Germany secure third place

German Football
By German Football July 11, 2010 06:08

Germany secure third place

Sami Khedira’s 82nd-minute header earned Germany a 3-2 victory in a rousing and rain-soaked World Cup third-place play-off match here on Saturday. The Stuttgart midfielder rose to nod the ball beyond Fernando Muslera after Uruguay failed to clear a late corner, while Diego Forlan came inches away from a dramatic equaliser with an injury-time free-kick that struck the crossbar.

Forlan rounded off an impressive individual showing at the tournament with a brilliantly-taken volley to give Uruguay a 2-1 lead early in the second period, only for Marcell Jansen to restore parity moments later.

Thomas Müller had put Germany in front in the 19th minute, but Edinson Cavani drew Uruguay level in the 28th minute.

Müller and Forlan’s goals took them level with Spain’s David Villa and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder in the race for the Golden Boot with five strikes apiece.

Miroslav Klose’s hopes of matching Ronaldo’s record of 15 World Cup finals goals were dashed after a back injury saw him relegated to the German bench by coach Joachim Loew alongside skipper Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Uruguay looked to take advantage of lethargy in the German ranks in the second period, with Germany goalkeeper Jörg Butt regularly called into action. He pulled off a fine double save to repel Cavani and then Luis Suarez, but was then beaten by an acrobatic volley from Forlan that flew inside the right-hand post.

Jansen drew Germany level in the 56th minute when he capitalised on a rash charge from Muslera to nod in Jerome Boateng’s right-wing cross. The livewire Suarez produced a flying save from Butt with an ambitious effort and the veteran also had to dash from his line to deny Forlan.

German substitute Stefan Kießling smashed a shot straight at Muslera following a bewitching stepover on the edge of the box, before Khedira set the seal on a memorable tournament for Joachim Loew’s young team. Kiessling could have made it 4-2 but he swept over from 12 yards after a flowing move.

Germany edged Uruguay 1-0 when the sides met in the third-place match at the 1970 World Cup and they came close to taking an early lead here when Arne Friedrich met Mesut Ozil’s deep corner with a header that bounced back off the crossbar.

Uruguay held out for just nine more minutes, with Mueller slotting in from close range after 19 minutes after Bastian Schweinsteiger’s swerving drive was pushed out by Muslera. Lightning counter-attacks have been Germany’s trademark at this tournament but they were dealt a taste of their own medicine in the 28th minute when Diego Perez quickly fed Suarez, whose pass was stabbed home by Cavani.

German Football
By German Football July 11, 2010 06:08
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22 Comments

  1. shiby July 11, 07:35

    really reallly proud f u Germany.. Congratulations 2 everyone..u guys made us sooo happy..definitely,u deserved this victory(or more than this?)..v r really proud f u guys.. 🙂
    U guys played excellently in this tournament..i ws really tensed at d beginning f dis tournament coz Ballack nd other important players wer not there nd d team ws full f young players..evryone teased me a lot for supporting Germany nd i ws totally alone..bt had d belief in u guys nd my Lord..nd He nd u made us happy by playing d best performances nd finally securing this victory.. 🙂
    Congratulations 2 all f u once again and Thanks a lot fr all d moments u gave us through this tournament..will definitely cherish this forever..lov u all nd wil miss u ..take care..our support nd prayers wil be with u alwayss..may god bless u my Germany.. 🙂

    • Julian July 11, 19:13

      I totally agree with you Shiby 😀 , yres Germany was fabulous at this world , they deserved to be in the finals

  2. eVe July 11, 08:57

    Great Job. Though you deserve better than 3rd place. But that’s fine. Congratulation. 🙂

  3. Mj July 11, 11:00

    Go Germany, U guys are super, though Lost in Spain. I hope German team is going to winner in Next World Cap.

  4. German July 11, 11:53

    Proud the team was able to finish an exciting campaign on a high 🙂
    Should have achieved more than this but I’m sure that this team will rule football for the next decade starting from EURO 2012 and the World Cup 2014!!!

  5. Shazreen July 11, 12:55

    Congratulations, Germany. You guys have made us fans proud. Thank you for entertaining us during the match against Uruguay. We love you guys!

