When El Loco lived up to his name

Date added: 2021-01-26

When El Loco lived up to his name

It was one of the most memorable moments of this, or any, FIFA World Cup. Sebastian Abreu had the responsibility of returning Uruguay to the semi-finals for the first time in four decades. But with Ghana also on the verge of history, and Africans united in support of the Black Stars, the vast bulk of a noisy, partisan Soccer City crowd was willing El Loco to miss. But while countless players have faltered under such pressure, and many more still have gone for the obvious, 'safe' option of going hard and low to one corner or the other, Abreu took the road less travelled. With hearts pumping and vuvuzelas blaring all around him, the eccentric Uruguay star won the shooutout with the cheekiest of chips.

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