WORLD CUP: Forlan breaks South African hearts

The quality of Uruguay, and Diego Forlan in particular, proved too much for the host nation as South Africa were crushed 3-0, leaving their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.
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The quality of Uruguay, and Diego Forlan in particular, proved too much for the host nation as South Africa were crushed 3-0, leaving their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.

South Africa: 0
Uruguay: 3

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Crowd: 42,658

Officials Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
Assistants: Matthias Arnet, Francesco Buragina (both Switzerland)
Fourth official: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Yellow cards: SA - Pienaar, Dikgacoi URU None -

Red cards: Khune (South Africa)

Diego Forlan scored twice and was involved in the third goal as Uruguay brushed aside the challenge of South Africa in Pretoria who had their keeper Itumeleng Khune dismissed in the second half.

The second game of the group phase gave both teams more urgency and whilst Uruguay were always in control South Africa seemed rushed and lacked the quality final ball to create many meaningful openings.

Forlan rarely gave the ball away and dictated the pace of the game. The Bafana Bafana by comparison were hurried and disappointed with their crossing and creativity.

The South Americans began brightly and deservedly opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, even if Forlan did enjoy some good fortune as his 20 yard shot deflected off Aaron Mokoena totally deceiving Khune, who remained flat-footed as the ball dipped beneath his crossbar.

Uruguay continued to press as South Africa struggled to get back into the game.

Early in the second half Uruguay looked to be denied a clear penalty as Bongani Khumalo appeared to pull down Luis Suarez, then captain Diego Lugano fluffed a free header from ten yards.

But the South American’s were not to be denied and sealed the game with ten minutes remaining.

Khune brought down Suarez for a stonewall penalty with the hosts claiming offside, although television replays showed otherwise.

Forlan then had to wait six minutes for substitute keeper Moeneeb Josephs to take up his position, but the former Manchester United striker held his nerve and drove the ball high into the net.

With Bafana Bafana supporters streaming away from the Loftus Versfeld stadium, Alvaro Pereira was presented with simple header into an open goal to end a miserable night for the hosts.

Starting Line-Ups

SA

16. Itumeleng Khune
2. Siboniso Gaxa
4. Aaron Mokoena
20. Bongani Khumalo
3. Tsepo Masilela
8. Siphiwe Tshabalala
13. Kagisho Dikgacoi
12. Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Moriri, 57)
11. Tsholofelo Modise
10. Steven Pienaar (Josephs, 79)
9. Katlego Mphela

SUBS

1. Moeneeb Josephs (GK)
5. Anele Ngcongca
6. Macbeth Sibaya
7. Lance Davids
14. Matthew Booth
15. Lucas Thwala
17. Bernard Parker
18. Siyabonga Nomvethe
19. Surprise Moriri
21. Siyabonga Sangweni
23. Thanduyise Khuboni
22. Shu-Aib Walters (GK)

URU

1. Nestor Fernando Muslera
16. Victorio Maxi Pereira
2. Diego Lugano
3. Diego Godin
4. Jorge Fucile ( Alvaro Fernandez , 71)
17. Egidio Arevalo Rios
15. Diego Perez (Gargano, 90)
11. Alvaro Pereira
9. Luis Suarez
10. Diego Forlan
7. Edinson Cavani (Sebastian Fernandez, 89)

SUBS

12. Juan Castillo (GK)
5. Walter Gargano
6. Mauricio Victorino
8. Sebastian Eguren
13. Sebastian Abreu
18. Nacho Gonzalez
19. Andres Scotti
20. Alvaro Fernandez
21. Sebastian Fernandez
22. Martin Caceres
23. Martin Silva (GK)

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