World Cup Comment: Five Ways Uruguay Can Beat Ghana

Oscar Tabarez's team are favourites against the Black Stars, but can't underestimate the sole African survivors.
The clash between Uruguay and Ghana is one of the most intriguing matches of this weekend’s quarter-finals. Both teams are somewhat unknown entities to European audiences, despite the fact that the majority of their players are based on the continent.

Uruguay will feel they have an excellent chance of reaching the last four for the first time since 1970. But the former giants will have their work cut out against a fast, physical Ghana side, who also have an entire continent cheering them on being the only African side left in the tournament.

Five Ways The Celeste Can Come Out On Top:

Keep The Defence Watertight:

Until South Korea beat Nestor Muslera in the Second Round, the Uruguayan defence had not conceded a goal in the entire tournament. Still, with only one goal in the 'against' column the Celeste are (along with South American neighbours Paraguay) the meanest backline in South Africa, and keeping it that way will be crucial if they want to pass the Ghana test. However, new boy Mauricio Victorino will have to perform well alongside titan Diego Lugano, after first choice Diego Godin was forced out injured.

Without Sacrificing The Attack:

Defensive stability doesn’t mean though that the Charrua are slouches in front of goal. Fired by attacking hitman Luis Suarez, they have amassed a total of six goals so far in the tournament and have the ability to take apart sides. Suarez and strike partner Edinson Cavani will be looking to add to their personal tallies against a Ghana side which, although generally excellent at the back, is weakened by suspensions and has been prone to the odd spell of losing concentration so far.

Suarez and Diego Forlan have been attacking sensations for the Celeste

Use The Three Diegos!!

Down the core of the Celeste team lies the key to the side’s success; Diegos Lugano, Perez and Forlan. Lugano has formed a fantastic partnership at centre-back so far with yet another Diego, Godin; and even though the latter will be missing the inspirational captain will have no problem anchoring the defence with Victorino. Perez has also been a rock in the side’s midfield, breaking up attacks before they begin in the style of all good South American anchormen, and helping to release the obvious attacking talent in the team. And the third Diego? He deserves a section all to himself…

Forlan Holds The Key:

A figure of fun at Manchester United and a more orthodox striker for Atletico Madrid, when the immensely talented 31-year-old pulls on the national colours he is a number 10 in all senses of the moniker. The player has revelled in being the Uruguay ‘enganche’ - the playmaker and link between attack and midfield, scoring two and having a hand in a fair few more. Expect Forlan to be at the centre of most of the Charrua offensive play, dropping deep to shield himself from the physical Ghana backline and looking to release free-scoring Suarez.

Keep A Cool Head When Those Around You…

Despite the South Americans being the favourites, it is Ghana who will feel all the pressure going into the match. The last African survivors on home soil, with an entire continent cheering them on, not to mention the chance to make history as the first African team to make the last four; it could all prove to be too much for the Black Stars. Uruguay have a few historical imbalances and expectant fans to please themselves, but must stay relaxed and play it just like any other game.

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