BBC Sport world-cup-2010


South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

By Sam Lyon & Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 17:20 Commentary  

    Well well well. The first round of group matches are complete, and can we say any of the big boys - bar Germany - have really impressed? Argentina and Brazil looked good in spells, yes, but England, Italy, France, Portugal...? Hhmm.

  2. 17:24 Commentary  

    I'm Sam Lyon, and I'll be with you for the next hour or so before Jonathan Stevenson returns for this evening's South Africa-Uruguay match. We have our first World Cupset - but what I want from you are your overall impressions from the first just-under-a-week. Get in touch via text to 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), via Twitter @sampatricklyon or via the 606 page. You know you want to.

  3. 606  

    From Alexandereski: "I think this has been a terrific World Cup so far. More uncertainty than usual, after the first round of games, and some of the more modestly skilled teams showing what good preparation and great team work is all about."

  4. SMS  

    From Xavier, Egypt: "Ok... I’m just going to go and say it... Can we just give the Cup to Germany and be done with it? They are the only team that wants to win it."

  5. 17:32 Commentary  

    Ok, so has Spain's defeat changed anyone's opinion on how 'bad' a result England's draw against the United States was? "Not losing the opening game is the most important thing," said captain Steven Gerrard after that one - and, indeed, that appears to have been the modus operandi of most teams thus far. According to my colleague, losing the first game gives teams only a one in five chance of reaching the last 16, statistically speaking. Ouch for Spain.

  6. SMS  

    From Chris in Geneva: "It’s cold and wet in Geneva, but the normally calm Swiss are dancing in the streets, hooting their horns (normally gets you a fine for disturbing the peace); and yes, I can even hear some Vuvuzelas. There may even be some that break their self-imposed 10pm curfew tonight!"

  7. Twitter  

    From ponejoels: "Why the need for goalfests? Watching the Swiss win and N.Korea hold Brazil for 45 minutes was fantastic. Great WC so far!"

  8. 17:41 Commentary  

    I have a bit more bad news for Spain - no team has ever lost their opening match in a World Cup and gone on to win the tournament. In fact, only three have previously reached the final after defeat in their first game - West Germany (1982), Argentina (1990) and Italy (1994). It's up for grabs now, folks!

  9. Twitter  

    From preetinirgude: "We can't say Germany are the best team so far cos the Aussies would have made a wet lettuce look like world champions...!"

  10. Contributor Spain coach Vicente del Bosque  

    "This is just the first match, everyone agrees that we have to fight to get out the group. No one in the team has ever talked about getting to the final or winning. We hit an obstacle and we'll get over it. Today just wasn't our day. We have two games ahead of us and we have to find a way to win them."

  11. Twitter  

    From Uruguay striker Diego Forlan: "On our way to the stadium !!!"

  12. 17:53 Commentary  

    And before we get into the South Africa-Uruguay pre-match stuff, a word on the latest from the England camp - Don Fabio Capello has revealed not only that Gareth Barry will definitely start against Algeria on Friday, but that he has two other selection issues - whether to stick with Robert Green in goal, and whether to replace Emile Heskey with Jermain Defoe up front. Thoughts?

  13. 17:57 Commentary  

    Of course, you might not want a straight-faced review of the action so far. You might want to hear the thoughts of Jose Mourinho, Wayne Rooney and Sven-Goran Eriksson in puppet form, for example. If that is you, consider yourself lucky that we at the BBC cater for all tastes - no matter how weird or wonderful. It's like 'Team America', but with more sport. And less swearing. Happy days.

  14. SMS  

    From Kamwea in Kenya: "The World Cup starts now."

  15. Contributor Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld  

    "These were three unexpected points. We had to defend well because If you play an attacking game against Spain, you'll lose and suffer one goal after the next. Our keeper, Diego Benaglio, was world class and decisive to our win."

  16. 18:04 Commentary  

    Now then, why don't we start to look ahead to the first of the second phase of matches - South Africa v Uruguay? If you feel like you're in need of some inspiration and/or mood-music to get the blood pumping ahead of that one, I reckon BBC One's opening sequence for the match will do the trick. A Curtis Mayfield song covered by Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo and the children of the Rosebank Primary School? It simply cannot fail.

