South Africa V/S Uruguay
Former world champions Uruguay edged closer to the second round, with a 3-0 win over hosts South Africa, in their Group A match. Diego Forlan turned out to be the star player of the match as he orchestrated the attacks of Uruguay. He scored two goals to set up this victory. South Africa struggled to find rhythm during whole of the match. During first half they had patches of control apart from that, Uruguay had upper hand throughout the match. Though the possession rate was pretty even, South Africa struggled to attack for goals. Pienaar got the yellow card in the seventh minute for disrupting Forlan’s free kick. Tshabalala shot from long distances on many occasions for South Africa. In the 23rd minute Khune saved the shot from Suarez.
In the 25th minute, Forlan struck a free kick, which hit South African captain Mokoena and deflected into the South African net for a goal. This stunned the South African crowd. However, it did not diminish the spirits to Vuvuzelas’ in the ground. Dikgacoi received yellow card in the 42nd minute after he committed a foul on Suarez. In the second half Uruguay took control of the game from the start. Suarez dived on 51st minute and he was lucky to escape without a card. Forlan attacked mainly from the left side and created many good crosses to the box. South Africa had to chase the game back. However, Uruguay defended from the front and it made difficult for South Africans to keep possession or to launch attacks towards goal.
In the 57th minute, South Africa brought in striker Moriri to have more attacking options. In the 65th minute Mphela headed wide a ball from the corner, a glorious chance to equalize went begging. In the 68th minute, Cavani missed a great chance to double the Uruguayan lead after he miscued a great cross from Forlan inside the penalty box. Cavani had an ordinary game as he shot many balls off target during the match. South Africa had a small patch of possession and attack, which put Uruguayans on the back foot. Suarez faced some tackles throughout the match. However, he clinched a penalty for Uruguay after he fell on the ground after a contact with South African keeper Khune. However, replays suggested that it was more off 50/50 case. Referee sent off Khune showing red card, astonishing him, and whole of the crowd. Forlan scored from penalty spot past the substitute keeper Josephs, to double the Uruguayan lead. Birthday boy Uruguayan keeper Muslera had nothing much to do in this match.
In the 93rd minute Suarez gave a good looping cross from the right side which A.Periera headed for a goal to make the score line 3-0,adding salt to the host’s injury. Following this victory Uruguay leads the Group A with four points. South Africa has a daunting task- in- hand as their next opponents, France is yet to play Mexico. South Africa’s fate will be dependent on the result of that match. This was Uruguay’s first win in many world cup matches. South Africa now holds the dubious records of being the host, which was not able to score a victory after two matches.