World Cup 2010 Third-Place: Uruguay 2-3 Germany

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Germany took third place for the second successive World Cup after beating Uruguay 3-2 in an entertaining match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Germany took the lead in the 18th minute when Thomas Müller, coming back from suspension in the semifinal, tapped home into an unguarded net after Bastian Schweinsteiger's swerving shot had been parried carelessly by Fernando Muslera.

Edinson Cavani equalised for Uruguay ten minutes later, sliding a shot calmly past goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt after being fed by Luis Suárez.

The South Americans took the lead for the first time early in the second half when Diego Forlán volleyed an Egidio Arévalo cross into the ground and past the helpless Butt.

But the Germans levelled within five minutes as Jérôme Boateng curled a tempting cross to find Marcell Jansen in the centre, who won the header to nod past the committed Muslera.

The open encounter seemed destined for extra-time before Sami Khedira nodded Germany in front again with just eight minutes remaining to seal the bronze prize.


Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Jorge Fucile, Diego Godín, Diego Lugano, Martín Cáceres; Maximiliano Pereira, Egidio Arévalo, Diego Pérez (Walter Gargano, 77), Edinson Cavani (Sebastian Abreu, 88); Luis Suarez, Diego Forlán

Germany: Hans-Jörg Butt; Jérôme Boateng, Per Mertesacker, Arne Friedrich, Dennis Aogo; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil (Serdar Tasci, 90), Marcell Jansen (Toni Kroos, 81); Cacau (Stefan Kiessling, 73)

8Shots on target7
5Shots off target9
1Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
48Ball possession (%)52

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