  17. SMS  

    From Gordon, London: "I would love to see South Africa either draw or somehow come up with a win. Not impossible looking back at the upsets we've seen so far!"

  18. 606  

    From deez08: "Now that Spain are 5/1 second favs after their defeat, I will certainly be lumping on them to win the whole thing! They rarely lose... this might be it for a while now!"

  19. 18:11 Commentary  

    Lest we forget, South Africa, of course, will be looking to build on their near-perfect tournament opener against Mexico tonight and go one better than the draw they achieved in Johannesburg last Friday. Uruguay, too, will want to build on the point they earned against France that day - and I dare say both will fancy their chances too. Get ready for even more vuvuzelas too - love 'em or loathe 'em.

  20. Twitter  

    From Alexlawson8: "Capello's decision to inform starting players two hours before KO will be England's downfall. Rob Green needs to know he's no 1 to get prepared."

  21. 18:19 Commentary South Africa v Uruguay teams  

    South Africa: 16-Itumeleng Khune; 2-Siboniso Gaxa, 3-Tsepo Masilela, 20-Bongani Khumalo, 4-Aaron Mokoena; 12-Reneilwe Letsholonyane, 13-Kagisho Dikgacoi, 10-Steven Pienaar, 11-Teko Modise, 8-Siphiwe Tshabalala; 9-Katlego Mphela.
    Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 2-Diego Lugano, 3-Diego Godin, 4-Jorge Fucile, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 15-Diego Perez, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 11-Alvaro Pereira, 9-Luis Suarez, 10-Diego Forlan.
    Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

  22. Twitter  

    From GunnerJody: "Watch out for Teko Modise tonight - he's the South African Iniesta. And judging by today, he's better than the original."

  23. SMS  

    From Rish: "It has truly been a ’world’ cup and not a ’Fifa’s top 10’ cup so far. That has to be good..."

  24. 18:25 Commentary  

    Right - like it or not, I'm going to hit you with some stat-chat - and these ones bode well for South Africa. No host nation has ever failed to get a win in either of their first two World Cup matches, and no host nation has ever not survived the group stages. They are unbeaten in the 14 matches they have played under coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and they have netted in their last six World Cup matches. Uruguay, on the other hand, have not won in their last five World Cup matches and have not won the second match at a World Cup since... 1966.

  25. 18:28 Commentary  

    And just before I hand you back to Jonathan Stevenson in Johannesburg, you may want to get involved in some Q&A chat with John Motson on his World Cup Motty Twitter page. What that man does not know about football...

  26. 606  

    From Douggielee: "Fewest goals per match at any WC: 2.21 at Italia '90. Goals per match in this WC so far: 1.56."

  27. 18:35 Commentary  

    And on that bombshell from a clearly unhappy Douggielee below, I will send you out to Johannesburg (metaphorically speaking, sorry) and into the welcoming arms of Jonathan Stevenson for all your South Africa-Uruguay chat. I, Sam Lyon, will be back tomorrow so I'll see you all then, right? Good. See ya.

  28. 18:38 Commentary  

    Goeie dag from South Africa, on one of the great days of celebration in this truly great country. It’s an honour to bring you coverage of the host nation’s second game of the World Cup, against Uruguay in Pretoria. I’m Jonathan Stevenson, I’m in Johannesburg and I’d like to wish you all a very happy Youth Day.

  29. 18:41 Commentary  

    I’d also like to wish World Cup mascot Zakumi a very happy 16th birthday. The green-haired, football-carrying leopard’s motto is ‘Zakumi's game is Fair Play’ - I think we can all agree with the young man there, can’t we? Refresh your page and let's get down to business.

  30. 18:45 Commentary  

    Back to the football, and this is a game of enormous importance for both South Africa and Uruguay as Group A moves into a second round of matches. Bafana Bafana drew their first game against a lively Mexico side, while Uruguay impressed in their goalless game against France. A win tonight for either would mean taking a huge step towards the last 16.

