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Saturday, 10th July 2010
Nothing to Lose

Third-Place Match

Uruguay vs Germany
in Port Elizabeth

Uruguay were the only non-European team to make it to the final four.

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 Müller 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 Uruguay's equaliser.

Suarez and Cacau had close misses for Uruguay and Germany in the first-half, as both teams left the pitch with honours even.

Half-time: 1:1

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 the goal.

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.

Final Score:
Uruguay 2 Germany 3

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Thomas Müller (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)

Teams

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay:
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 Cavani.

Travel to Germany Germany:
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.

Referee:
Benito Archundia (Mexico)

Substitutions Substitutions:
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

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
4 Mins - Dennis Aogo (Germany)
7 Mins - Cacau (Germany)
61 Mins - Diego Perez (Uruguay)
92 Mins - Arne Friedrich (Germany)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
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.

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Uruguay vs South Korea
Port Elizabeth

Game 2
Argentina vs Mexico
Jo'burg Soccer City

Game 3
USA vs Ghana
Rustenburg

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Germany vs England
Bloemfontein

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Durban

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Pretoria

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Brazil vs Chile
Jo'burg Ellis Park

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Spain vs Portugal
Cape Town

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Uruguay vs Ghana
Jo'burg Soccer City

Game B
Argentina vs Germany
Cape Town

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Paraguay vs Spain
Jo'burg Ellis Park

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Semi Final 1
Uruguay vs Holland
Cape Town

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Germany vs Spain
Durban

Third-Place Match

Saturday, 9th July
Uruguay vs Germany
Port Elizabeth

2010 World Cup Final

Sunday, 11th July
Holland vs Spain
Jo'burg Soccer City

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