PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 16: Diego Forlan of Uruguay celebrates after scoring the opening goal with team mate Alvaro Pereira (R) during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between South Africa and Uruguay at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

No Cinderella Story For South Africa: Uruguay Dominates Bafana Bafana, 3-0

South Africa's second match of the tournament is against an Uruguayan team which, ready to make changes in formation and approach, are step-up to trouble Bafana Bafana.

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World Cup 2010, Uruguay Vs. South Africa: Two Goals From Diego Forlan Give Uruguay 3-0 Win Over Hosts

Five days after sitting back for ninety minutes in a 0-0 draw with France, Uruguay got a brace from Diego Forlan and a stoppage time goal from Alvaro Periera to beat hosts South Africa 3-0.

The win takes Uruguay to the top of Group A with four points, while South Africa stays at one point, even with Mexico and France, those two teams to face each other tomorrow.

Uruguay started the match in a much more ambitious set-up than they used on Friday, starting forward Edinson Cavani along with Forlan and Luis Suarez, with Forlan playing a supporting role. Coach Oscar Tábarez’s tweak opened the game up for Uruguay, with Forlan’s distribution creating a much more fluid side than the one that played on Friday.

Forlan used some of the room created by that fluidity to get a shot off from 22 yards in the 24th minute, an attempt that deflected off a South Africa defender and looped over goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for the opening goal.

Uruguay would take that lead into half time, holding South Africa to one shot on goal.

In the second half, Uruguay continued to subtly dictate the match, allowing South Africa possession while preventing Bafana Bafana from any meaningful scoring opportunities.

With Uruguay protecting it’s lead, the second half had settled-in until the 76th minute. Then, a pass behind the South Africa line saw Suarez run onto a ball near the edge of the six yard box. He touched the ball around the oncoming Khune, who stuck his left leg out in an attempt to play the ball. Suarez went down, referee Massimo Busacca called a penalty, and Khune was shown a red card.

Diego Forlan rifled the penalty kick into the upper ninety to give Uruguay a 2-0 lead, while Alvaro Pereira redirected home a stoppage time cross from Luis Suarez to give the Uruguayans their final, three goal margin of victory.

Uruguay goes to the top of Group B with four points, facing Mexico in the final group stage match.

South Africa awaits a match with France, a game they will play without Khune or Kagisho Dikagcoi, whose first half yellow card was his second card of the tournament, earning him a suspension for South Africa’s final group stage match.


World Cup 2010, South Africa Vs. Uruguay: Late Alvaro Periera Goal Gives Uruguay 3-0 Lead

Four minutes into stoppage time, midfielder Àlvaro Pereira redirected a Luis Suárez cross home from three yards out to give Uruguay a 3-0 lead.

Luis Suárez received a pass on the right side of the penalty area. One touch from Suárez and a cross to the far post saw an unmarked Pereira left-foot the ball into an undefended goal.

It is only the second time in this tournament at a team has scored more than two goals in a match.


World Cup 2010, Uruguay Vs. South Africa: Diego Forlan Goal Keeps La Celeste In Control At Half

Diego Forlan, playing in a withdrawn role from forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, has been the dominant player of the first half, creating scoring opportunities for La Celeste and adding the team’s first goal of the tournament.

Forlan’s goal from 22 yards out resulted from a deflection, sending the ball looping over South African goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for the match’s only goal.

Beyond scoring, Forlan in his different role his added vitality to the Uruguay attack. Always a forward that will drop back from an advanced position, Forlan is being used as a full-fledged supporting striker against Uruguay. The result has seen Forlan with a lot of the ball and Uruguay with better passing and movement.

South Africa went the first half without a shot on goal.

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