Saturday, 10th July 2010
Nothing to Lose
Uruguay vs Germany
in Port Elizabeth
Uruguay were the only non-European team to make it to the final
With nothing to lose anymore, as both teams lost their semi-final
matches, fans of an attacking game had everything to hope for.
When Fernando Muslera could only deflect Bastian Schweinsteiger's long
range shot, in the 18th minute, Thomas M�ller ran into the penalty area to follow up and
score his fifth goal of the tournament.
Ten minutes later, Diego Perez stole the ball from Bastian
Schweinsteiger and moved the ball upfield; where Luis Suarez fed Edinson Cavani for
Suarez and Cacau had close misses for Uruguay and Germany in the
first-half, as both teams left the pitch with honours even.
Uruguay started the second-half by giving Germany a taste of their own
Medikament with some swift passing and clean striking of the ball around the penalty area;
Egidio Arevalo pulling the ball back, for Diego Forlan to crack in with his weaker, right
foot - just six minutes after the re-start.
Five minutes later, Germany were level as Fernando Muslera missed
Jerome Boateng's cross and the ball hit the side of Marcell Jansen's face on its way into
Eight minutes from time, a sloppy corner bounced around the Uruguay
area before Sami Khedira could nod the ball into the back of the net.
Not a spectacular goal, not a contender for goal of the tournament,
but a fifth goal in an otherwise meaningless game before the main event tomorrow evening.
Congratulations to both Uruguay and Germany for making a game of it.
Over the course of the tournament Germany probably deserved their medal although Uruguay
came so close to levelling the score; when Diego Forlan's free-kick hit the crossbar in
the last action of the game.
Uruguay 2 Germany 3
0:1 Thomas M�ller (18 mins)
1:1 Edinson Cavani (28 mins)
2:1 Diego Forlan (51 mins)
2:2 Marcell Jansen (56 mins)
2:3 Sami Khedira (82 mins)
1 Fernando Muslera; 22 Martin Caceres, 3 Diego Godin, 2 Diego Lugano, 4 Jorge Fucile; 17
Egidio Arevalo, 15 Diego Perez, 16 Maxi Pereira; 10 Diego Forlan, 9 Luis Suarez, 7 Edinson
22 Hans-Jörg Butt; 4 Dennis Aogo, 3 Arne Friedrich, 17 Per Mertesacker, 20 Jerome
Boateng; 2 Marcell Jansen, 6 Sami Khedira, 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger, 13 Thomas Müller; 19
Cacau, 8 Mesut Özil.
Benito Archundia (Mexico)
73 Mins (Germany) - 9 Stefan Kiessling on for 19 Cacau
77 Mins (Uruguay) - 5 Walter Gargano on for 15 Diego Perez
81 Mins (Germany) - 18 Toni Kroos on for 2 Marcell Jansen
89 Mins (Uruguay) - 13 Sebastian Abreu on for 7 Edinson Cavani
91 Mins (Germany) - 5 Serdar Tasci on for 8 Mesut Özil
4 Mins - Dennis Aogo (Germany)
7 Mins - Cacau (Germany)
61 Mins - Diego Perez (Uruguay)
92 Mins - Arne Friedrich (Germany)
0 Red Cards.
Uruguay have yet to beat Germany; having lost six and drawn two; the last being a (0:5)
drubbing in Bochum (October, 1993).
West Germany beat Uruguay (1:0) for third place in Mexico City at Mexico 1970.
They also won the Sheffield quarter-finals match (4:0) at England 1966 and drew (1:1) in a Queretaro group
stage match at Mexico 1986.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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