Sports book gambling excitement continues to build as the World Cup betting odds board will be down to the final eight teams that emerged from the knockout stage.
Uruguay will enter Friday’s game with a record of 3 wins and 1 draw. They were the top team in Group A. Uruguay opened FIFA World Cup action with a scoreless draw against France.
That was followed up with a 3-0 win over host nation South Africa. Uruguay ended group play with a 1-0 win over Mexico. In the knockout round of 16 Uruguay defeated South Korea 2-1.
Ghana was the 2nd place team in Group D behind Germany. They opened World Cup Group stage action with a 1-0 win over Serbia. That was followed by a 1-1 draw with Australia. In the Group D finale Ghana was defeated by Germany 1-0. In their knockout round game Ghana scored a 1-0 win over the United States in extra time.
Ghana is only the third African team in history to make the quarterfinals. Cameroon did it in 1990 and Senegal made it in 2002. They are the lone remaining African team in this year’s World Cup, which is being played in South Africa.
“All the other African teams are out and all Africa is looking to us,” said Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah.
Uruguay has a solid World Cup history with past titles in 1930 and 1950 but has not been nearly as successful in recent years with a best finish being the round of 16 in 1990. Friday’s game will be the first time in 40 years that Uruguay has made the quarterfinals.
The tiny country of 3.5million inhabitants is becoming a sentimental sports book gambling choice and has everyone back home enthralled with hope and eager anticipation.
Uruguay’s Diego Perez said “it’s a beautiful moment and a unique feeling in our country. We know that in our country they’re all out in the streets.”
Luis Suarez was the hero for Uruguay against South Korea as he scored a goal in each half of the game. His second goal at the 80 minute mark was spectacular as he maneuvered past two defenders and shot the ball off the right post in the wind and rain.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Suarez. “The truth is that I didn’t realize the ball was going to go in. In those moments, the only thing I want to do is enjoy.