Germany won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa playoff game for the third place against Uruguay 3:2 scoring the wining goal with only eight minutes of the match remaining.
Both sides wanted to finish the World Cup on a winning note and the first half of the match under a heavy rain in Port Elizabeth ended 1:1 after Germany’s Thomas Muller and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani traded goals.
With ten minutes of the second half played Uruguay’s Diego Forlan scored another for his team, but the goal was shortly answered by Germany’s Marcell Jansen.
The teams seemed to finish the main time of the match at the 2:2 draw but Germany’s Sami Khedira netted the winner on the 82nd minute to earn his country fourth bronze of the World Cup series.
The 2010 World Cup winner will be determined on Sunday night between two European teams, Spain and the Netherlands, which both never previously won the world championship.
Netherlands pushed Uruguay aside with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday to reach their third World Cup final and set up an all-European clash with Spain or Germany.
Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half from Wesley Sneijder, his fifth of the tournament, and Arjen Robben gave Netherlands a 3-1 lead but Maximiliano Pereira gave them some nervous moments with a late goal in time added on.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst had given the Dutch an early lead with a long-range drive before Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan equalised just before halftime, also with a superb strike.
European champions Spain play Germany in Durban in the other semi-final on Wednesday with the winners playing Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final at Soccer City in Johannesburg.
It will be Europe’s 10th World Cup win in 19 finals but the first by a European side outside their own continent. The Dutch lost both their previous finals in 1974 and 1978 to West Germany and Argentina respectively.
We’ve made a PowerPoint presentation and a video to show you the wonderful 2010 FIFA World Cup semifinal between Netherlands and Uruguay. Enjoy!
Since the 2010 FIFA World Cup began on June 6, the field of nations competing for the coveted golden soccer ball trophy has narrowed to the “elite eight”: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Netherlands, Paraguay, Spain and Uruguay.
These 8 teams will fight for the qualifications to enter the semifinals, here is the list of the quarterfinal schedule:
Netherlands vs Brazil (Port Elizabeth) 4 p.m.
Uruguay vs Ghana (Soccer City) 8:30 p.m.
Argentina vs Germany (Cape Town) 4 p.m.
Paraguay vs Spain (Ellis Park) 8:30 p.m.
Let’s look forward to the wonderful matches of this great sports event.