Friday, June 18, 2010

Uruguay breaks home hearts thrice...

Group A, 18:30 GMT, June 16, 2010
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa

South Africa
0 - 3

Scoring Summary

South AfricaUruguay
 Diego Forlán (24')
 Diego Forlán (pen 80')
 Álvaro Pereira (90')

Man of the Match: Diego Forlan


  • Man of the Match: Diego Forlan - A tough call between him and the excellent Luis Suarez. Deployed in a deeper role by Tabarez, Forlan excelled. Dictating play from his withdrawn position, Forlan also coaxed an improved performance out of Luis Suarez. His long-range strike, albeit with the aid of a deflection, opened the scoring, and he showed nerves of steel to convert an 80th minute penalty.

  • South Africa verdict: The hosts were bright before the break, showing energy and enthusiasm, but this wasn't converted into fluent football. Too often they found themselves in good positions only to show inexperience, and possibly nerves, in the final third. Once Forlan gave Uruguay the lead, there was little doubt over the outcome of this one.

  • Uruguay verdict: Tabarez has to be congratulated for getting his tactics spot on for this game. Switching to a 4-3-3 formation for this match, Diego Forlan dictated the game from his deep-lying position. With Forlan anchoring the attack, Luis Suarez was free to roam into a central position, looking far more dangerous than he did in Uruguay's opener.

  • Could do better: Aaron Mokoena. The South Africa captain was exposed by the lively Luis Suarez on a number of occasions, frequently resulting in Mokoena having to bring down the Ajax man. Also at fault for the goal his team conceded against Mexico, he will be bitterly disappointed with how his World Cup has unfolded. The Portsmouth defender will be wanting to make amends inBafana Bafana's final group game against France.

  • Stat attack: Diego Forlan is the first player to score two goals at this World Cup. The last Uruguay player with a brace was Juan Holberg, in 1954, versus Hungary.
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