul-Rahman Baba, Salis Abdul Samad, Thomas Partey, Mohammed Kudus, André Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Iñaki Williams.
Uruguay are on the brink of elimination from the World Cup unless they can record a huge result against Ghana in Al Wakrah.
The South American giants opened their World Cup campaign with a goalless draw against South Korea before following that up with a 2-0 loss to Portugal last time out. The result means that the Sky Blues have failed to score in their group so far (D1, L1) – one of only three teams not to find the net in the first two rounds of the group stage.
First and foremost, they now need to secure all three points in this contest and then hope South Korea fails to beat Portugal in the group’s other clash to give them a chance to progress to the Round of 16. Otherwise, it will come down to goal difference if both sides win.
The last time Uruguay didn’t make it beyond a World Cup group stage was in 2002, when they coincidentally drew their last match 3-3 against another CAF team in Senegal, after trailing by three goals at half-time.
Possible Uruguay starting line-up
Sergio Rochet, Sebastian Coates, Diego Godin, José Giménez, Guillermo Varela, Federico Valverde, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Mathías Olivera, Luis Suarez, Darwin Núñez.
Doubtful: Ronald Araujo
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Ghana 2-0 Uruguay
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