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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Uruguay 2-3 Germany + Best 23

THE FINAL SCORE: Uruguay 2-3 Germany (Cavani, Forlan; Muller, Jansen, Khedira)

The 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.

Germany started the strong the match willing to re-edit the high-margin victories they had in this World Cup. 10 minutes into the match and Friedrich heads it into the bar but still the game is levelled with no goals.

From one moment to another and again a shot from outside the box makes all the difference when Schweinsteiger strikes a powerful shot to see Muslera save it but on the rebound the candidate to the Best Young Player of the competition, Thomas Muller scores. (Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are also contenders) It is the 5th goal from Muller that now tops the Golden Boot award with Villa and Sneijder.

Germany has just taken a bit of their poison. Uruguay on the counter-attack level the match 1-1 after Perez makes a brilliant tackle giving the ball away to Suarez that assist with a diagonal pass to see Cavani striking into the net comfortable despite the pressure from a German defender.

And the Germany is showing more than just signs that they do not know how to play against teams that master the counter-attack strategy. Uruguay has been just deadly to say the least. It is Forlan once again on the spotlight. In the first goal after having made a superb run that strategically provided space for Cavani to receive the ball now he scored in a stunning way. Suarez on the move again drops the ball into Arevalo that crosses with precision like if it was golf and with the precious timing Forlan delivers a scissor kick finding the net. Now we have four players in the top of the Golden Boot award – Forlan, Muller, Villa and Sneijder.

This goal could easily get rated as the best of the World Cup alongside Van Bronckhorst and Tevez that ultimately shall be the top three best of the competition.

The game has been so intense that a goal from Germany came as no surprise with Boateng tipped among the best 23 chosen by Nelson Motta crossing to see Muslera making an error from that delivery and Jansen makes no mistake and introduces the ball right where it belongs, into the net of Uruguay.

It has happened another turn-around in the match and just with 9 minutes to go. Crowded Uruguay box saw a corner from Ozil to find Khedira to head it into the net. It has been anybody’s game and if the World Cup was made of a match like this then it would have been the most memorable tournament.

What a memorable way to finish a World Cup... Forlan shots straight to the bar after taking a free-kick in the last minute of the match.

After history stated that no European nation had conquered a World Cup in a non-European soil, this time in South Africa the podium is made of European teams. Germany got the bronze while Uruguay placed as the best 4th nation. Who will be the number 1 – Netherlands or Spain?

Germany go home with a little bit of pride despite not making into the final, but they were by far the best team of the tournament while Uruguay go home proud to re-edit the glorious times when they used to dominate the world of football and they finish as the most entertaining attack and having Suarez and Forlan with a combined 8 goals.

After this match, Forlan is heavily linked with the best player of the competition award, but still FIFA always finds a way to make things different. (They done it with the row between Pele and Maradona even though the world shouted Maradona was clearly the best ever player) Forlan was flawless, outstanding to say the least and Atletico Madrid will have a hard time to keep him for the next season after what he has done to Liverpool, Fulham, in La Liga and in this World Cup that increased his overall price by millions.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Diego Forlan

The Best XXIII of the World Cup 2010 held in South Africa as chosen by Nelson Motta are:

GK – Casillas; Kingson; Eduardo;

Defenders – Lahm, Maicon, Fabio Coentrão, Sergio Ramos, Boateng, Mensah, Lugano;

Midfielders – Podolski, Ozil, Asamoah Gyan, Alexis Sanchez, Iniesta, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Muller. Xavi, Sneijder

Forwards – Forlan, Villa, Klose.

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