  31. 18:48 Commentary South Africa v Uruguay team news:  

    Hosts South Africa make one change from the side that drew the opening game of this World Cup with Mexico as left-back Tsepo Masilela starts in place of Lucas Thwala, who he replaced at half-time on Friday. Uruguay have selected Edinson Cavani as the strike partner for Luis Suarez, with Diego Forlan selected to play in a slightly withdrawn role behind the front two. Their only other change sees Jorge Fucile comes in on the right side of defence. Mauricio Victorino and Ignacio Gonzalez are the two players who make way from the team who drew their opening game 0-0 with France.

  32. 18:52 Commentary  

    Hit me with everything you’ve got – before you know it, it’ll be the middle of July and we might not be here for you to bombard. Smash me a Tweet @Stevo_football, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or join the boys and girls in the debate on the 606 page. I say ‘or’ , but there’s nothing stopping you doing all of the above, you know.

  33. Twitter  

    From 1983Patch: "What with Maicon's wonder goal and the Swiss amazing rearguard action, I've got the feeling we might have finally arrived!"

  34. Contributor BBC World Service's Farayi Mungazi  

    On Twitter: "Aaron Mokoena looking relaxed as he leads Bafana players in pre-match exercises ."

  35. 19:01 Commentary  

    Like a ticking time bomb, that man. Diego Armando Maradona finally went off on one earlier today, telling Pele to “get back in a museum” and saying all sorts of things about Uefa president Michel Platini. There is video of the Argentina coach’s latest stream of consciousness, but regrettably it is only UK only. You’ve got to love him, haven’t you?

  36. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Colesberg Civic Centre:  

    "I'm in Colesberg on the edge of the Karoo as the BBC Bus heads from Port Elizabeth to Bloemfontein. It is almost freezing but, in other regards, red hot. The civic centre has a big screen inside. The place is already packed to the rafters as Bafana Bafana fans come down from the nearby townships to watch the South Africa-Uruguay match on the big screen. The atmosphere is absolutely sensational. Feverish."

  37. 19:06 Commentary  

    South Africa v Uruguay is live on BBC One and this website, not incidentally. If you missed the start of the coverage, you really should try to watch it sometime - it's a Curtis Mayfield song covered by Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo and the children of the Rosebank Primary School, if you were wondering, and it's utterly brilliant.

  38. Contributor BBC Sport's Jurgen Klinsmann  

    "It would be wonderful for the atmosphere here and the competition if South Africa won tonight. We want to see a few more goals in the World Cup as well now we're into the second round of games."

  39. 19:12 Commentary South Africa's Steven Pienaar:  

    “It is a big day in South African history, and we as players want to beat Uruguay and take a step closer to reaching the knockout phase and thereby making it a double celebration for South Africa. As for me, I have played 36 games in the last three months. My legs are a bit tired, but as long as my mind and heart are there, I will push myself until I cannot do any more.”

  40. SMS  

    From Ali Murdoch: "Loving the South Africans' singing as they came off their team bus! Such a contrast to the Uruguayans and their thermos flasks..."

  41. 19:17 Commentary The great Archbishop Desmond Tutu:  

    "For those of you saying you don't like the vuvuzelas... You have come to South Africa, and you will enjoy EVERYTHING South African. Everything!!"

  42. 19:20 Commentary Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez:  

    "Playing against the World Cup hosts is always very special, with the atmosphere and all those expectations. We know it's going to be very difficult but we know if we win we will take a giant leap forward."

  43. Twitter  

    From Jimbomarsden: "After a Chilean 3-3-1-3 and a sterling effort from the Swiss I have a sneaky feeling that SA will come up trumps tonight!"

  44. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Moyes  

    "When he gets back to Everton, I'm going to get Steven Pienaar to teach the lads that dance they did coming into the stadium. Except it'd probably take us weeks to get to that level!"

  45. 19:26 Commentary  

    The teams are out at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria and it's a stunning wall of noise that greets them. Massive, massive, massive game of football.

  46. 19:29 Commentary  

    I might record all 32 anthems and just watch them over and over again when the World Cup finishes. Of course, it might be that I'm just getting carried away...

  47. 606  

    From Cookie_Monster_Will_Eat_You: "Uruguay 5-3 South Africa... let's have some GOALS!!!!!!"

