Match preview: Germany vs. Uruguay

German Football
By German Football July 10, 2010 08:55

Match preview: Germany vs. Uruguay

For evidence of just how much the play-off for third place at the World Cup means, you only have to go back to the summer of 2006 and recall the determination with which host nation Germany rounded off their campaign with a 3-1 victory over Portugal in Stuttgart.

This is the second time Germany and Uruguay have met to contest third place at a FIFA World Cup, with the pair doing battle at the same stage of Mexico 1970.

At the finals 40 years ago, Die Nationalmannschaft had lost a semi-final thriller 4-3 to Italy, while La Celeste had been downed 3-1 by eventual winners Brazil, with the Germans snatching third spot thanks to a solitary 26th-minute strike from Wolfgang Overath.

The two teams also met in the quarter-finals at England 1966 in a match Germany won 4-0, and again at Mexico 1986, when the pair’s group meeting ended 1-1.

In conclusive proof of their historical upper hand, of a total of nine international matches between the duo to date, Germany have won six and suffered only one defeat, which came at the 1928 edition of the Olympic Football Tournament.

Not that Oscar Tabarez’s charges will let the record books concern them, having exceeded all expectations with the country’s best FIFA World Cup performance since lifting the Trophy for the second time at Brazil 1950.

As they seek a victory which would crown their impressive showing on South African soil, striker Luis Suarez returns after missing the semi-final defeat against Netherlands through suspension while captain Diego Lugano should be fit to play after missing said game with a knee injury.

Leading scorer Diego Forlan, meanwhile, has been declared fit to play despite a knock against the Dutch and, with four goals so far, is only one strike behind adidas Golden Boot pace-setters Wesley Sneijder and David Villa.

Speaking of in-form forwards, the spotlight will also no doubt fall on Miroslav Klose, now just one goal behind the all-time FIFA World Cup record of 15, set by Brazil’s Ronaldo.

However, his appearance in what will be Germany’s 99th match at the competition is in doubt after suffering he suffered a back injury against Spain on Wednesday, while midfielders Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira’s participation is also in doubt. German coach Joachim Low is therefore expected to give a run-out to squad players such as Serdar Tasci, Dennis Aogo and Stefan Kiessling.

German Football
By German Football July 10, 2010 08:55
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5 Comments

  1. LUIS CADAVID July 10, 22:34

    THIS IS THE BEST MATCH THAT I VE SEEN
    THANKS A LOT TO JOACHIM LOEW, TO BE THE THE BEST DT OF “THE GLOURIOUS GERMAN TANK”
    OZIL, SCHWEINSTEIGER, KLOSE, LAHM, MULLER, PODOLSKI, AND THE OTHER ONES YOU WILL BE ALWAYS REMEMBERED AS HEROES! THANKS FOR TAKE ON THE GLORY OF BEING IN THE TOP 3 OF THE BEST TEAM OF THE WORLD!!!

  2. Kifah Elzubaidi July 10, 23:00

    It the most beautiful match in South African tournament. This German team is diverse and awesome. Well done

  3. Ash July 10, 23:06

    Beautiful game today.. one of the best I’ve seen in this world cup. We’ve sucessfully defended our third place spot and looked so good doing it 🙂

  4. shiby July 12, 14:01

    Thanks a lot Germany(our champions).. 🙂 lov u all nd miss u..take care nd be the “Best team” like this always

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