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Castrol World Cup Penalty Debate: Will Ghana's Gifted Gyan End Uruguay's Hopes Or Is Forlan The Key To Success?

Castrol World Cup Penalty Debate: Will Ghana's Gifted Gyan End Uruguay's Hopes Or Is Forlan The Key To Success?

Goal.com UK analyses who may step up if quarter-final needs a shootout...

With the 2010 World Cup set to resume on Friday at the quarter-final stage, just eight teams remain as we reach the business end of the competition - it's time to separate the men from the boys.

Although we may have only experienced just one penalty shoot-out thus far in South Africa, Goal.com, with the help of the Castrol Edge Penalty Analysis tool, ponders who could step forward to potentially make themselves a hero...

Uruguay v Ghana

Friday 2 July, 1930 BST
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg


Should we go all the way to penalties in Johannesburg on Friday evening, Uruguay will surely look to their deadly attacking trio of Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, with all three having stepped up to take a spot kick in the past.

Atletico Madrid hitman Forlan could be the first to make his way into the penalty box and boasts a decent record, having converted seven from 10 penalties taken in the past. The former Manchester United man should be full of confidence having already coolly dispatched from the spot earlier in the tournament in Uruguay's impressive 3-0 win over hosts South Africa.

While he is more than likely to start on the bench, experienced Botafogo forward Sebastian Abreu could be brought on during extra-time with a penalty shootout in mind, and the versatile Maximiliano Pereira is another who may just fancy himself from 12 yards.

Fernando Muslera will be the man for Ghana to beat between the sticks although having only stopped two penalties from the last 10 he's faced, the Ghanians may just be confident they can get the better of the Lazio shot stopper.

Five likely takers - Uruguay


Forlan

Suarez

Cavani

M.Pareira

Abreu

Ghana are hardly a nation known for their penalty-prowess, although in Asamoah Gyan they have a striker who is bang in form and knows exactly where the back of the net is when it comes to striking from the spot. The Rennes star has scored five from five penalties taken in recent times, including a winner against Serbia in the group stages of this World Cup.

Picking four other candidates could prove a difficult task for boss Milovan Rajevac, although Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng will likely pick himself up from his FA Cup final miss against Chelsea to take one and Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah and Stephen Appiah could all quite possibly put their names forward.

Recently released Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Richard Kingson could make himself an instant hero if he was to keep Uruguay at bay in a potential penalty shoot-out although of the four penalties he's faced over the last year or so, the 32-year-old has only saved one from West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt.

Five likely takers


Gyan

Boateng

Muntari

Asamoah

Appiah


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