  48. 19:33 KICK-OFF  

    Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us that since 1958, five World Cup host countries now have drawn their opening match - and on the previous four occasions, they won their second game. We're under way in Pretoria.

  49. 2 mins Commentary  

    Maxi Pereira goes on a good run from right-back, but his touch is too heavy just outside the South Africa box and the danger is cleared. Is it just me or are players' touches too heavy in general this World Cup?

  50. 5 mins Commentary  

    Aaron Mokoena and Luis Suarez both go in with high feet and referee Massimo Busacca of Switzerland gives the South Americans a free-kick 23 yards out...

  51. 6 mins YELLOW CARD  

    ... Steven Pienaar charges the free-kick down but he's three yards away when the ball is struck and he's booked for encroaching. Needless.

  52. 8 mins Commentary  

    Diego Forlan tries again, but this time it smacks straight into the middle of the wall. Soon after, Luis Suarez shoots wide from a tight angle.

  53. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "I know it's only the second game, but you do feel a bit more urgency already in this one don't you?"

  54. 10 mins Commentary  

    It's Diego o'clock - Forlan tries to lift a free-kick on to the head of Godin, but it's just too high for the Uruguay numebr three. The South Americans are doing what Mexico did on Friday - completely dominating the opening stages.

  55. SMS  

    Mike V from the States: "Final score: South Africa 7-6 Uruguay. That’ll bring the goals-per-match average to a respectable 2.23 for Douggielee (see 1835)."

  56. 14 mins Commentary  

    Confidence. Siphiwe Tshabalala collects a pass 40 yards out, and the scorer of South Africa's stunning goal on Friday tries to repeat the feat from a bit further out - it ends up a bit too high and a bit too wide.

  57. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Moyes  

    "This game has got a little bit more edge to it. Certainly the players are all a bit brighter than they were in the first matches."

  58. 16 mins Commentary  

    Maybe too confident. Siphiwe Tshabalala tries another one from just outside the box, but when his drifter floats over Fernando Muslera's crossbar, Steven Pienaar goes mental because he was in a great position to his team-mate's left.

  59. 20 mins Commentary  

    Siphiwe Tshabalala curls a high free-kick to the far post for Sout Africa and Bongani Khumalo heads it back across goal, but Uruguay get the ball clear. The hosts are coming into it more after a slow start.

  60. Contributor BBC Sport's Guy Mowbray  

    "The first 20 minutes have just flown by."

  61. 23 mins Commentary  

    There's a definite intensity to the play, but there's still a glaring lack of quality in the final third with passes going astray too often. Maybe there's just too much at stake these days? Luis Suarez lashes in a right-foot shot from an angle 15 yards out and Itumeleng Khune handles it with care.

  62. 24 mins GOAL South Africa 0-1 Uruguay  

    He's only gone and smashed one in from long-range, you know. Diego Forlan takes possession 35 yards out, swivels into some space and hits a fierce shot that takes a slight but significant deflection off Aaron Mokoena and flies into the net over Itumeleng Khune. Hammer blow for the hosts.

  63. 27 mins Commentary  

    There's plenty of time for South Africa to come back in Pretoria, but have they got the quality? Uruguay have made a terrific start to this game.

  64. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Moyes  

    "You want your goalkeepers to take off and at least have a go. It may have taken a slight deflection, [but] Khune stands there and watches it go in."

  65. 30 mins Commentary  

    A couple of the South African players asked their fans to raise the volume at the Loftus Versfeld tonight, and how Bafana Bafana need their supporters now. Uruguay look in almost total control.

  66. 33 mins Commentary  

    On the right of the South Africa box, Luis Suarez goes past Bongani Khumalo, but his shot from a tight angle screams into the side-netting. Suarez is looking in pretty good nick tonight.

  67. 606  

    From The Best Revenge is a Stoke Season Ticket: "See guys, all you have to do is make sure you crack it off the head of a defender, then you'll get the bend and dip you want. Nothing wrong with the ball at all."

  68. 36 mins Commentary  

    Uruguay are knocking the ball around with ease and South Africa cannot get a foot on it at the moment. When the hosts do get forward, there is usually only Katlego Mphela in the area at any one time, which isn't enough.

