PORT ELIZABETH SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 10: Jerome Boateng of Germany challenges Diego Forlan of Uruguay during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Third Place Play-off match between Uruguay and Germany at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 10 2010 in Port Elizabeth South Africa. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Germany Defeats Uruguay 3-2 For Second Consecutive Third-Place Finish

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Uruguay: Germany Wins Bronze For Second Straight World Cup

A 19-yard free kick from Diego Forlán went off the crossbar, just above the left post, with the last action of the third-place match, leaving Germany with their second successive World Cup third place finish, defeating Uruguay 3-2 on Saturday.

Forlán's direct kick was given in the 93rd minute after a foul by defender Arne Friedrich.  The resulting left-footed attempt would have given the Uruguayan his sixth goal of the tournament and put him into the lead for the Golden Foot, but it ended-up being the last act in Uruguay's fourth-place finish.

Germany wins thanks to Sami Khedira's 81st minute header, putting home a corner kick from Mesut Özil after Uruguay captain Diego Lugano had failed to clear a ball.  Khedira put his header over `keeper Fernando Muslera, into the far side of the net, for Germany's third goal.

Germany had also gotten goals from Thomas Müller (his fifth of the tournament) and Marcell Jansen, both from goalkeeping mistakes by Muslera.  Müller, returning from a one match suspension, put home the rebound of a Bastian Schweinsteiger shot in the 18th minute, giving Germany the lead.  Jansen's goal evened the match at two in the second half when Muslera collided with right back Jorge Fucile while trying to play a Jerome Boateng cross, gifting Jansen an easy goal.

Uruguay equalized Thomas Müller's goal through Edinson Cavani, who was set-up by Luis Suárez, before taking an early second half lead through Forlán, whose volley of a Egidio Arévalo Rios cross skipped off the ground and in, high to the right of Hans-Jörg Butt.

It would not be enough, however, as Khedira's goal keeps Germany in the top three for the second straight tournament, Uruguay posting their best finish since 1970.

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Uruguay: Sami Khedira Coverts Corner Kick Chaos To Give Germans Lead

Sami Khedira's first goal for Germany has given his team a 3-2 lead in the 81st minute against Uruguay.

A Mesut Özil corner kick played to the middle of the six yard box hit the ground unplayed, and when Uruguayan captain Diego Lugano was unable to clear the call after some chaotic play, Khedira headed a shot over goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and into the right side of the net for the goal-ahead goal.

Germany now holds a 3-2 lead in the match's 86th minute.

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Uruguay: Fernando Muslera Mistake Gifts Marcell Jansen, Germany Equalizing Goal

Jerome Boateng's cross from the right flank to the far post was only five yards off the goal line, service that should have been manageable for Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.  The `keeper, however, was late off his line, collided with right back Jorge Fucile, and gave left wing Marcell Jansen an easy, equalizing goal.

Jansen, making his first start of the tournament, was ready to challenge for the cross, having made his far post run.  His challenge was simplified when Muslera came off his line and collided with Fucile.  As both Uruguayans fell to the ground, the cross came to Jansen's head, who easily redirected the ball into an unprotected net.

Now in the 61st minute, the match is tied, 2-2.

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Uruguay: Diego Forlan Goal Gives La Celeste Second Half Lead

Diego Forlan's half-volley from 17 yards out bounced over-and-around Hand-Jörg Butt and into the German net, giving Uruguay a 2-1 lead in the 51st minute.

For Forlán, it is his fifth goal in seven World Cup 2010 matches, moving him even with Thomas Müller, David Villa and Wesley Sneijder for the tournament lead.

Forlan's opportunity came after build-up play down Uruguay's right flank led to his opportunity at the edge of the penalty area, toward the right side of goal.  Forlan had to bring his right foot high onto the ball to get on top of his shot.  He did, driving the ball into the ground, a shot that bounce high and to the left of Butt, giving Uruguay their first lead of the match.

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Uruguay: Teams Go Into Halftime Drawn 1-1

Germany and Uruguay have gone into halftime drawn 1-1 in Port Elizabeth, the two nations contesting third-place at the 2010 World Cup.

Germany opened the scoring in the 18th minute through Thomas Müller, who capitalized off the rebound of a Bastian Schweinsteiger shot to beat Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, the ring wing's fifth goal tying him for the tournament's high mark while putting the Germans in the lead.

Uruguay equalized near the half-hour mark when midfielder Diego Perez forced a turnover in midfield and quickly transitioned that into a counterattack.  Luis Suárez carried the ball into the final third before laying-off to the left for Edinson Cavani, who toe-poked his shot past an oncoming Hans-Jörg Butt for the tying goal.

Over an open first half, the two teams have nearly split possession, with Germany putting three shots on goal to Uruguay's one.

Dennis Aogo and Cacau have picked-up yellow cards for Germany.

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Uruguay: Edinson Cavani Goal Equalizes In 28th Minute

Uruguay midfielder Diego Perez's dispossession of German counterpart Bastian Schweinsteiger started Uruguay on a break, leading to Edinson Cavani's tying goal in the 28th minute, making it 1-1 in the World Cup's third-place match.

Perez's sliding tackle took the ball from Schweinsteiger at mid-field.  The Uruguayan was able to move the ball forward to Luis Suárez, creating a counterattack opportunity for La Celeste that ended with Edinson Cavani poking the ball past Hans-Jörg Butt from nine yards out to, drawing Uruguay event.

The match, now in the 32nd minute, remains drawn, 1-1.

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World Cup 2010, Germany Vs. Uruguay: Thomas Mueller's Fifth Tournament Goal Gives Germany Early Lead

Germany went up 1-0 in the 19th minute after Thomas Müller scored off the rebound of a Bastian Schweinsteiger shot. 

The goal was Müller's fifth of the tournament, tying him for the competition's high mark.

Schweinsteiger took a shot from 40 yards out that gave Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera trouble.  The `keeper coughed-up a rebound that Müller, moving toward goal as the Uruguayan line was pushing-up, easily got to before any defenders, for a simple finish.

The match, now in the 23rd minute, stills sees Germany leading 1-0.

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