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Uruguay 2-3 Germany

By Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 18:10 Commentary  

    I know, I know. But just hear me out, will you? The World Cup comes around every four years, EVERY FOUR YEARS, and there are but two of 64 matches left. Do you really want to ignore the third-place play-off and leave yourself with only one game? Really? Thought not. Happy World Cup final eve.

  2. 18:15 Commentary  

    Now you’re on board with me, Jonathan Stevenson in Johannesburg, I can hit you with the most timely of all stats: there has NEVER been a 0-0 draw in the bronze medal match, as I’m going to call it this evening. Well it just sounds cooler, don’t you think? Get the goals in.

  3. 18:21 Commentary  

    I don’t need to ask, do I? Pick a topic, any topic and let’s chat the night away, it can be about the bronze medal match, your team of the tournament, or even who’s gonna win the final. The floor’s all yours: tweet me @Stevo_football; text me on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and join in the fun on the 606 page of banter.

  4. 606  

    From dog whistle: "This must be a very difficult match to play - every other team that fails gets to go home. I guess Uruguay will be more pumped than Germany."

  5. 18:27 Commentary Uruguay v Germany line-ups:  

    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, 22-Martin Caceres, 9-Luis Suarez, 10-Diego Forlan.
    Germany: 22-Hans-Joerg Butt; 2-Marcell Jansen, 3-Arne Friedrich, 17-Per Mertesacker, 20-Jerome Boateng, 13-Thomas Mueller, 4-Dennis Aogo, 6-Sami Khedira, 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 19-Cacau, 8-Mesut Ozil.
    Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico).

  6. 18:28 Commentary  

    Heartbreak for Miroslav Klose, who has flu and cannot start for Germany tonight. More team news on the way from Port Elizabeth.

  7. Twitter  

    From Wisdom_Of_Fans: "The fans still care about this game. Nearly 2,000 predictions collected so far and there's still over an hour until kick-off."

  8. 18:35 Commentary  

    These boys do have previous, so if you’re in the Uruguay camp you might want to look away now. In nine meetings Germany have won six and drawn two, with the South Americans’ sole victory coming 82 years ago on their way to Olympic Gold in Amsterdam. The last time they met in the bronze medal match at the World Cup was in 1970, which West Germany won 1-0 thanks to a Wolfgang Overath goal, while their last meeting was a friendly on 13 October 1993 which Germany won 5-0.

  9. SMS  

    From Mark in Notts: "Will miss the World Cup when it's over, although the overall standard of play has not been memorable (with the exception of Spain, Germany and at times Argentina). Teams are so well prepared nowadays that football at international level has become too tactical and negative. Most sides, with exception of the three previously mentioned, set out not to lose, instead of going out to win."

  10. Contributor BBC Sport's Dan Roan  

    On Twitter: "On BBC's Sportsweek on Sunday, I speak to Bernie Ecclestone, Danny Jordaan, Guus Hiddink, & the big one: Fifa boss Sepp Blatter. At 0830 on 5 live."

  11. 18:45 Commentary  

    If you really still don’t think this is important, you’ve obviously never heard of the Golden Shoe. This is the prize awaiting the leading scorer at the World Cup, and right now Spain’s David Villa and Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder are locked together on five goals apiece. But Germany’s Miroslav Klose (who may yet be on the bench) and Thomas Mueller have four each along with Uruguay’s Diego Forlan, with Luis Suarez on three. Fair to say there’s a lot at stake for those boys today, potentially.

  12. 18:48 Commentary Uruguay v Germany team news:  

    Uruguay make two alterations to the side beaten by the Netherlands as captain Diego Lugano recovers from a knee injury to replace Mauricio Victorino and, having served his suspension, Luis Suarez comes in for Walter Gargano. Germany ring the changes following their defeat at the hands of Spain as Miroslav Klose, who needs one goal to equal Ronaldo's all-time World Cup record of 15, drops to the bench alongside first-choice keeper Manuel Neuer, captain Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski and Piotr Trochowski.

