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History was just 12 yards away

Updated: July 2, 2010, 8:47 PM ET
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine

JOHANNESBURG -- History was just 12 yards away.

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan placed the ball on the penalty spot knowing that his penalty kick would be the final stroke of the ball after 120 minutes had left Ghana and Uruguay deadlocked 1-1. All Gyan needed to do was convert the penalty, and the Black Stars would become the first African team to advance to a World Cup semifinal.

Put the ball into the net the way he'd done from the spot twice already in this tournament, and Gyan and ...

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