Today marks the exact date that and Luiz Suarez dented the hopes of in qualifying to the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

On this day 2 July 2010 (Exactly 10 years ago today) Uruguay reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1970 but ended the hopes of Africa after winning a truly extraordinary match at Soccer City on a penalty shoot-out.

seemed certain to become the first African side to reach the last four of the competition when Luis Suarez saw red after handling on the line in the dying seconds of extra-time.

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However, striker Asamoah Gyan, who had already converted two penalties in South Africa, skimmed the crossbar with the last kick of the game.


Gyan showed incredible guts to take the first spot-kick of the shoot-out but John Mensah and Dominic Adiyiah both had their low strikes saved by Fernando.

And Sebsatian Abreu then showed ice-cold composure to dink the decisive penalty beyond Richard Kingson as Uruguay sealed a semi-final tie against the Netherlands.

That was how missed out the big opportunity.

Tweeps are reacting to history today as captured below:

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