By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author
Editor’s observe: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a unique reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Luis Suárez’s shameful handball.
The ball was heading towards an open internet. It was going to be a aim for Ghana, little doubt about it. Not simply any aim, both. This one, within the last minute additional time of their 2010 quarterfinal in opposition to Uruguay, would make the Black Stars the primary African group to succeed in a World Cup semifinal — on South African soil, no much less.
Standing on the aim line, Uruguay ahead Luis Suárez had a choice to make. His alternative would cease Ghana’s future chilly. Understanding full properly that he’d obtain a pink card, Suarez batted the ball out of the air along with his fingers, calculating in a cut up second that the one probability his group had of staying within the contest was to keep away from conceding the aim at any value — even when that meant sacrificing himself — and drive Ghana to transform a penalty kick as a substitute.
Darkish arts of the very best order? Completely. Unsporting conduct? After all. However Suarez’s stone-cold logic in utilizing the foundations to his group’s benefit was sound. Positive sufficient, Asamoah Gyan missed from the spot. Uruguay went on to win the following shootout and superior to the ultimate 4.
The opposite Hand of God
Luis Suárez acquired a pink card for blocking a aim along with his fingers in Uruguay’s matchup in opposition to Ghana on the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and girls’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a workers author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.
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