Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa

Referee: Viktor Kassai | Attendance: 33425

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  • 93'

    Read our full-time report here and remember to stick with ESPN Soccernet for all the post-match reaction.

  • 93'

    As for Mexico, they lack a cutting edge in attack and that could be costly in the knockout stages.

  • 93'

    Uruguay could go far. They have a rock solid defence and create good chances on the counter-attack. It might be worth putting a few of their cheap players in your fantasy team.

  • 93'

    So Uruguay top Group A and Mexico finish second. World Cup hosts South Africa and France are the first two teams to go out of the competition.

  • 93'

    And that is it! The ref blows for full-time. In truth, he could have done that 20 minutes ago and it would have made no difference.

  • 92'

    ...Forlan takes the corner, but it is too close to keeper Perez who claims the ball.

  • 91'

    Uruguay's holding-midfielder Perez finds himself unusually far up the pitch. His cross leads to a corner...

  • 90'

    It looks like Uruguay will top the group and avoid Argentina in the next round.

  • 89'

    Mexico still can't get through the light blue wall that is Uruguay's defence.

  • 88'

    Forlan will take a freekick for Uruguay on the left. A.Fernandez gets his head to the ball but can't direct his effort on target.

  • 87'

    Forlan's corner is easily cleared at the near post.

  • 86'

    Cavani takes on three Mexico players in midfield and then shoots from long-range. Perez saves at the expense of a corner.

  • 85'

    Mexico's Castro is frustrated and gets booked for a foul on the excellent Perez.

  • 84'

    Uruguay goalscorer Suarez goes off and A.Fernandez comes on.

  • 83'

    Salcido's mis-hit shot deflects through to Franco, who can't control the ball on the edge of the box.

  • 82'

    Mexico in possession but can't create anything.

  • 81'

    From Tom Adams in the Soccernet office: This has been a dream tournament for teams from South America, and in finishing top of the group Uruguay will avoid Argentina in the next round.

  • 80'

    Berrera's umpteenth cross is deflected, but loops into the arms of a Uruguay goalkeeper Muslera.

  • 79'

    Uruguay seem very happy with their 1-0 lead. Scotti, who has just come on, has gone into defence to make a back five.

  • 78'

    ESPN Stats & Info: If they keep a clean sheet in this match, Uruguay will become the fourth team not to concede a single goal in the group stages of the World Cup since 1996. The previous sides to do so are: Italy in 1990, Argentina in 1998 and Switzerland in 2006.

  • 77'

    The corner eventually comes in and everybody misses it as the ball bounces in the box. It wasn't worth waiting for.

  • 76'

    Hernandez gets booked for a tussle in the box... and we still haven't had the corner.

  • 75'

    Uruguay make a change before the corner. A.Pereira goes off and Scotti comes on.

  • 74'

    Giovanni clips in a cross from the left. Hernandez stretches to reach it and Lugano pokes the ball behind for a corner.

  • 73'

    Torrado finds his usual outlet, Berrera, who wins a corner. Uruguay defend it well.

  • 72'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Suarez has 27 touches and one goal. If that holds he would have the second-fewest touches by a goalscorer at this year's World Cup. Only Drogba v. Brazil had fewer (18).

  • 71'

    France have scored in the other Group A match to make it 2-1 against South Africa. Good news for Mexico.

  • 70'

    Barrera races down the wing ad hooks the ball into the box. Victorino clears for Uruguay.

  • 69'

    Luis Suarez's goal is still the difference between the two teams.

  • 68'

    Fucile grabs Giovanni's shirt and Mexico have a freekick on the right. They try a clever routine but it only results in a weak header.

  • 67'

    Perez has been a rock for Uruguay. The defensive midfielder has really protected his back four.

  • 66'

    Barrera seems to be the main outlet for Mexico. He is seeing lots of the ball and putting in crosses.

  • 65'

    If the coach had any subs left I'm sure he would take Rodriguez off after that shocker.

  • 64'

    Berrera crosses from the right. Rodriguez is unmarked on the penalty spot but somehow manages to head wide. What a miss!

  • 63'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Javier Hernandez has netted four goals in his last five international ppearances.

  • 62'

    Hernadez's first touch is to play in Giovanni, but the little striker is tackled as he shapes to shoot.

