Proud Ghana Welcomes Black Stars Home

July 6, 2010  |  

(Reuters) — Ghanaians turned out in their thousands to cheer their soccer team’s arrival home late on Monday, spraying their jet with water cannons and rolling out the red carpet for the World Cup’s surprise quarter-finalists. The ‘Black Stars’ matched pioneers Cameroon (1990) and Senegal (2002) in reaching the last eight, but spurned a golden chance to become Africa’s first semi-finalists when they squandered a last-minute spot-kick against Uruguay. Striker Asamoah Gyan’s missed penalty after a handball on the line denied Ghana a goal with both teams tied at 1-1, sending the match into a penalty shoot-out which Uruguay won 4-2.

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