Having never made it past the group stage in two attempts, the Africans were eager to assert their dominance over Uruguay, which they did from the very first minute. After a succession of chances in the opening stages, they broke the deadlock as early as the eight minute when Jane Ayieyam headed home Sherifatu Sumaila’s corner.
Ghana made it three on the stroke of half-time when Regina Antwi’s ball found Alberta Aialey on the edge of the box. Anabel Ubal rushed off her line to claim the ball from Aialey’s feet, but the ball slipped from her grasp and the forward was handed a simple opportunity to score.
Ghana will now be hoping for a positive result from their final game against China in Baku on Sunday to ensure their progression to the last eight.
"This match was very important for us. The win has put us in a good position to qualify for the next round - we needed to win at all costs. I am happy that my girls won, but I think there are still some things that need to be done." Ma-Ud Dramani, Ghana coach