  13. 606  

    From I want to see: "My pet octopus told me this morning we're going to get a 5-4 thriller."

  14. 18:55 Commentary  

    Now I don't know Miroslav Klose, but I bet he's distraught to miss out tonight. The 32-year-old international football goal fiend needs only one goal to draw level with Ronaldo on 15 World Cup goals, and this was probably his last chance. Right now, he’s level on 14 with Gerd Muller, one ahead of Just Fontaine and two ahead of some dude called Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

  15. 19:00 Commentary Stevo's predo:  

    Uruguay 1-3 Germany

  16. Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "Just filmed this for you in Soccer City. One more day until it hosts World Cup final."

  17. Twitter  

    From InfostradaLive: "Hans-Jorg Butt will play his first match for the German national team since 1 June 2003, ending a wait of seven years and 39 days."

  18. 19:09 Commentary  

    Back in 2002, I was covering this match for a rival broadcaster. Due to problems on the tube (other travel delays were probably available) I was late, managing to get in with about a minute on the Deagu clock. I’d already missed the fastest World Cup goal, scored by Turkey’s Hakan Sukur, and by the time I’d logged in they were leading South Korea 2-1. It ended 3-2 to the Turks, a cracking game of football. Same again please.

  19. SMS  

    James and Felix in the middle of nowhere: "Paul the octopus has predicted that Germany will win. Apparently in Uruguay they ink it's all over."

  20. 19:12 Commentary Germany assistant Hansie Flick:  

    “We came to South Africa to be world champions but we want to show in this match what we are capable of. Third place is our minimum target. Uruguayan are hard to unsettle but we have shown against England and Argentina that the players are not frightened by this task. Despite our defeat to Spain, this World Cup has been a success.”

  21. 19:15 Commentary Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez:  

    “It would be history. We have in front of us a marvellous opponent. Before the semi-final match against Spain, Germany were the best team of the tournament and this is very motivating for us. It'll be difficult but not impossible. To use a term that is common in the team - we have to bury this match and get over our sorrow.”

  22. 606  

    From eirebilly: "Come on Germany. I really wanted to see Klose start tonight and have a great chance of equalling the record but he does have a slight niggle. My predo, 4-2 Germany."

  23. 19:19 Commentary  

    Tell you what, you can go anywhere if you happen to be Fifa president. Germany's players are waiting patiently in the tunnel, and who appears to shake their hands and indulge in a little light "banter", but none other than Sepp Blatter.

  24. 19:22 IT'S RAINING  

    The teams emerge at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Eilzabeth, led out by Mexican referee Benito Archundia. By the way, it's hammering it down with rain. Even poor Sepp's getting a soaking.

  25. 19:23 Commentary  

    Last chance to hear the national anthems of Uruguay and Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

  26. 19:27 Commentary  

    Incidentally, Uruguay defender Diego Lugano is back to captain his side tonight, while Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger is handed the armband in the absence of Philipp Lahm. Anyone fancy 'Schweini' for the Golden Ball award for best player?

  27. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "Countries like Uruguay come to the World Cup wanting to prove everybody wrong. The proven countries can be a bit arrogant at times. I think it's refreshing when you see teams like Uruguay in the semi-final who you never thought would be."

  28. 19:30 Commentary  

    Forty-four-year-old Mexican lawyer and economist Benito Archundia gets the penultimate match of the 2010 World Cup under way in Port Elizabeth.

  29. 13 secs Commentary  

    Well Hakan Sukur's fastest goal from 2002 remains a a record.

  30. 3 mins Commentary  

    Nice start from Germany, knocking it around with minimum fuss - presumably they're quite pleased to get the ball back after 90 minutes against Spain on Wednesday.

  31. 4 mins Commentary  

    Thomas Mueller smashes in a loose ball from the edge of the Uruguay area, but the whistle had already gone for a foul by Germany striker Cacau.

