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Colombia's Andres Escobar shot dead on return home

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 6, 2014 at 3:39 am •  Published: June 6, 2014
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On July 2 in history: Tragedy strikes as Andres Escobar killed in Medellin, Colombia, during 1994 World Cup.

Luis Suarez hand-ball helps Uruguay beat Ghana in Johannesburg in 2010.

A few days after returning home early from a tournament many, including Pele, thought Colombia could win, defender Andres Escobar was shot dead in his hometown of Medellin. The killing, which cast a shadow over the rest of the tournament in the U.S., appeared to be directly linked to Escobar's own goal that gave the host the lead in their group match in Los Angeles on June 22. Colombia eventually lost the game 2-1 and with it any chance of progressing further in the tournament.

In the last minute of extra time in a keenly fought 2010 quarterfinal, Uruguay striker Suarez was sent off after he used his hands to keep out Dominic Adiyah's goal-bound header. Asamoah Gyan smashed the ensuing penalty onto the bar. Ghana went on to lose the penalty shootout, thereby failing to become Africa's first semifinalist as the continent staged its first World Cup.


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