  69. SMS  

    Simon T from Shoreditch, London: "Forlan's running this game - he could play in his slippers!"

  70. 40 mins Commentary  

    That's their problem - when they get a cross in, there's only one man in there to hit. Teko Modise swings the ball over from the right and Katlego Mphela heads just wide from 15 yards. They are asking a lot of the lone South African frontman tonight.

  71. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "This is far too easy for Uruguay, they are not under any real pressure anywhere on the pitch. Look at Carlos Alberto Parreira, he knows he's going to have to change it, he knows."

  72. 43 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Disaster for Kagisho Dikgacoi - he goes straight through Luis Suarez on halfway and picks up his second booking of the World Cup, meaning he will miss their last Group A tie against France in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. He's from Bloemfontein , too.

  73. Contributor BBC Sport's Alan Hansen  

    "No matter about the support they have got, unless you have got that quality in the final third of the pitch you are not going to score goals."

  74. Contributor BBC Sport's Jurgen Klinsmann  

    "Steven Pienaar is trying to pull the strings for South Africa, but they are just unable to find a way through. Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez have quality and great movement and that is the difference."

  75. Contributor BBC Sport's Emmanuel Adebayor  

    "I think Aaron Mokoena must have seen Diego Forlan play a lot of times - we've all seen him play a lot of times and we know he likes to shoot on sight. They gave him too much space to get his shot away."

  76. Twitter  

    From uzito: "History in the making now that the European champions were beaten. Even the hosts will be bundled out of the competition."

  77. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Moyes  

    "South Africa need to get the ball forward a bit quicker. Move Pienaar out to the right or left, where he plays for Everton, and put another centre-forward on. It's not quite Cup football yet, but it's not far away from it. Uruguay are working as hard as a Premier League team."

  78. 20:34 Commentary South Africa 0-1 Uruguay  

    After a huddle for the hosts, we're under way - is this the most important 45 minutes in the history of South African football?

  79. 47 mins Commentary  

    More of the same so far, as Uruguay show their class on the ball in the early stages. South Africa are going to have to change something eventually.

  80. 48 mins Commentary  

    Luis Suarez has had a cracking game and he beats Aaron Mokoena down the left just inside the South African area, his dangerous cross almost falling for Edinson Cavani only for Tsepo Masilela to get in a timely tackle.

  81. 50 mins Commentary  

    Luis Suarez gets an unintentional smack in the mouth and with blood falling from his face he needs to go off and get some treatment.

  82. 51 mins Commentary  

    Luis Suarez is back on - and he wants a penalty. He cuts in from the right this time and falls somewhat theatrically under a challenge from Bongani Khumalo. He demands a spot-kick, but Swiss ref Massimo Busacca waves play on. The Uruguayan bench are pretty angry.

  83. 54 mins Commentary  

    Diego Forlan curls in another fabulous free-kick from out on the left and, all alone, Diego Lugano gets his header all wrong - it hits the captain's shoulder and loops up and South Africa clear the danger. It's looking like a mismatch at the moment.

  84. 606  

    From Vermaelen's left peg: "I am sure Carlos Alberto Parreira is trying is to get his side to play the proper way, but I think they might have to accept their inability to do so and go route one to try and get back into the game."

  85. 57 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    South Africa do make the change, with defensive midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane making way for forward Surprise Moriri.

  86. SMS  

    From Jake Yeomans: "It's a crying shame really, Uruguay are dominating our field - you would have thought being at Loftus Versfeld would have helped, but I ain't seeing it."

  87. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Moyes  

    "South Africa are struggling and, at this point, don't look a good team."

  88. 62 mins Commentary  

    Maxi Pereira is a good player but he's too selfish on this occasion. He does really well to jink inside off the right flank but when he gets to the corner of the penalty area, he slams a shot over instead of looking for a team-mate. Frustrating.

  89. 64 mins Commentary  

    Kagisho Dikgacoi is treading a bit of a fine line - he goes in hard on Jorge Fucile and the Uruguayan stays down, maybe he thinks if he stays down long enough Dikgacoi will be shown a second yellow card. But nothing comes of it.

