The sixty-third game of the 2010 World Cup may have technically been for third place in the tournament but having come so close to the title, that wasn’t the real motivator for Germany and Uruguay. This match was solely for pride. One last game and one last chance to end the tournament as a winner. After a month of pouring your heart out, pride will be all that you have left to go with the bumps and bruises.
Germany 3 vs. Uruguay 2 – This game could have been a dreadfully boring disaster because it is so easily written off as being meaningless. However, both teams played this game at full throttle and didn’t let up until the final whistle. In the 19th minute, Thomas Muller blasted a Bastien Schweinsteiger rebound home to open the game up. The Celeste tied the game up by taking a page out of the German’s playbook. On the counterattack, Luis Suarez, hero of the quarterfinal against Ghana, fed Edinson Cavani who drove it home to knot the game at ones after the first 45 minutes. Uruguay took only six minutes in the second half to give the Celeste their first lead. Diego Forlan volleyed a cross home that left the German keeper no chance. Only five minutes after that, Marcell Jansen headed Jerome Boateng’s cross home for the tying goal. From there, the game opened up as the teams chased the win in regulation time. It was Germany who got it in the 82nd minute when a corner kick bounced to Sami Khedira who headed home the winner. It almost wasn’t to be, though. Diego Forlan’s 92nd minute free kick hit the crossbar from 20 yards out. Six inches lower and he would have tied it up in spectacular fashion but it wasn’t to be for Uruguay. The win means the Germany finishes in 3rd place for the second-straight tournament, making them the first side to do so in history.
Man of the Match: Diego Forlan (Uruguay) – 1 goal
Final: Spain vs. Netherlands