Uruguay striker Luis Suarez claimed “the ‘Hand of God’ now belongs to me” after he broke Ghana’s hearts and helped his side reach the World Cup semi-finals.
Get a free bet from Blue Square to use on the World Cup - use the code MAXIMUMBONUS when you register!
The Ajax ace was given a straight red card for saving a goalbound-header on the line in extra-time, but Ghana missed the resulting penalty and Uruguay went through to the last four after winning a shoot-out.
FIFA confirmed on Saturday that Suarez will only serve a one-match ban, Tuesday’s semi-final clash with Holland, and the striker has shown no signs of remorse as his post-match comments evoked memories of Diego Maradona’s goal against England in the 1986 finals.
He said: “Mine is the real ‘Hand of God’. I made the best save of the tournament. Sometimes in training I play as a goalkeeper so it was worth it.
“There was no alternative but for me to do that and when they missed the penalty I thought ‘it is a miracle and we are alive in the tournament’.
“Now we are in the semi-finals, and although I was very sad because no-one likes to be sent off, the celebration afterwards was impressive – nobody gave us a chance but, with courage, we move forward.”
Suarez is two goals behind Golden Boot leader David Villa and is out at 66/1 with Blue Square, who make Uruguay team-mate Diego Forlan - also on three goals - 16/1.