  32. 5 mins YELLOW CARD  

    That's a horrible tackle. Dennis Aogo, in his first appearance of the tournament, goes in late and a bit high on Diego Perez - and he might be a little lucky to only get a yellow card for that.

  33. 7 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Diego Forlan strikes a free-kick goalwards from 30 yards and it seems to hit the hand of Cacau on the end of the Germany wall. Cacau is booked, there's a free-kick 20 yards out for Forlan and he curls it just up and over the wall and wide of Hans-Joerg Butt's right-hand post.

  34. 10 mins HITS THE WOODWORK  

    Germany look by far the more threatening of the two teams and from a corner from their right Arne Friedrich heads against the Uruguay crossbar.

  35. 13 mins Commentary  

    Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us there has never been a sending off in the bronze medal match. Though in this tournament of firsts, that means absolutely nothing.

  36. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "I thought Uruguay started very brightly and I was questioning Germany but they seem to have come to life now. If it was a proper World Cup game, Dennis Aogo would have been sent off."

  37. 16 mins Commentary  

    The pace is quite slow, but the players are still getting stuck into their tackles as Jorge Fucile goes in hard and fair on Marcell Jansen. Come on Port Elizabeth, lets get those floodgates open.

  38. 18 mins Commentary  

    While the action almost grinds to a halt on the pitch, the Mexican Wave starts off it. And I don't mean everyone's saying hello to referee Benito Archundia.

  39. 19 mins GOAL Uruguay 0-1 Germany  

    Four years ago, Bastian Schweinsteiger scored a couple of belters in this game and he nearly did it again there - after his well-struck 30-yard drive is blocked by Fernando Muslera, that man Thomas Mueller gets in quick as a flash to coolly tap in from eight yards.

  40. 21 mins Commentary  

    Thomas Mueller is now level with David Villa and Wesley Sneijder on five goals as the race for the Golden Shoe intensifies at the 2010 World Cup.

  41. Contributor BBC Sport's Jonathan Pearce  

    "We've seen Uruguay hit back in adversity before at this competition."

  42. 606  

    From kebab: "Doesn't anyone agree that the keeping was pretty shocking for that save?"

    Yeah, woeful.

  43. 25 mins Commentary  

    So, just to clarify in the race for the Golden Shoe - Thomas Mueller has five goals, along with David Villa and Wesley Sneijder. But Mueller has three assists too, Villa and Sneijder only have one each, so at the moment it's Mueller's.

  44. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "It was a terrific strike by Schweinsteiger. I thought Uruguay were in total control and Germany were looking for a spark and that came from Schweinsteiger. But it's a goalkeeping error again, Muslera has been Uruguay's weak link in the World Cup."

  45. 26 mins Commentary  

    A Uruguay corner from their left is fizzed in hard and low and Edinson Cavani flicks it dangerously goalwards, but Arne Friedrich hacks away from his own line to clear away.

  46. 28 mins GOAL Uruguay 1-1 Germany  

    Arguably Bastian Schweinsteiger's first mistake of the tournament. He is dispossessed by a fine Diego Perez tackle on halfway and suddenly Uruguay break with pace as Luis Suarez feeds Edinson Cavani on the inside left channel and he slips nonchalantly past Hans-Joerg Butt with his right foot. Told you there'd be goals.

  47. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "Uruguay have deserved it but I just hope now they don't sit back, they need to press Germany high up the pitch because the Germans don't like it."

  48. 33 mins Commentary  

    There's a good atmosphere inside the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and it's a pretty good game of football too. Luis Suarez claimed Uruguay would "play to the death" for third place, and there's no shortage of effort from either team.

  49. SMS  

    From Jimbo de Grey: "Re: James and Felix in the middle of nowhere: a German woman at the end of my street was incessantly blowing a vuvuzela yesterday. Everybody Khedira, Butt my attempts to stop her were Fucile."

