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Friday, July 2, 2010
Milovan Rajevac blames exit on bad luck

Soccernet staff

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."

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