FIFA WORLD CUP

Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa

Referee: Massimo Busacca | Attendance: 42658

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Uruguay

  • Diego Forlán 24'
  • Diego Forlán 80' PEN
  • Álvaro Pereira 90' +5'
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  • 95'

    Remember we have all the World Cup games covered live on Soccernet, so join us at 11:30GMT on Thursday for Nigeria vs Greece.

  • 95'

    That's all for today, the second round of fixtures starts with the second biggest win of the tournament so far. Let's hope it's a good omen for the next few games.

  • 95'

    The match report for this game can be found here, while we will have Editor John Brewin giving us his verdict on the game a little later.

  • 95'

    At Soccernet HQ, Tom thinks: Uruguay executed their gameplan to perfection, they handled the occasion impressively. South Africa couldn't produce any quality football for their fanatical supporters.

  • 95'

    A huge performance needed against France, but you have to feel that South Africa are set to write their name into the record books by becoming the first host nation to fail to progress from the first round.

  • 95'

    Men against boys today I'm afraid. A great performance from Uruguay, especially as they turned the screw in the second half. South Africa were lacking any penetration and the home supporters go away devastated.

  • 94'

    FULL-TIME: South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

  • 94'

    GOAL: Great long ball from Forlan to Suarez on the right. Superb cross from Suarez to Alvaro Pereira and he heads it in with ease.

  • 94'

    Great last-ditch tackle by Khumalo

  • 94'

    Forlan escapes through the middle, he's on a hat-trick...

  • 93'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Diego Forlan is the first player to score two goals at this World Cup. The last Uruguayan to score a hat trick at the World Cup was Carlos Borges in 1954 versus Scotland. The last Uruguay player with a brace was Juan Holberg, also in 1954, versus Hungary.

  • 92'

    Offside. Oh dear. It's just not Bafana Bafana's day.

  • 92'

    Mphela away down the right...

  • 91'

    Modise lloking to create an opening but Uruguay stand firm at the back again. Not that there back four has been kept particularly busy.

  • 90'

    Five minutes of stoppage time to play.

  • 90'

    URUGUAY SUB: Gargano on for Perez

  • 89'

    Cavani has done okay but his main plus point is that he gave Forlan more license to drop deep - a tactic that has worked brilliantly.

  • 89'

    URUGUAY SUB: Sebastien Fernandez on for Cavani.

  • 88'

    Shot from Mphela from 30 yards but again collected easily. Highly speculative.

  • 87'

    Tshabalala shoots from just outside the box but it was never going to challenge Muslera.

  • 87'

    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: The stadium is emptying in record style. Uruguayan fans can be now heard over the vuvuzela.

  • 86'

    Three-on-three attack for Uruguay but instead of giving it to Forlan, Cavani shoots straight into Josephs' hands.

  • 86'

    South Africa starting to look a little brighter but I have a feeling it's too little too late.

  • 85'


    Diego Forlan celebrates his goal.

  • 84'

    Gaxa goes down in the area but it would have been a very soft penalty. Lugano just eased him off the ball. Good defending.

  • 84'

    Mphela gives the ball away and Suarez sprints through the middle. But Mphela battles back well.

  • 83'

    Blocked away to safety.

  • 83'

    Without their most creative player, this is going to be tough for South Africa but Gaxa manufacturers some space to shoot.

  • 82'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Gianluca Pagliuca was the last goalkeeper shown a red card in a World Cup match, for Italy in 1998.

  • 81'

    That was the fifth red card in 17 games at this World Cup. What a blow for the hosts.

  • 81'

    Modise crosses it from the right but it's belted too hard and it's out for a goal-kick.

  • 80'

    Five minutes after the pen was given Forlan kept his cool. It's the quietest I've heard a stadium yet at the finals.

  • 80'

    GOAL: Straight into the top left-hand corner. Great penalty.

  • 79'

    Forlan to take it...

  • 79'

    Can the goalkeeper be an instant hero?

  • 78'

    SUB: New goalkeeper on for South Africa - Josephs the sub keeper on for Pienaar.

  • 77'

    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: A clear cut penalty from here but that foot was dragged. Meek applause for Khune who was visibly distraught.