  50. 36 mins Commentary  

    It's still chucking it down in Port Elizabeth, but it hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of either the fans or the players. You'll miss the vuvuzelas when they're gone, I'm telling you.

  51. 606  

    From redandblackT: "Great counter attacking goal from Uruguay.The Germans getting a taste of their own medicine."

  52. 41 mins Commentary  

    Uruguay are breaking with good intent today and Diego Forlan tries to play a quick one-two with Luis Suarez, only for his strike partner to get his return pass all wrong. Could have been an opening there.

  53. 42 mins Commentary  

    That's a really poor effort from a man who scores goals for fun. Diego Forlan slips a lovely pass in behind Arne Friedrich for Luis Suarez, but after getting into the area, on the right, he drags his shot badly wide of the far post.

  54. 43 mins Commentary  

    Mesut Ozil plays a clever first-time pass into the path of Cacau running towards the Uruguay area, but Diego Lugano sticks his hand out and Germany have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

  55. 44 mins Commentary  

    Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick clips the top of the wall - it might have even been Diego Lugano - and flies behind for a corner.

  56. 45 mins Commentary  

    Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera is having a stinker - he drops a routine corner and is very lucky to see three blue shirts around him as the danger is cleared. Up the other end and Diego Forlan curls a corner on to the roof of the German net - that caused Hans-Joerg Butt a short scare.

  57. 20:16 HALF-TIME Uruguay 1-1 Germany  

    Honours even in Port Elizabeth. Anyone fancy extra-time and penalties?

  58. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "I love the attitude and the tempo of Uruguay. Barring two or three attacks Germany have been very tame, they look like a team who are still hurting from missing the final."

  59. 20:21 Commentary  

    Is there anyone there? Bit short of chat, can't believe you're gonna leave me hanging when we're so close. Texts go to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide), I'm on Twitter @Stevo_football and I started a 606 page for you too. I don't know what else I can do.

  60. 20:25 Commentary  

    By the way, we still need your snaps for our World Cup photo album. We still need lots of Uruguayans and Germans, so if there's any way you could get involved, we'd be ever so grateful. Check out who we need, get snapping and send them to us at worldcupphotoalbum@bbc.co.uk to feature in our album. You know it makes sense.

  61. Twitter  

    From sriram1611: "Uruguay are easily the better team. They've provided the best entertainment value this World Cup."

  62. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "I'm a little bit disappointed because I think we have only seen 60% of the Germans, they have not really done it yet. If I was Joachim Loew I would be telling my players to pepper the goal with shots because the Uruguay goalkeeper looks like he could give them something at any time. Full credit to Uruguay though, I think they should be in the lead."

  63. 20:32 Commentary  

    As the debate rages on as to whether Luis 'the Real Hand of God' Suarez should be booed or not, we're back under way in Port Elizabeth.

  64. SMS  

    Jem, Ipswich: "Cavani deserves his goal. He's been the unsung hero of this Uruguay team. Very intelligent player."

  65. 47 mins Commentary  

    Chris Waddle's right - Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera is all over the place as he comes for another corner and gets nowhere near, it's a good job his defenders are focused this evening.

  66. 48 mins Commentary  

    Two super saves from the veteran German keeper Hans-Joerg Butt as he races off his line to block from Edinson Cavani and then gets up like lightning to produce a fine reflex save from Luis Suarez's follow-up.

  67. 51 mins GOAL Uruguay 2-1 Germany  

    They are a lovely team to watch at times, Uruguay. Egidio Arevalo plays a cracking - if unconventional - one-two down the right with Luis Suarez and his cross to the edge of the box is acrobatically volleyed into the ground and into the Germany net by Diego Forlan.

  68. 54 mins Commentary  

    It's been such a good game I got all carried away and full-timed it. You know 51 mins isn't full-time, though, even if I don't - right?

  69. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "Uruguay deserve it. Germany started the second half better but Uruguay have upped the tempo again. I don't know how much longer Forlan will play for because he looks like he's carrying an injury but that was a great strike."

