Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored twice for Uruguay in their 2-0 win over Ghana, but it was not enough to keep them in the World Cup after South Korea qualified for Group H with a win over Portugal.
Ghana, who missed extra-time in the quarter-final against Uruguay in South Africa 12 years ago, squandered a chance to take the lead in the 21st minute when Andre Ayew’s calm strike was easily saved by Sergio Rochet.
Uruguay made them pay with their first goal of the tournament when de Arrascaeta headed the ball in from the near post after Luis Suarez’s shot in the 26th minute. They added to their lead with a superb volley from de Arrascaeta after Suarez was back in the game six minutes later.
The win moved Uruguay up to third place with four points, level with South Korea, who jumped on top of the tournament’s most goals scored after scoring a late winner in a 2-1 win over Portugal. Ghana finished the group with three points.