Wednesday, 16th June 2010
Forlan on Song
South Africa vs Uruguay
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.
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.
South Africa 0 Uruguay 3
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.
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.
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
Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
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
6 Mins - Steven Pienaar (South Africa)
42 Mins - Kagisho Dikgacoi (South Africa) - misses next game.
1 Red Card:
76 Mins - Itumeleng Khune (South Africa)
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.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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