  70. 56 mins GOAL Uruguay 2-2 Germany  

    I'm not sure Fernando Muslera's mind is properly on this game. He comes for another cross, this time flung in from the right by new Manchester City signing Jerome Boateng, gets nowhere near this one either and is helpless as Marcell Jansen heads into an empty net.

  71. 58 mins Commentary  

    It's like playground football right now - Germany attack and they have three-on-two, but Mesut Ozil tries to dribble round one too many defenders and he wastes the opportunity. It's fabulous to watch - aren't they always, the bronze medal matches?

  72. 59 mins Commentary  

    Golden Shoe update: Diego Forlan only has one assist so he remains in fourth place, behind Thomas Mueller and also David Villa and Wesley Sneijder as he's played more minutes (even before kick off he'd played more than both) than the latter pair.

  73. Contributor BBC Sport's Jonathan Pearce  

    "It's not a night for tight defensive play."

  74. 62 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Never short of confidence, Luis Suarez slams one in from 25 yards that swerves towards the corner, but Hans-Joerg Butt gets across to parry it away. Moments earlier, Diego Perez was cautioned for taking Bastian Schweinsteiger's legs away from him.

  75. Twitter  

    From Avsen07: "I think I'm falling in love with Forlan - every touch, every pass he's had in this match has been brilliant. And then the goal."

  76. 65 mins Commentary  

    I don't want this game to end. It's just brilliant. Luis Suarez clips in Diego Forlan down the left of the Germany area and once again Hans-Joerg Butt races off his line to thwart the striker. If the teams had swapped keepers, Uruguay would be out of sight by now. 

  77. 67 mins Commentary  

    Boo him or cheer him, Luis Suarez has a lot of quality. Just inside the Germany area he brilliantly nutmegs Arne Friedrich, but just as he is about to shoot Bastian Schweinsteiger gets across superbly to make the tackle.

  78. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "It's very open, it's probably the best game of the tournament. Both teams have gone for it. The problem area for Uruguay is the goalkeeper but they could always sub him and put Luis Suarez in goal!"

  79. 71 mins Commentary  

    Marcell Jansen does well to get to the byeline down the Germany left, but from his pull-back Cacau slices horribly wide from about 14 yards. He has some chat with Diego Lugano about an alleged elbow, but there's nothing in it.

  80. 73 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Cacau is hauled off by Joachim Loew, with Stefan Kiessling coming on in his place.

  81. 74 mins Commentary  

    Good grief Bastian Schweinsteiger deserves a goal at this World Cup. He sees a fierce left-foot shot deflected behind for a corner and he's still waiting. I nearly called him 'the great' then. I'm glad I didn't, but he might be one day.

  82. 76 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    OK, bronze medal match, we really like you, but there's no need to go on about it into extra-time and penalties. Is there? Stefan Kiessling's shot is parried by Fernando Muslera and Uruguay send on Walter Gargano for Diego Perez.

  83. 606  

    From Cynical Dutchie: "You know you're watching a great game when you're staving off going to the fridge time after time because you keep feeling something could happen any minute now."

  84. 80 mins Commentary  

    OK, I'm hearing you. If it means we get a little bit more of the World Cup, then bring on extra-time and penos. Stefan Kiessling is inches away from getting something on Jerome Boateng's cross from the Germany right.

  85. 81 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Germany send on Toni Kroos for the scorer of their second goal, Marcell Jansen.

  86. 82 mins GOAL Uruguay 2-3 Germany  

    Oh, the Uruguay players look heartbroken again, don't think this doesn't mean anything to them. A corner from the Germany right is headed into the six-yard box and after Diego Lugano cannot adjust his feet quickly enough to clear, the ball pops up to Sami Khedira to loop a header into the corner of the net.

  87. 85 mins Commentary  

    Some of the Uruguay players look just about dead on their feet. I wonder if they've got anything left with which to hit back at Germany.

