Uruguay secured a 2-0 victory over Ghana but both sides were knocked out of the World Cup after South Korea beat Portugal in the last minute.
Two goals from Georgia de Arasqueta in the first half were enough for Uruguay to win the match, but they exited the tournament after scoring fewer goals than South Korea in the group stage.
The result also meant Ghana’s World Cup season was over and a shootout ensued as Andre Ayew saw Sergio Rochet save his penalty at 0-0.
Ghana failed to avenge Uruguay by eliminating them from the 2010 World Cup on penalties in the quarter-finals.
It was a quick start from both teams and Ghana were awarded a VAR penalty after 18 minutes. Uruguay goalkeeper Roche reportedly tackled Mohammed Kudus in the penalty area.
Skipper Andre Ayew came on three minutes after the penalty and his penalty was easily saved by Rochet.
The penalty brought back memories of Ghana’s striker Asamoah Gyan, who missed a penalty for Ghana with the last shot in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final tie between the two sides.
Moments later Uruguay almost took the lead through Darwin Nunes, only for Mohammed Salisu to save.
However, Uruguay scored their first goal after 26 minutes when De Arrascaeta tapped home into an empty net after Ghana keeper Lawrence Atti Ziggy had denied Luis Suarez.
Uruguay doubled their lead five minutes later with another goal from De Arrascaeta after a good team effort.
The South Americans looked satisfied after two quick goals and wanted a penalty of their own just before the hour.
Daniel Amartey clumsily led Nunes into the penalty area, but after a lengthy VAR review, the referee did not award a penalty.
Ghana had a late chance but substitute Antoine Semenyo missed his shot from close range while Kudus was denied by a fine save from Rochet.
When news of South Korea’s result broke, Uruguay tried again to score but was turned down by the Black Stars and were both eliminated from the tournament.