  • 76'

    RED CARD: Khune brought down Suarez and it was an easy decision.

  • 75'

    PENALTY to Uruguay

  • 74'

    Gaxa has it back but he's offside having had the ball returned to him after taking a throw-in. Schoolboy stuff.

  • 74'

    Plays it to Gaxa down the right wing, but he slips as he tries to cross the ball.

  • 74'

    Pienaar dropping deep to try to make something happen.

  • 73'

    Tshabalala with ANOTHER awful delivery. Just absolutely nowhere near any sort of danger zone.

  • 72'

    South Africa straight back at them though and Pienaar's shot is deflected. It's a corner for the hosts.

  • 72'

    Terrible ball from Tshabalala.

  • 72'

    Free-kick for South Africa down the right.

  • 71'

    Cavani tees himself up impressively but his volley soars high and over. Would have been goal of the tournament if it had gone in. No such luck.

  • 71'

    Suarez brought down again, Masilela this time.

  • 71'


    Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune stands dejected.

  • 70'

    SUB: Uruguay introduce Fernandez for the injured Fucile.

  • 69'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Service has been poor on both sides: South Africa has completed only 2 of 16 crosses and Uruguay only 1 of 10.

  • 68'

    Fucile is down and looks in some discomfort. South Africa trying to take advantage as he receives treatment.

  • 68'

    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: Audible anguish from South Africa fans. Uruguay beginning to take their time with everything. They are past masters at such things.

  • 68'

    Shot from Modise from 30 yards but Muslera holds onto it. There was none of that famous Jabulani movement to be seen there.

  • 67'

    Forlan in acres down the left, he produces a pinpoint cross to Cavani but he has mishit his shot completely.

  • 66'

    Headed away by Moriri.

  • 66'

    No corner given and Uruguay go down the other end and do win a corner.

  • 65'

    Chance for Bafana Bafana, excellent cross from the right by Gaxa. Mphela darts to the near post and he heads wide, with the help of the fingertips of Muslera.

  • 64'

    Moriri has done nothing since he has come on and South Africa still seem to be playing with just Mphela up front.

  • 64'

    Modise and Pienaar exchange passes, but where's that creative spark?

  • 64'

    He's a lucky boy there Dikgacoi, already on a yellow he could have been in trouble.

  • 63'

    Crunching tackle on Fucile by Dikgacoi. But the referee lets play go on.

  • 63'

    Godin impeded by Pienaar.

  • 62'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Uruguay's only previous World Cup encounter against an African team was in 2002, drawing 3-3 with Senegal. Forlan also scored in that game.

  • 61'

    Ambitious effort from Maxi Pereira, striking it from the right corner of the penalty area. But it's sliced wide and over with his right foot.

  • 60'

    Suarez brings it under control at the back post but it's a poor touch to and South Afrca break.

  • 60'

    Headed away by Gaxa and it's a Uruguay corner. Surely Forlan has to be putting this one towards Khune who has looked dodgy.

  • 60'

    Mokoena fouls Suarez - he's really struggling against the striker. Free-kick on the left wing.

  • 59'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Uruguay have already created more scoring chances (6) against South Africa than they did against France (4) in their opening match.

  • 58'

    Not immediately - it's Uruguay on the attack. Bafana Bafana have made a timid start to the half.

  • 58'

    So a defensive midfielder off and a more attacking player introduced. Will he make a difference?

  • 57'


    Teko Modise and Alvaro Pereira.

  • 57'

    The sub's first name is Surprise and that's exactly what he'll need to do to the Uruguayan defence.

  • 56'

    SUB: South Africa make the change - Moriri on for Letsholonyane

  • 56'

    This time Pienaar has a shot but his curled effort is deflected away to safety.

  • 55'

    Tshabalala finds Masilela down the left but it's ANOTHER bad cross.

  • 55'

    Suarez runs at Khumalo again, but the defender keeps his cool this time and intercepts well.

  • 54'

    Headed away this time by Khune. I can't stress just how poor that attempt was by Lugano. Appalling contribution from the captain.