  88. 87 mins Commentary  

    I think I might vote for Bastian Schweinsteiger as player of the tournament. He picks out Mesut Ozil down the Germany right and when it falls for Jerome Boateng, his right-foot rasper is saved by Fernando Muslera.

  89. 88 mins Commentary  

    Super stuff from Germany again as they slice through the Uruguay defence, but from the penalty spot, unmarked, Stefan Kiessling can only sweep first-time way over the bar. The South Americans send on Sebastian Abreu for Edinson Cavani.

  90. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    Uruguay have two minutes of added time to try and get an equaliser.

  91. Twitter  

    From Gallacticos87: "A lot of talk about this German side's 2014 potential, but what about Uruguay's on their home continent?"

  92. 90 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Tasci for Mesut Ozil. No, seriously - Joachim Loew has just sent on Serdar Tasci for the dying seconds.

  93. 90 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Free-kick to Uruguay 20 yards out, dead centre, for a foul by Arne Friedrich on Luis Suarez. This will be the last kick of the game, perhaps.

  94. 90 mins HITS THE WOODWORK  

    Inches from the Golden Shoe. Diego Forlan's right-foot shot crashes against the Germany crossbar. Wow.

  95. 21:20 FULL-TIME Uruguay 2-3 Germany  

    That was just a fantastic game of football from start until finish. Uruguay and Germany, thanks a million for giving us so much entertainment over the last month. We love you both (equally).

  96. 21:24 Commentary  

    So Germany, third at the 2006 World Cup, finish third four years on in South Africa. Captain for the day Bastian Schweinsteiger, arguably the best player of the tournament, goes over to their fans to applaud them. I trust they are giving him a fair bit back too. Top, top stuff.

  97. 606  

    From strcprstskrzkrk: "What a game. I can only hope the final is as good as this has been. Both teams gave it their all and the future of German football has been on display here. I hope Uruguay can come back as strong in the next World Cup also. Game of the tournament so far without a doubt. Slovakia v Italy probably the next best."

  98. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "Uruguay have had a terrific tournament but Germany just showed that class. When they needed to step up a gear they had it. Germany will be one of the favourites for the European Championship in 2012 and with such a young side they will be a big tip for Brazil in 2014."

  99. 21:30 Commentary  

    Let me try to explain this without you hiding behind the sofa for fear of cringe overload. South Africa president Jacob Zuma and Fifa president Sepp Blatter are on a hastily thrown together stage on the Port Elizabeth pitch to present bronze medals to the German team. Actually, it's quite sweet, you know.

  100. SMS  

    Rob, Newbury: "Schweinsteiger, the player of the tournament? Hasn't scored, went missing against Spain, gifted Uruguay a goal here? Maybe you have not heard about this bloke Diego Forlan? Best by a mile - put it to a vote!"

  101. SMS  

    From Matt: "If that free-kick had gone in I'd have won five grand. Pain."

  102. Twitter  

    From aggrnits: "Forlan is the best by far. He makes moves, finishes them, takes set pieces and has pulled the team in every match."

  103. 606  

    From dziekanowskisboots: "Montevideo, have a party tonight because you are the home of the best South American football team and we loved watching you."

  104. 21:45 Commentary  

    And on those blond bombshells (Forlan and 'Schweini'), it's time to wrap. Thank you so much for your company this evening, you've no idea how heart-warming it is on nights like these. I hope you were suitably entertained with a cracking match. See you on Sunday, for the World Cup final. Good luck sleeping. Night.

By David Ornstein

Sami Khedira nodded in a late winner as Germany saw off the spirited challenge of Uruguay in Port Elizabeth to finish in third place for the second World Cup running.

It seemed the three-time champions were set for a comfortable evening when Thomas Mueller capped a period of dominance with a straightforward finish after Fernando Muslera spilled a long-range drive from Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Uruguay forced their way back into proceedings through Edinson Cavani before Diego Forlan put them ahead with an acrobatic volley shortly after half-time.