  90. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "The guy came on as a sub for South Africa, yet Katlego Mphela is still playing on his own up front."

  91. 66 mins Commentary  

    Better from the hosts as they make hay down the right and Katlego Mphela gets to the cross ahead of Fernando Muslera, only for the striker to direct his header wide of the near post. Difficult chance.

  92. 68 mins Commentary  

    Diego Forlan has run this game from first until last minute - an exceptional performance from the Atletico striker. He crosses from the left but Edinson Cavani mis-kicks his attempted volley, while up the other end, Teko Modise's effort from outside the box is easily saved by Fernando Muslera.

  93. 71 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Uruguay's Jorge Fucile limps out of the action and he is replaced by Alvaro Fernandez.

  94. Twitter  

    From InfostradaLive: "South Africa are unbeaten in their last 14 matches - only Netherlands (20) and Portugal (17) have a longer unbeaten run."

  95. 73 mins Commentary  

    Bit of pressure for South Africa now and they need to capitalise. Steven Pienaar fizzes one in from 25 yards, but it hits Diego Perez and drifts behind and the resulting corner comes to nothing.

  96. 76 mins PENALTY For Uruguay  
  97. 76 mins RED CARD Itumeleng Khune (South Africa)  
  98. 79 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Lots going on here, more in a moment. South Africa have to get a keeper on for the penalty - so Moneeb Josephs is sent on for the unfortunate Steven Pienaar. Uruguay have a chance to finish it now after Khune clipped the feet of Luis Suarez in the area - the delay is because Josephs was not ready to come on. Definite penalty, big moment...

  99. 80 mins GOAL South Africa 0-2 Uruguay  

    It's not as good a story, but it's footballing justice on the night because the game's best player by a mile has decided it. After Itumeleng Khune brings down Luis Suarez in the area, Diego Forlan brilliantly dispatches the penalty into the roof of the net, giving Moneeb Josephs no chance at all.

  100. 83 mins Commentary  

    Sad scenes in Pretoria as Bafana Bafana fans flood out of the Loftus Versfeld stadium. Is South Africa's participation in their own World Cup all-but over?

  101. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "I don't know what South Africa are complaining about - they haven't seen the replays, but it was clearly a penalty."

  102. 85 mins Commentary  

    Siboniso Gaxa wants a penalty for a coming together with Alvaro Pereira inside the Uruguay box, but there's nothing doing there for the hosts.

  103. 86 mins Commentary  

    Apart from Diego Forlan, the shooting has been horrible this evening. Forlan tees up Edinson Cavani and he jinks inside one tackle before hitting a woeful shot straight at Moneeb Josephs.

  104. 606  

    From AlphaDraconis99: "All this hype sorrounding 49-goal Luis Suarez when, in actual fact, he is average at best, totally overshadowed by Diego Forlan - who IS a world-class striker."

  105. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    We're into injury time and Uruguay have made a couple of subs, bringing Walter Gargano and Sebastian Fernandez.

  106. 90 mins Commentary  

    Dying stages of the game now, but this one finished as soon as Massimo Busacca brandished his red card and Diego Forlan slammed in that penalty. You have to feel sorry for South Africa, but they have not been good enough tonight.

  107. 90 mins Commentary  

    Diego Forlan goes for hat-trick glory, but his left-foot shot is really well blocked by Bonangi Khumalo.

  108. 90 mins GOAL South Africa 0-3 Uruguay  

    Game well and truly over. Man-of-the-match Diego Forlan plays a delightful diagonal ball out wide to Luis Saurez on the right wing and his inch-perfect cross lands perfectly for Alvaro Pereira to nod home from a couple of yards. Cue another choreographed dance of delight.

  109. 21:25 FULL-TIME South Africa 0-3 Uruguay  

    It's all over and Bafana Bafana face a mammoth task to stay in the competition. Next up for the hosts are France.

  110. Contributor BBC Sport's Jurgen Klinsmann  

    "They tried their best, but they couldn't make up for a lack of quality and in the end that was the difference. South Africa weren't good enough."

  111. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Moyes  

    "Diego Forlan will get all the plaudits, but Luis Suarez was the pick of the Uruguay players, his pass for the final goal especially. Both were a real threat all night."

