QATAR: URUGUAY DRAWN WITH PORTUGAL, OTHERS
Two-time world champions Uruguay have been given a potential testing World Cup 2022 group after they were drawn alongside Portugal, Ghana and South Korea in Group H at the end of the draw which took place at the start of last month.
The Uruguayans have the enviable record of being the first nation to win the maiden FIFA World Cup tournament on home soil after they beat Argentina 4-2 in the final of the 1930 edition. They stunned hosts Brazil twenty years later to seal their second and last World Cup title till date. They were in danger of not qualifying for the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil ahead of their final four qualifiers in the South American region. In the end, they qualified as the third best team in the region after winning their last four qualifiers.
Uruguay will rekindle their rivalry with African nation Ghana at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar after the two countries were drawn together. Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez is the talisman for Uruguay and he was the player who denied Ghana an historic place in the semifinals of the 2010 edition in South Africa after his handball on the line. Suarez was sent off, while Ghanaian striker AsamoahGyan missed the resulting spot kick to send the quarterfinal game into penalties. At the end of the shootout, Uruguay emerged victorious while Ghana exited the tournament.
Five-time African champions Ghana sealed their place in Qatar by beating arch rivals Nigeria via the away goals rule in the playoffs on the African continent. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw after two legs.
Immediate past European champions Portugal booked their place at the World Cup 2022 tournament by beating Turkey and North Macedonia in the European playoffs, while South Korea finished in the top two in the third round of the Asian qualifiers to seal a place in Qatar automatically.