  • 53'

    Great ball but a shocking header from Lugano - more off his shoulder than head eventhough he is in acres. Khune palms it away for a corner.

  • 53'

    Urugay do have another free-kick now on the left, with Forlan to again try to deliver.

  • 52'

    The foul was actually just outside the box and Suarez did go down easily. Maybe I was a touch harsh to criticise the ref.

  • 52'

    Mphela breaks down the right but again the delivery is poor.

  • 51'

    Ref turns away the appeal and tells him to get up. Not sure about that decision.

  • 51'

    Suarez (with tissue in his mouth to stem the blood) brought down by Khumalo inside the area...

  • 50'

    It drops inside the six yard box but somehow no one gets a contact ont he ball and it bounces away.

  • 50'

    Forlan delivers, Khune flaps...

  • 49'

    Right against the left by-line it's a free-kick with Forlan to take. Suarez is leaving the field to be attended. He has blood coming from his mouth after Mokoena accidentally swung an arm at him giving the free-kick away.

  • 48'

    Suarez fouled by Mokoena - the South Africa captain has been led a merry dance by the striker.

  • 48'

    He does well to get his cross in but Cavani can't turn it goalwards.

  • 47'

    Alvaro Pereira given plenty of space and after Mokoena's mistake Suarez sprints past him...

  • 47'

    Arevalo the man who nipped at his heels.

  • 47'

    Pienaar wins a free-kick just inside the Uruguay half.

  • 47'

    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: The horns are humming, Bafana Bafana are huddling. 45 minutes to save their World Cup.

  • 46'

    Alvaro Pereira gets a return pass from Forlan and does well to keep it in play down the right but can't direct his cross towards a white shirt.

  • 46'

    Uruguay immediately on the attack with Cavani.

  • 45'

    And we're off for the second half...

  • 45'

    The players back out on the pitch now and the partisan home support attempting to lift their boys with a cacpohony of noise. Can the hosts step it up in the second half?

  • 45'

    If they were to lose this game it would be a massive blow to South Africa's chances of progression. The African sides have faltered so far, and Soccernet's Andrew Hush has noticed that the continental challengers have stuttered.

  • 45'

    That stat isn't a great omen for Bafana Bafana, but they have plenty to be positive about. They need to push someone up to play alongside Mphela, or at least try to get him into the game more.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: South Africa has scored two goals in ANY half just once in its World Cup history - June 2, 2002 vs Paraguay in the second half.

  • 45'

    So there seems to be a lot of promise for the second round of matches if this first-half is anything to go by. Soccernet's Norman Hubbard has examined the tactics behind the first set of group games.

  • 45'


    Diego Forlan celebrates his goal.

  • 45'

    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: Half-time: Where Mexico failed to capitalise on dominating the hosts, Uruguay have the advantage and perhaps the steel and craft to upset a nation.

  • 45'

    Suarez also looks liberated and has shown a bit more enthusiasm to take players on. He was a non-entity against France.

  • 45'

    Uruguay probably the better side and Forlan has certainly been the best player on the park. He has dictated play and has been at the heart of all of the South Americans' positive play.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME South Africa 0-1 Uruguay

  • 44'

    He is in desperate need of support and has been feeding on scraps in the first half.

  • 44'

    Tshabalala searches for Mphela but he has just been crowded out every time.

  • 42'

    Dikgacoi will miss the next game, which is in his own city of Bloemfontein.

  • 42'

    YELLOW CARD: Dikgacoi with a not-so-good tackle.

  • 41'

    Gaxa plays it through to modise down the right - fantastic challenge from Fucile.

  • 41'

    Tabarez looking calm on the touchline, while Parreira continues to gesticulate.

  • 40'

    Excellent work by Gaxa down the right again, he's looked lively and set up that crossing opportunity.

  • 40'

    Header wide by Mphela. He was a good 15 yards out and it would have been some effort to score from there.

  • 39'


    Jorge Fucile battles with Letsholonyane Reneilwe.

  • 38'

    Perez and Cavani link up well down the right but Masilela does well to win the ball back from Perez.

  • 37'

    South Africa just holding onto the ball. They look so much better when they keep it on the floor, though they have a tendency to look long for Mphela.