  112. 21:40 Commentary  

    What a crying shame for the hosts, who now need to beat France in Bloemfontein on Tuesday and hope other results do them a favour as well. Don't think if they go out the World Cup will fall flat, though - they've waited too long for this for that to happen. See you on day seven.

By Phil Dawkes

Uruguay produced an assured performance to beat hosts South Africa in Pretoria and take control of Group A.

The South Americans were much more forward-thinking than during their nervous opening match with France five days ago providing a constant threat to Bafana Bafana's goal while also nullifying the meek attacking threat provided by their overwhelmed opponents.

Diego Forlan capped an impressive performance with two goals - the first a 30-yard deflected strike, the second a well-taken penalty after Luis Suarez had been fouled by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, for which he was red carded - and Alvaro Pereira added a late third.

The victory not only advances Uruguay to four points and to top of the table ahead of their final group game with Mexico, but gives them their first World Cup finals victory since a group stage win over South Korea at Italia 90.

In contrast, this defeat is South Africa's first in 14 matches and leaves them facing an uphill task to secure a place in the last 16.

Prior to the game, both coaches had promised more positive approaches from their sides following conservative showings in their opening games, which yielded them a point a piece, and so it proved in an entertaining match that not only improved on what Group A had offered, but what the tournament on the whole has provided thus far.

Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira kept essentially the same side - Tsepo Masilela replaced Lucas Thwala at left-back - and the same shape from the 1-1 draw with Mexico. Their performance was more in keeping with their passionate second-half display at Soccer City rather than their nervous first 45 minutes, but they were unable to pose enough of a threat to trouble their superior opponents.

Having navigated a tricky opening game against France relatively unscathed and knowing here lay their chance to seize control of Group A, Uruguay opted for a three man strike force, bringing in Edinson Cavani to partner Suarez, with Atletico Madrid's Forlan playing in a withdrawn attacking role.

The former Manchester United striker was the difference - dropping deep to collect possession and influence his side's attacks and providing the moment of individual brilliance that gave Uruguay the lead midway through the first half via a 30-yard dipping shot that found the net via a glancing deflection off Aaron Mokoena.

He also demonstrated an immense level of composure to emphatically hammer his penalty into the roof of the net following a considerable wait while the hosts replaced Khune with substitute keeper Moneeb Josephs.

The 75th-minute penalty prompted a silent, defeated exodus from the stands and when Forlan floated an exquisite pass to Suarez who then crossed for Alvaro Perreira to head home Uruguay's third deep into injury time the stadium was only half full.

For all their disappointment, the partisan home support can have no complaints as Oscar Tabarez's side were dominant. They set out their stall in an opening 10 minutes that saw them create more chances than in the whole of the 90 against the French, with Suarez's shot from a tight angle that flew wide the best of them.

Suarez, who is so prolific in front of goal for club side Ajax, was to squander further chances: hitting the side-netting from a tight angle from 10 yards and also firing straight at keeper Khune from a promising position 20 yards out.

His strike partner Edison Cavani also missed two good opportunities and captain Diego Lugano fluffed a header from a Forlan free-kick early in the second half.

South Africa's chances were significantly fewer but their wastefulness mirrored the worst of their opponents' attempts.

Siphiwe Tshabalala - brim full of confidence after his superb opening goal against the Mexicans - had two good shooting chances in the opening quarter but the first he fired over from 25 yards and the second he badly misjudged with an attempted chip when Steven Pienaar was perhaps better placed to receive a pass.

Katlego Mphela, who was denied giving his side a win against Mexico by a post late on - missed the target with a close range header in each half.

South Africa now face a final group game against France without suspended keeper Khune, midfielder Dikgachoi, who picked up a second yellow of the tournament, and with only slim hopes of qualifying.

South Africa South Africa Flag 0-3 Uruguay Flag Uruguay FT

(HT 0-1)

 Forlan, 24 (pen), 80
Pereira, 90+5

South Africa




  • Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
  • Referee: M Busacca
  • Attendance: 42,658
South Africa     Uruguay
  • Possession 53%
  • Attempts on target 3
  • Attempts off target 4
  • Corners 3
  • Fouls 10

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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