  • 61'

    Here is another sub. Blanco goes off and Hernandez comes on.

  • 60'

    Barrera managed to sneak on unnoticed (at least by me) for Guardado at half time.

  • 59'

    Salcido has possession high up the pitch but stumbles over the ball. He is having a bad game today.

  • 58'

    Uruguay are still camped in Mexico's half.

  • 57'

    Mexico make a change. Moreno goes off and is replaced by Castro.

  • 56'

    Perez flaps at a corner but he gets away with it. All the pressure is on Mexico at the moment as Uruaguay attack.

  • 55'

    ESPN Stats & Info: On the last 20 occasions that Suarez has found the net in all competitions, he has finished on the winning side.

  • 54'

    Forlan's delivery is good from the freekick (when it eventually comes) and Lugano's header forces Perez to make a good save.

  • 53'

    Forlan takes his time over a freekick and Blanco is tapping his imaginary watch.

  • 52'

    South Africa have just hit the post in the other game in Group A

  • 51'

    Giovanni races into the box but slips as he is about to pass the ball to Franco.

  • 50'

    Having said that, Cavani breaks for Uruguay, but his shot is tame and dribbles through to the goalkeeper.

  • 49'

    Mexico look eager to get on with things. Rodriguez ran to get the ball for a throw in and it is El Tri who are on the front foot.

  • 48'

    Giovanni probes the right, cuts inside and shoots. But his effort is blocked by a defender.

  • 47'

    Uruguay celebrate their first goal

  • 47'

    Blanco has the first shot of the half. Curling a freekick around the wall but straight into the arms of Muslera.

  • 46'

    Uruguay get us underway for the second-half. No changes to either side.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Luis Suarez has now scored 53 goals in 60 appearances for club and country this season.

  • 45'

    If the permutations of who can go through are all getting a bit too much, have a quick look at Dale Johnson's excellent guide to how each team can qualify in the final round of matches.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: When conceding the first goal, Mexico have won 3, lost 18 and drawn 6 in World Cup matches.

  • 45'

    Mexico have seen plenty of the ball but Uruguay created the better chances and have had eight shots to El Tri's three.

  • 45'

    As it stands, the goal difference is now only +2 to Mexico over South Africa. That could all change in the second half.

  • 45'

    The Mexico players might be a bit worried when they see the score from the other game. South Africa lead 2-0 and France only have ten men.

  • 45'

    That's it for the first-half. The ref blows for half-time.

  • 44'

    Mexico are now level with South Africa on points. If Uruguay score one more and South Africa score one more then the hosts will go through, not Mexico.

  • 44'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Teams passing in the final third thus far: Mexico 61.7% Uruguay 68.8%. World Cup average has been 63.5%.

  • 43'

    Cavani whipped in a cross from the right. Suarez headed in at the far post, from about 10-yards out.

  • 42'

    GOAL Suarez has headed in for Uruguay.

  • 41'

    Blanco has found his running shoes at last and has just chased the ball down to win possession for Mexico.

  • 40'

    Salcido and Guardado combine on the left. Franco has the chance to shoot but fires his effort well over the bar.

  • 39'

    Guillermo Franco is denied.

  • 38'

    Some good passing from Mexico. Torrado fires a pass up to Franco, who turns but is tackled by Lugano.

  • 37'

    Salcido is being given space on the left flank for Mexico but he just can't provide any good crosses.

  • 36'

    South Africa have scored another against France. 2-0 now.

  • 35'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Suarez has had the fewest touches (10) of any outfield player and has only received three passes.

  • 34'

    Perez has blood coming from a cut above his eye and has to leave the pitch to get some treatment.

  • 33'

    Guardado makes a brave header to keep Mexico in possession.

  • 32'

    Suarez and then Forlan are rebuffed by the Mexico defence. No way through for Uruguay as yet.

  • 31'

    Salcido jinks this way and that on the left flank. He gets space to whip in a cross but it is a poor one.

  • 30'

    Mexico are edging the possession stats now after a slow start. They have had good chances to score but not taken any of them.

  • 29'

    Giovanni rushes towards goal but takes an age to get his shot away, allowing the defender time to recover and make the tackle.

  • 28'

    Blanco is looking very old and slow at the moment. He just falls over, trying to get a freekick, every time he gets the ball.

