The life drama of the final group games of the group H FIFA World Cup was almost palpable and Ghana Black Stars were happy to drag Uruguay along through the exit door while Portugal and South Korea advanced to the round of 16.
Luis Suarez who was mentioned almost a 1000 times before the game between the Black Stars of Ghana broke down in tears as the news hit him that South Korea snatched a late winner against Portugal, a result which confirmed Uruguay exit out of the World Cup.
On another incredible afternoon of drama in Qatar, Uruguay looked to be heading through to the last-16 after going 2-0 up against Ghana. South Korea needed a miracle after falling 1-0 behind to Portugal – and they found one with a superb turnaround.
Defender Kim Young-gwon got the Asian side back on level terms, before Hwang Hee-chan found a dramatic late winner in the first minute of stoppage time to send South Korea through.
The goal meant that Uruguay finished third in the group, having seemed certain to progress alongside group winners Portugal. It was all too much for Suarez, who was overcome by emotion on the Uruguay bench.
As cameras panned to the veteran forward on the bench, he struggled to hold back the tears, holding his hands behind his head in disbelief at what had happened.
Uruguay, leading 2-0 for the majority of the game, were unable to find the one goal they needed in stoppage time to make it 3-0 as they crashed out of the World Cup on goal difference.
Meanwhile at the Education City Stadium Son Heung-min and teammates huddled around a phone to follow the progress of the game between Ghana and Uruguay they had an extra eight minutes to play. It was much of a relief as Uruguay couldn’t find the third goal that could send them through.
Tottenham star Son was spotted in tears as South Korea’s progress was confirmed, while other stars collapsed to the turf knowing they were through.