  • 36'

    Fucile takes out Modise off the ball. The ref didn't see it but it was a quite intentional block.

  • 35'

    Pienaar finds some room but he had three white shirts around him in an instant.

  • 34'

    Perez looks for an incisive ball over the top for Forlan but goalkeeper Khune collects the ball with ease.

  • 34'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Both of Diego Forlan's career World Cup goals have come from outside the box.

  • 33'

    That's also taken quickly but Alvaro Pereira gets it clear.

  • 33'

    Modise is brought down by Arevalo and the quick free-kick results in a corner.

  • 32'

    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: Tension mounting here, the vuvuzelas even sound subdued and an air of desperation is apparent among the fans, whose voices can be heard. Especially when they are at such high-pitch.

  • 32'

    Good chance for Suarez, he turned Khumalo inside out and then struck from a tight angle into the side netting.

  • 31'

    Bafana Bafana boss Parreira looks bemused on the sidelines. I was going to say that the goal silenced the crowd, but of course the vuvuzelas continued to blare from the Urugauyan fans!

  • 30'


    Diego Forlan takes a shot.

  • 29'

    Mphela just went on a one man wrecking mission - picked up the ball on the halfway line and ended up on the right byline. Used his fantastic pace but there was no one in the box.

  • 29'

    Forlan is playing very deep but it's enabling him to see lots of the ball.

  • 29'

    And promptly give it away.

  • 29'

    The South Americans keeping possession...

  • 28'

    ESPN Stats & Info: South Africa have won just two of their 13 encounters against South American opposition. South Africa have also failed to score in six of their 13 games against South American teams.

  • 26'

    Masilela crosses in from the left but it's tidied up easily enough.

  • 26'

    South Africa straight back at Uruguay as Dikgacoi tries to probe for an opening.

  • 25'

    Needed to be more pressure on Forlan there from the South Africa defence - Khune was frustrated by those in front of him.

  • 24'

    GOAL: Wonderful goal from Forlan, a deflection takes it over the head of Khune but it was an excellent strike from 20 yards out.

  • 23'

    Alvaro Pereira's shot may well have just left the stadium it was so high over the bar.

  • 22'

    Suarez makes some room on the right of the area but his shot is straight into Khune's hands.

  • 22'

    Letsholonyane, Gaxa and Pienaar with an impressive interchange but Pereira has it abck for Uruguay.

  • 21'

    Perez looks for Maxi Pereira down the right but it's just too long for him.

  • 20'

    Mokoena gives the ball to Khune, hopefully the goalkeeper can hear the vuvzelas tonight. He couldn't make them out last time out - must have been the only one!

  • 19'

    Great intesity to the match so far, South Africa coming right back into it.

  • 19'

    Tshabalala's ball into the box and Khumalo got his head onto it. But Uruguay were able to clear their lines.

  • 18'

    Free-kick for South Africa, Rios fouls Modise.

  • 18'

    Letsholonyane has looked very bright, he's had some good touches.

  • 17'


    Cavani and Masilela do battle.

  • 17'

    Khumalo is beaten by Suarez down the right but his cross is headed away before Forlan can get to it.

  • 16'

    Lovely football from South Africa through midfield to make some space for Tshabalala. It's over again with an optimistic effort, Pienaar is screaming at him as he was in acres down the right.

  • 15'

    Suarez gets his head to it for the flick on, but Cavani had strayed offside.

  • 14'

    Long throw for Uruguay from Fucile.

  • 14'

    Fresh from his goal last time out he was clearly confident. Perhaps a touch misguided.

  • 13'

    Tshabalala tries a speculative effort from 35 yards. It flies high over the bar.

  • 12'

    Gaxa almost escaped down the right wing but Fucile got an important block in.

  • 12'

    South Africa just playing it around the back, attempting to keep some possession.

  • 11'

    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: The nerves are apparent from the hosts. Uruguay will be happy with the way things are going.

  • 10'

    Long ball aimed towards Mphela but it's headed away.

  • 10'

    The ref has been quite whistle happy so far.

  • 10'

    I think that tally may have already benn beaten by Uruguay.

