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Beating the odds

Updated: July 5, 2010, 11:26 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

JOHANNESBURG -- When Uruguay overcame Ghana in its World Cup quarterfinal last Friday, it marked perhaps the greatest escape in tournament history, coming as it did after Ghanaian forward Asamoah Gyan missed a potential game-winning penalty in the dying seconds. But what's almost as remarkable is how close La Celeste came to not being in South Africa at all.

As is its habit, Uruguay's qualifying campaign made Jason's trip on the Argo look like a Sunday cruise. La Celeste struggled ...

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