|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac was magnanimous in defeat after seeing his Ghana team eliminated from the World in heartbreaking circumstances on Friday night.
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A handball from Luis Suarez in the dying seconds of extra-time gave Asamoah Gyan the chance to make Ghana the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, but he could only strike the bar.
That meant the quarter-final would be decided on penalties and though Gyan showed great courage to take and score the first spot-kick, John Mensah and Dominic Adiyiah were both denied by Fernando Muslera as Uruguay progressed to face Netherlands.
But despite the manner of Suarez's intervention and Gyan's evident disappointment - when he could barely stand as he succumbed to a flood of tears after Sebastian Abreu's winning penalty - Rajevac was in pragmatic mood.
"There are no words to express what we feel," Rajevac said. "This is sport's injustice but I congratulate Uruguay tonight - they were the lucky ones. All I can say is that this is football.
"At the end we had an historic opportunity to reach the semi-final - we had a penalty but you saw it all. The opponents had the psychological advantage in the shoot-out. Everything happened so fast.
"We really had big support and it would have been a fairytale if it ended well for us, but I would like to congratulate Uruguay on reaching the semi-finals.
"I'm very proud. We managed to achieve a great result and the whole of Africa supported us. We didn't deserve to lose in such a way and it's difficult to talk about it at the moment. We had bad luck that's all I can say."