  • 9'

    ESPN Stats & Info: South Africa only touched the ball eight times in the penalty area against Mexico in their opening match; Uruguay only touched the ball five times in France's penalty area.

  • 9'

    It's a nice looking ball as Lugano peels away at the back post, but it's just floated over his head and harmlessly out.

  • 8'

    Free-kick down the right for Uruguay. Forlan to deliver from the wing.

  • 8'

    Uruguay looking to attack with some intent at the start here.

  • 8'

    Forlan plays in Fucile down the left wing, he cuts inside onto his right but he's dragged his shot wide.

  • 7'

    Suarez fires wide after Forlan played him through just inside the left of the area.

  • 6'

    No one has been able to get that Jabulani to dip yet. Come on the free-kick takers.

  • 6'

    Straight into the wall.

  • 6'

    Forlan will get another bite at the cherry.

  • 5'

    YELLOW CARD: Pienaar booked for charging out early.

  • 5'

    Forlan charged down by Pienaar.

  • 5'

    Mokoena fouls Suarez and it's a free-kick in a dangerous position, about 25 yards out. Surely Forlan will fancy it.

  • 4'

    It nearly bounced towards Mokoena in the penalty area but Cavani - the forward - is the man who clears it away.

  • 3'

    Delivered towards Mphela and this time Lugano wins it fairly, heading it away for a corner.

  • 3'

    Free-kick for Bafana Bafana, Lugano penalised for bringing down Mphela.

  • 2'

    Alvaro Pereira tries to manufacture something down the left but South Africa break away.

  • 1'

    Luis Suarez caught offside for Uruguay as the ball is played long over the top.

  • 1'

    South Africa on the attack early on but Pienaar couldn't keep hold of it.

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    We're off...

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    South Africa huddle and it's going to be the hosts to kick off.

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    Forlan was the key man for Uruguay in the opener - he should play a little deeper today and see even more of the ball. It will be crucial for Bafana Bafana to keep him quiet.

  •  

    Parreira has promised a more attacking approach and Tabarez seems to feel the same judging by his selection.

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    The national anthems blaring out now. Here's hoping the next round of fixtures will see a few more goals and be as exciting as Switzerland's victory over Spain earlier today.

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    This is the second round of group matches now, read what Soccernet thought the best and worst moments of the opening round of fixtures were here.

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    Here come the players now, Mokoena leads out the hosts while Lugano leads the way for Uruguay.

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    I certainly hope for South Africa's sake it is as loud - the fans were like a twelfth man in that opening game, helping to drag Tshabalala's opening goal into the net last Friday.

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    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: A sea of yellow and green and a throb of horns tells me that they're up for this one. Can it repeat the atmosphere of Soccer City?

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    It's a big day in South Africa day today, Youth Day - which recognises the start of the Soweto uprising - it is a huge celebration of national pride.

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    ESPN's John Brewin at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium: Quite a tense atmosphere in Pretoria - not least in the press box where angry journalists are fighting over seats as I write.

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    For Uruguay, it's a bit more of an attacking look with Cavani in for Gonzalez to make up a front three with Forlan and Suarez.

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    There's only one change to the South Africa line-up, with Masilela in for Thawala at left-back.

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    Group A is poised on a knife edge, with all four teams currently sitting on one point. South Africa drew 1-1 with Mexico in their first outing, while Uruguay drew 1-1 with France.

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    Hello everyone and welcome to live text commentary of the first of the second round of World Cup group games. Hosts South Africa take on Uruguay at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

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    Amid all the doom and gloom about noise and off-target shots, Carlos Alberto Parreira provides a bit of positiivity as he loves the vuvuzelas and Jabulani.

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    Sebastian Abreu in determined mood during training at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday.

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  • Shots (on goal)

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  • South Africa

  • 10(3)

  • 22

  • 14

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  • Uruguay

  • 19(6)

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Match Stats

  • South Africa
  • Uruguay
10(3) Shots (on goal) 19(6)
14 Fouls 10
3 Corner kicks 4
3 Offsides 2
50% Time of Possession 50%
2 Yellow Cards 0
1 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 3
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