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Wednesday, 16th June 2010
Forlan on Song

Group A Match

South Africa vs Uruguay
in Pretoria

We can now get a second look at the 2010 World Cup Finals contenders; and with all teams in Group A on one point, it's time for someone to start winning.

The South African team sang in the tunnel but weren't in tune when they played on the pitch.

Uruguay made a more positive start after their poor display against France in the first game.

After his great goal in the opening World Cup game, Siphiwe Tshabalala was a little ambitious with a couple of early attempts in Pretoria.

Having seen plenty of shots float sky high, Itumeleng Khune was a little shocked to watch Diego Forlan's 24th minute strike actually dip under the bar; although it did take a slight deflection off Aaron Mokoena.

The hosts have it all to do if they want to make the knockout stage now.

Half-time: 0:1

With Diego Forlan and Luis Suárez running the show for Uruguay, South Africa needed to change something if they wanted to stay at the party.

Bafana Bafana came to life, with twenty minutes to go, after appealing to the crowd to give them more noise.

Unfortunately, when Luis Suárez sped into the South Africa penalty area, Khune caught the striker with his left foot. Massimo Busacca took a while going for his pocket; Khune backed off, fearing the worse - red card.

Diego Forlan had to wait an age while the reserve goalkeeper made himself ready, but the former Manchester United striker kept his cool and all but ended South Africa's hopes of getting out of the group stage. The hosts will need to beat France and have other results go their way.

Diego Forlan then played a part in Uruguay's third goal, in the final seconds of time added on; crossing the ball to Luis Suarez, who switched it back to Alvaro Pereira on the goal-line.

Final Score:
South Africa 0 Uruguay 3

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Diego Forlan (24 mins)
0:2 Diego Forlan (80 mins - penalty)
0:3 Alvaro Pereira (95 mins)

Man of The Match:
Diego Forlan does it again.

Teams

Travel to South Africa South Africa:
16 Itumeleng Khune; 3 Tsepo Masilela, 20 Bongani Khumalo, 4 Aaron Mokoena, 2 Siboniso Gaxa; 8 Siphiwe Tshabalala, 13 Kagisho Dikgacoi, 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane, 11 Teko Modise; 9 Katlego Mphela, 10 Steven Pienaar.

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay:
1 Fernando Muslera; 3 Diego Godín, 2 Diego Lugano, 4 Jorge Fucile; 11 Álvaro Pereira, 17 Egidio Arévalo, 7 Edinson Cavani, 15 Diego Pérez, 16 Maxi Pereira; 9 Luis Suárez, 10 Diego Forlán.

Referee:
Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Substitutions Substitutions:
57 Mins (South Africa) - 19 Surprise Moriri on for 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane
71 Mins (Uruguay) - 20 Mauricio Victorino on for 4 Jorge Fucile
79 Mins (South Africa) - 22 Moeneeb Josephs on for 10 Steven Pienaar
89 Mins (Uruguay) - 21 Alvaro Fernandez on for 7 Edinson Cavani
91 Mins (Uruguay) - 5 Walter Gargano on for 15 Diego Pérez

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
6 Mins - Steven Pienaar (South Africa)
42 Mins - Kagisho Dikgacoi (South Africa) - misses next game.

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
76 Mins - Itumeleng Khune (South Africa)

Previous Encounters:
Uruguay beat South Africa (4:3) at the 1997 Confederations Cup in Riyadh but drew a blank when the two teams met in Johannesburg, in 2007.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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Group A
France
Mexico
South Africa
Uruguay

Group B
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Greece
Nigeria
South Korea

Group C
Algeria
England
Slovenia
USA

Group D
Australia
Germany
Ghana
Serbia

Group E
Cameroon
Denmark
Holland
Japan

Group F
Italy
New Zealand
Paraguay
Slovakia

Group G
Brazil
Côte d'Ivoire
North Korea
Portugal

Group H
Chile
Honduras
Spain
Switzerland

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