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Gyan – the haunting memory of missing a World Cup penalty

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Asamoah Gyan reveals how a missed penalty in the World Cup still haunts him to this very day.

It was the 2010 World Cup and Gyan and his Ghana side were facing South American side Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

Ghana was appearing in only their second World Cup ever, and in the quarter-finals for the first time ever.

If they could overcome Uruguay they would become the first nation from the African continent to make it to the semi-finals.

The game went to extra time after things were all square after 90 minutes.

Luis Suarez was sent off for a deliberate handball, and Gyan the nation-leading scorer stepped up to take the kick that would have surely sent his team through.

He subsequently missed and his side was eliminated. Speaking to TV3 Ghana, he still struggles with today.

He said:

“Today, any time alone, it still haunts me.”

“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.”

“It was a disaster. It was crazy.”

Check out all the drama as it happened!