  • 27'

    Giovanni wrestles with Lugano in the box. They both hit the floor but the ref gives a goalkick.

  • 25'

    Gourcuff has been sent off for France in the other Group A game.

  • 24'

    It has all been a bit scrappy for the past few minutes.

  • 22'

    Forlan fires a cross into the box and Perez has to rush off his line to punch the ball away.

  • 21'

    Guardado looks up and attempts a long-range effort from 30-yards plus and hits the crossbar. What a shot!

  • 20'

    In the other game in Group A, South Africa have taken a 1-0 lead against France.

  • 19'

    Moreno nearly gets his head to the corner but is called for foul on Lugano.

  • 18'

    Giovanni and Guardado combine down the left to win a corner for Mexico.

  • 17'

    Forlan whips in a corner and Victorino heads over from about 10-yards out. He should have hit the target with his stooping header.

  • 16'

    Right-back Fucile is pushed right down the pitch as Uruguay go on the attack. Salcido cuts out the cross when it eventually comes in.

  • 15'

    Guillermo Franco challenges Jorge Fucile of Uruguay.

  • 14'

    Franco races onto a lofted pass into the box but takes a fresh air shot when he finally manages to 'race' onto the pass. A good chance wasted.

  • 13'

    Blanco playas a great ball to Franco, who is taken out on the edge of the box. Amazingly the ref waves play on.

  • 12'

    Forlan wins a freekick 22-yards out. He curls it in himself and Perez rushes off his line to make a good punch clear.

  • 11'

    Mexico goalkeeper Perez in nearly caught in possession and slices his clearance. Suarez shoots and forces the keeper to make a save.

  • 10'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Mexico have won just one of their nine World Cup encounters against South American opposition, losing six of these matches.

  • 9'

    The Mexico fans are making themselves heard above the vuvuzelas, as they have in their previous two matches.

  • 8'

    Salcido fires in a cross. Lugano turns it behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.

  • 7'

    Guardado picks up the ball in his own half and rides two fouls to break out before a third foul brings him down. Great work by the winger.

  • 6'

    Suarez beats the offside trap and races at goal. He shoots from the right and his effort goes just wide of the far post. He should have done better.

  • 5'

    Pereira shoots from a free-kick 30-yards out and misses the target. Has he not been watching this World Cup?

  • 5'

    ESPN Stats & Info: This is the 18th match between these two teams. Mexico have won seven, Uruguay have won three and there have been seven draws.

  • 4'

    Rodriguez lofts the ball over the Uruguay defence. Franco brings the ball under control in the box... the flag is up for offside.

  • 3'

    Osorio has his pocket picked by Suarez but the ref blows for a foul. He was lucky there, it was never a foul.

  • 2'

    It's backheel-tastic from Mexico at the moment. Franco starting a spate of them.

  • 1'

    Mexico get the game underway, kicking from left to right. Mexico fire off an early speculative shot that gets nowhere near the goal.


    A draw will send both teams through, but Mexico need a win if they want to top the group and avoid meeting Argentina in the next round.


    ESPN Stats & Info: With their starts today, Rafael Marquez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco have equaled Antonio Carbajal's all-time Mexican record of 11 World Cup appearances.


    Now it is the turn of Uruguay, with a very uplifting number.


    The teams are out on the pitch and the anthems are belting out. Mexico's players and fans look very proud.


    On this occasion, a draw will be enough to send both Mexico and Uruguay through, at the expense of South Africa and France.


    Stat Attack: Mexico have progressed from the group phrase in the last five World Cups that they have competed in (1986, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006).


    Uruguay make a change at centre-back. Out goes Victorino and in comes Diego Godin, of Spanish side Villarreal.


    The teams are in. The only change for Mexico is that the veteran Blanco replaces Carlos Vela, who suffered a hamstring injury in the last match.


    Join us at 1400 GMT to see whether Mexico or Uruguay finish top of Group A.



Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Mexico

  • 11(2)

  • 18

  • 20

  • 59%


  • Uruguay

  • 15(5)

  • 14

  • 13

Match Stats

  • Mexico
  • Uruguay
11(2) Shots (on goal) 15(5)
20 Fouls 13
6 Corner kicks 7
2 Offsides 0
59% Time of Possession 41%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 2

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