  6. beau July 11, 16:38

    im sooo happy for this team right now like i can smile about it for days! im so proud of them:) it was a really really good tournament from a team so young yet so talented. they deserved way better than 3rd place! lahms getting married on wednesday? hope the best captain ever is gonna be really happy! 😀

  7. Anca July 11, 18:32

    you should have won:X:X:X
    you are the best team and i’m so proud of and you deserve better but still good job and hope the next time you’ll won this competition
    love you:X:*

  8. Anubha July 11, 23:50

    Missed Miro,Lahm,Podolski 🙁 Proud of Muller 😀 Actually proud of every single one of that awesome energetic team 🙂 You made my month fantastic. It is just worthy to be your fan. You never let your fans down & may be you did not make it to the final. So what? You ended your tournament as becoming the 3rd nation among 32…3rd place for the 4th time?? Hell yeah :D:D Love you all. Will miss you. See you in the Euro 2012 🙂 xoxo

  9. China July 13, 03:16

    You are not the third but you are the winner for me . I love you team.
    ammy Thailand

  10. Jane Chariot July 13, 10:34

    I was still disappointed with their lost at the semi final but when I looked back at all the matches in this world cup, I think they did a very fantastic job.
    They should feel very proud of themselves and strive better in their upcoming world cup.
    I will surely miss Michael Ballack, Miroslav Klose and even Arne Friedrich. It’s hard to believe that it’s going to be their last world cup.
    But I’m proud of them. They did very well.
    This would be their greatest fight in this match. They showed the whole world what they’re capable of. Sometimes I feel like I was watching the finals instead of the third place playoff.
    I was thoroughly sad that the world cup is over. But I can’t wait ti see you guys again in the next world cup.
    Remember to keep your heads held high.

  11. Marcus July 13, 12:29

    I thought Germany played the most positive and, at times, the most skillful football in the whole World Cup. It was disappointing that they lost to Spain in the semi-final.

    I actually think most football fans would prefer Germany’s style of football to Spain’s, it is more direct and faster. Hopefully, Germany will have worked out how to beat Spain by the Euros in 2012.

  12. leo francis July 13, 20:55

    you are always playing good football.good fighting team spirit.keep going on in every tournaments.all though i am a indian ,i am great german football fan.

  13. ...What? July 14, 06:35

    Why would you even through anything about naziism into a comment? just because your sad of a missed goal that was indeed a goal, but Germany did outplay England in that game, a 4 – 1 victory is a decisive win. And besides you won the world cup in 1966 with the momentum from a goal which was not a goal, I call that karma, and about the nazi comment, that was many decades ago, the world cup is about peace, fair play, uniting against racism and most of all beautiful football. So if you are a sore loser keep it in Britain, we will see you in 2012 and i hope we play you again, so we can prove who the real team is, and who has the classier fans.

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  15. bilal azzam July 22, 14:42

    great job team you were fabulous we wish you the europ cup and for klose I say :i love you and i wish you will play in the eorupa cup and 2014 worldcup to score and beat the brazilian ronaldo .

  16. Beatlescool July 29, 19:10

    Germany are the best team in the world!! all the players are fantastic! they put everything into it for there country so,so proud that Thomas Muller got golden boot he deserves it so much. muller is incredible for his age and will get more amazing through the years! Go MULLER!!! Shame for Lahm, Podoski and klose they would’ve loved to have played agaist uraguy! Only 13 years old from Glasgow scotland and think these guys are brilliant!!!

    you will do it in 2012!!!!! well done, boys!!!! xxxxx 😀 may god be with you when you play, Klose, Boateng, Khendra,Fredrich, Muller, Lahm, Ozil, Schweinstieger, Podoski, Jansen, Keibling, butt, and to the great substitutes and the wonderful mananger! xxxxx

  17. Deutschland Gurl July 30, 09:32

    Ich liebe auch deutschland (DFB) (:

  18. Syrian Guy August 24, 13:17

    I just want to say Congratulations on your 3rd place and all of the matches you have played in the tournament. You did very well. Although I am new to the football world (only last year), I have learned a lot about your history and every other team’s history and I guarantee that you will be successful in every upcoming tournament and even your matches. Final words… Germany, my favourite team and one of the best teams with the best players in the world!

  19. JUSTKICKIT September 3, 01:57

    Germany is the best for sure in opinion, hope they come 2 success in 2014

  20. leticia September 20, 01:46

    i love them all they are my babies i totaly think that mesut ozil lukas podolski marcell jansen and miroslav klose are suuuper sexy any ways i love them with all my heart deushtland uber alles !!!!!!!!!!!

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