Third Place Match Summary

July 03, 2010 - 06122776 date 03 07 2010 Copyright imago BPI Thomas Muller of Germany Celebrates Scoring The Opening Goal Against Argentina PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUKxFRAxNEDxESPxSWExPOLxCHNxJPN men Football World Cup ger DFB National team international match Quarter-finals Cape Town Action shot Single Vdig xsk 2010 horizontal Highlight premiumd Football.

With both teams out to avoid the ignominy of a fourth place finish, the match was open from the start and became even more free-flowing as the clocked ticked closer to 90. Germany were first on the board, as Thomas Muller tapped in a 19th minute rebound. Bastian Schweinsteiger had attempted a long range shot and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera stopped the attempt but failed to collect the ball, allowing Muller to add to his four goals. The South Americans, however, were not behind for long. Schweinsteiger’s 28th minute giveaway led to a counter that was finished off by Edinson Cavani.

While no one else scored before the break, Diego Forlan – who has an outside shot to win the ‘Golden Ball’ award for the tournament’s best player – scored in the 51st, volleying in his fifth goal of the tournament. Like Uruguay in the first half, Germany wasted little time equalizing, with Marcell Jensen heading home a Jerome Boateng cross in the 56th. Muslera made multiple errors on the sequence – coming out late and failing to call off defender Jorge Fucile (who happens to be a dead ringer for Justin Long).

After the match’s fourth goal, Germany began to control possession and eventually found the winner in the 82nd. A Mesut Ozil corner was not cleared and Sami Khedira headed in the loose ball. Uruguay once again summoned energy to attempt a tying goal, and they almost succeeded on the last kick of the match. But Forlan’s free kick hit the post.

Germany have now finished third in two straight World Cups and were an even more frustrating second in 2002. Uruguayan fans may be a bit disappointed with how the tournament ended, but a fourth place finish is an excellent result for a squad many thought wouldn’t reach the knockout round.

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  1. robinoz0 says:

    this was easily one of the most enjoyable matches this entire tournament. Forlan’s goal astounded me. he touched it so perfectly!

  2. bensten says:

    Very entertaining game. Uruguay showed great spirit–as the announcers pointed out, they were the underdogs in nearly every match they played, and their they were playing for 3rd best team on the planet.

    Remember all those superstars in the Nike World Cup commercial? With all due respect, Forlan outshone them all!

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