But more poor goalkeeping from Muslera allowed Marcell Jansen to equalise and Khedira then capitalised on Uruguay's failure to clear a Mesut Ozil corner to ensure Germany would end their tournament on a happy note.

The third-place play-off is often billed as a match that no team wants to play - but this encounter made a mockery of any such suggestion.

Uruguay exceeded all expectations in reaching the last four and, with a parade through the streets of Montevideo and a date with President Jose Mujica planned for Monday, they were desperate to finish their campaign on a high.

Germany, meanwhile, are a hugely talented young squad who will be together for some years and viewed the meeting with La Celeste as another stepping stone in their development.

Oscar Tabarez's men signalled their intent by restoring fit-again captain Diego Lugano and star striker Luis Suarez, suspended for the last-four defeat by the Netherlands, to the starting line-up.

Although Germany made five changes from the side beaten by Spain, Philipp Lahm and Lukas Podolski were suffering from a virus, Miroslav Klose had a bad back and coach Joachim Loew was still able to name an enviable line-up.

And it was clear from the opening exchanges that this was no friendly as Mueller saw a strike ruled out for handball, Dennis Aogo escaped with a caution for a terrible studs-up challenge on Diego Perez and Forlan curled a free-kick just over.

It was Germany, though, who dominated the early possession and, after Arne Friedrich had nodded a Ozil corner against the crossbar, they opened the scoring.

Schweinsteiger unleashed a swerving drive from about 35 yards that was spilled by Muslera, offering Mueller a simple finish to draw level with David Villa and Wesley Sneijder on five goals.

Germany might have been expected to kick on from there but instead they sat back on their lead and invited Uruguay forward, while looking to launch the occasional counter-attack of their own.

The two-time champions duly settled into a tidy rhythm, showcasing their ability to turn defence into attack at frightening pace, and were soon back on level terms.

Schweinsteiger, captaining Germany in the absence of Lahm, was robbed of possession by Perez before Forlan fed Cavani and the 23-year-old Palermo striker calmly slotted past Hans Joerg Butt.

Despite persistent rainfall at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Uruguay were passing and moving beautifully and they should have gone ahead before the break when Forlan released Suarez, only for the Ajax frontman to drag a shot wide.

Germany, making a record fifth appearance in the third-place play-off, seemed to have lost their earlier intensity and that allowed the South Americans, full of desire and no shortage of quality, to pick up where they left off in the second period.

Forlan, Suarez and Cavani caused their opponents all manner of problems and, after Cavani and Suarez were denied by Butt, Forlan met Egidio Arevalo's cross with a superb volley to notch his fifth goal of the finals.

Uruguay deserved their advantage and, with Germany showing little potency in the final third, they looked set fair for a fine victory.

But Muslera's unconvincing attempt at claiming a Jerome Boateng cross allowed Jansen to divert the ball into an unguarded net and suddenly the momentum had shifted.

Uruguay, who have still not beaten a European team at the World Cup since 1970, rapidly began to tire and Germany substitute Stefan Kiessling twice squandered opportunities to grab the winner before Khedira made no mistake.

Tabarez's players refused to accept defeat and almost forced extra time, Forlan curled a 92nd-minute free-kick on to the bar.

But Germany held on and their celebrations at full-time showed exactly what this result meant to them.

Uruguay Uruguay Flag 2-3 Germany Flag Germany FT

(HT 1-1)

Cavani, 28
Forlan, 51
Muller, 18
Jansen, 56
Khedira, 82

Uruguay

Germany

 

Substitutes:

Substitutes:

  • Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • Referee: B Archundia
  • Attendance: 36,007
Uruguay     Germany
  • Possession 42%
    58%
  • Attempts on target 6
    10
  • Attempts off target 6
    6
  • Corners 6
    12
  • Fouls 11
    9

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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