10 July 2010

URUGUAY 2 (Cavani 28, Forlan 51)
GERMANY 3 (Muller 19, Jansen 56, Khedira 82)

Aogo should have gained the distinction of being one of the quickest red cards in World Cup history. He lost possession then dived into Perez studs up at his left shin. The ref, who was surprise, surprise Mexican (can they do nothing right?) bottled it. Friedrich headed an Ozil corner against the crossbar and Khedira's follow-up header was blocked by Godin. Muslera had another poor game, he failed to hold a Schweinsteiger shot from distance and Muller snared the rebound. Schweinsteiger was largely at fault for Uruguay's equaliser. Perez caught him in possession on the half way line and poked a ball through to Suarez, Forlan dragged Aogo right, Suarez ran into that space and played in Cavani on the left and he shot into the bottom right corner to score his first World Cup goal. Forlan's magnificent pass released Suarez on the counter attack, a brilliant first touch took him in on goal but he screwed his shot wide of the left post.

Arevalo intercepted Aogo's underhit backpass, juggled the ball and played a one-two with Suarez before lifting a cross to Forlan and his right foot volley bounced into the ground and over Butt. Uruguay's lead lasted all of five minutes. Boateng swung in a terrific cross, Muslera jumped, got nowhere near the ball and Jansen headed into an empty net. Kiessling almost scored within two minutes of replacing Cacau. The Donald Sutherland look-a-like beat two players on the left of the box with a magnificent dummy but shot straight a Muslera. Ozil overhit a corner, the ball bounced off Friedrich's shin, up off Lugano's left knee and Khedira headed over Muslera and under the crossbar. Kiessling failed to finish a fabulous passing move and Suarez tricked the ref into giving Uruguay a free kick deep into injury time. Forlan's shot whacked off the top of the crossbar and the ref called time on a brilliant match.

Attendance : 36,254
Assists : n/a, Suarez, Arevalo, Boateng, n/a