July 10, 2010
Germany edges Uruguay for third place
By THE SPORTS NETWORK
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa - Sami Khedira's goal eight minutes from time capped a 3-2 Germany win over Uruguay in the third-place match of the FIFA World Cup at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
Khedira broke a 2-2 deadlock in the 82nd minute with a close-range header from a corner kick, but Uruguay had a 20-yard free kick right before the final whistle, and Diego Forlan watched it crash off the crossbar.
The Germans took the lead after 19 minutes through Thomas Muller, but his opener was canceled out nine minutes later by Uruguay's Edinson Cavani.
Forlan put Uruguay ahead six minutes into the second half, while Marcell Jansen leveled the match five minutes later for Germany before Khedira's goal settled things.
This is the second successive World Cup where Germany has finished in third place, while Uruguay's fourth-place finish in their best since 1970.
Both teams threatened the goal in the opening 10 minutes as Forlan curled a 20-yard free kick wide of the upper-left corner of the net, while Germany's Arne Friedrich had his header come back off the crossbar.
The Germans seized the lead in the 18th minute when a tricky long-range effort from Bastian Schweinsteiger wasn't held by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, leaving a simple tap in for Muller.
However, Schweinsteiger turned the ball over in midfield nine minutes later and it led to the equalizer as Luis Suarez laid a pass off to Cavani on the left and he did well to roll the ball inside the far post.
Suarez went close with a low shot from inside the penalty area shortly before halftime, but Forlan tallied his fifth goal of the tournament with a splendid volley from the top of the box in the 51st minute.
Muslera was at fault again five minutes later as a right-wing cross from Jerome Boateng should have been dealt with. But the keeper missed the ball, which allowed Jansen to head home the equalizer.
Suarez forced a good save from German goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt, while substitute Stefan Kiessling shot straight at Muslera after making a nice move inside the area.
However, some sloppy defending inside the box by Uruguay allowed Khedira to put his team in front before Forlan nearly sent the match into extra time.