Luis Suarez broke down in tears after receiving the news that South Korea had snatched a late winner against Portugal to dump Uruguay out of the World Cup. The South American giants, who’ve undoubtedly underperformed in Qatar, did every little thing they needed to do by beating Ghana 2-0 of their final Group H fixture but Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan’s late strike put South Korea through in second place in extraordinary circumstances.
Suarez had began the match and assisted twice before being subbed off for Uruguay within the second half but he cut a devastated, restless figure on the bench because the developments from South Korea’s clash with Portugal filtered through to the Al Janoub Stadium.
Uruguay still had time to show things around though with eight minutes of stoppage time already added on by the officials – meaning they’d still undergo in the event that they managed to attain another goal.
Former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani had a late penalty call waved away, a call that Uruguay’s players just couldn’t imagine.
Liverpool frontman Darwin Nunez had also gone to ground earlier within the second half under the clumsy challenge of Ghana’s Leicester defender Daniel Amartey.
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It meant there was heartbreak for each teams as South Korea’s players and staff watched the ultimate minutes of the match on mobile devices in the course of the turf on the Education City Stadium.
Suarez couldn’t contain his emotions at full-time, covering his face along with his shirt and crying his eyes out – just as he did in 2014 when Liverpool drew 3-3 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Yet the remaining of his team-mates soon channeled their frustration into anger by exploding on the officials over their failure to award two second-half penalties.
Fernando Muslera shouted aggressively within the face of the linesman while referee Daniel Siebert quickly got himself down the tunnel before further carnage followed.
Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet saved a first-half penalty when Andre Ayew wasted a golden likelihood to place Ghana in front.
After being summoned to the starting line-up, Giorgian de Arrascaeta delivered two goals to place Uruguay ahead – each of which were assisted by pantomime villain Suarez.
But because South Korea weren’t beating Portugal, who went ahead through Ricardo Horta, Uruguay never really felt the necessity to push for more goals.
Nevertheless, South Korea’s inspired comeback completely modified the image to ruthlessly dump Uruguay out of the tournament – much to the misery of Suarez.