‘This will haunt me for the rest of my life’: Asamoah Gyan admits he cried all night after missing last-minute penalty in Ghana’s World Cup quarter-final shootout defeat by Uruguay in 2010
- Asamoah Gyan had the chance to put Ghana into the World Cup semi-finals
- It came after Luis Suarez handled Dominic Adiyiah’s header late on in extra time
- Uruguay striker Suarez was subsequently sent off for the handball offence
- But Gyan’s spot kick hit the bar before going over to confirm a penalty shootout
- Uruguay went on to win the penalty shootout 4-2 and book a semi-final spot
Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has admitted his extra-time penalty miss for Ghana against Uruguay in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final will haunt him for the rest of his life.
The Black Stars reached the last-eight stage in South Africa in what was just their second World Cup campaign.
And Ghana were on the verge of becoming the first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final when they were awarded a penalty in added time of the second period of extra-time after Luis Suarez had used his hand to prevent Dominic Adiyiah’s header from finding the net.
Asamoah Gyan has admitted the penalty miss for Ghana against Uruguay still haunts him
Ghana were given the chance when Luis Suarez handled in added time of extra time in 2010
The Uruguayan was given a straight red card but Gyan wasted the consequent penalty after smashing it onto the bar before the ball looped over, and he admitted he cried all night after the miss.
‘Till today, any time alone, it still haunts me,’ the 34-year old told TV3 Ghana.
‘Sometimes I feel like the world should go back again so I can redeem myself, but I know this is something that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
‘I accept that because there is nothing I can do about it. I went there to save my country, but I ended up being the villain, which I accept because I know how people feel.
But Gyan wasted the chance for Ghana to be the first African side to qualify for the semi-finals
‘It was a disaster. It was crazy. I was also calm because I couldn’t sleep the whole night because I was crying the whole night until morning so I was somehow calm because I couldn’t cry anymore.
‘All I was telling myself was to get another chance because I knew I could redeem myself even if not football, something else. But even if I don’t, my kids will do it one day.’
Gyan’s latest competition action with his country saw him used twice as a substitute in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, where they crashed out to Tunisia on penalties in the Round of 16.
Suarez was sent off but celebrated after his side won the World Cup quarter-final on penalties
The 34-year-old was not due to play after announcing his retirement just before the tournament, but was persuaded to reverse his decision following talks with Ghana President Nana…