• Date: Wed 16 June 2010
  • Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
  • Ref: Busacca, M
  • Attendance: 51,000
0 - 3


Forlan (24)

Forlan (80)P

Pereira (90)

South Africa vs Uruguay

Team Lineups

South Africa

Itumeleng Khune
Siboniso Gaxa
Tsepo Masilela
Aaron Mokoena
Bongani Khumalo
Siphiwe Tshabalala
Steven Pienaar (Moeneeb Josephs, 79)
Teko Modise
Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Surprise Moriri, 57)
Kagisho Dikgacoi
Katlego Mphela


Fernando Nestor Muslera
Diego Moreno Lugano
Diego Roberto Godin
Jorge Fucile (Alvaro Fernandez, A, 71)
Alvaro Barragan Pereira
Diego Perez Ruso (Walter Gargano, 90)
Maximiliano Victor Pereira
Egidio Arevalo Rios
Edinson Cavani (Sebastian Fernandez, 90)
Luis Suarez
Diego Forlan

Match Report
Uruguay have one foot in the last 16 of the World Cup after beating hosts South Africa 3-0 in Pretoria thanks to the impressive Diego Forlan's brace and a last-gasp Alvaro Pereira goal. Forlan gave the South American side the lead midway through the first half with a 30-yard effort that took a slight deflection as the ball dipped over Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and into the back of the net off the underside of the bar. The former Manchester United and Villarreal striker made the game safe with a second goal from the penalty spot after Khune, who was sent off, had tripped the lively Luis Suarez before Alvaro Pereira added a late third. In truth, Uruguay deserved to win by three goals as they had far too much guile, spirit and invention for South Africa who are now facing the real prospect of being knocked out of the tournament they are hosting at the group stage. Uruguay had the edge in all departments although South Africa had the first attempt on goal when Siphiwe Tshabalala, scorer of a superb goal against Mexico, tried his luck again but this time his effort was way too high. Jorge Fucile fired a shot wide for Uruguay who took the lead in the 24th minute What appeared to be a speculative Forlan strike seemed to going way over the bar, but a deflection caused it to dip and completely deceive the stranded Khune. Suarez almost added a second goal from a tight angle in the 33rd minute only to shoot into the side-netting as Uruguay continued to dominate the first half. There was very little for the home fans to enthuse about as their team was distinctly second-best throughout the game and Uruguay's dominance continued at the start of the second half. Suarez eased past Aaron Mokoena and pulled the back from the byline for Edinson Cavani who couldn't turn the ball goalwards. Suarez then appeared to have been felled inside the area but the referee waved play on and, in the 54th minute, the outstanding Forlan's free-kick found the unmarked Diego Lugano who contrived to let the ball hit him on the back of the neck when any sort of proper contact would surely have resulted in a goal. In the 68th minute Cavani failed to get a good connection on another Forlan cross as yet another chance went begging but Uruguay finally made the game safe in the closing stages. Khune was quite rightly sent off when Suarez went down after being caught by the outstretched boot of the goalkeeper and, after a four-minute delay Forlan beat substitute goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs. With virtually last kick of the game, after great work by Forlan and Suarez, Alvaro Pereira had the simple task of forcing the ball home to put the seal on Uruguay's dominance.
Live Text Commentary
Full time



SOUTH AFRICA 0-3 URUGUAY. Forlan plays the ball out wide to Suarez who chips the ball over Josephs allowing PEREIRA to make it three.


Forlan almost completes his hat-trick only to be denied by Bongani Khumalo's last-ditch tackle.


Uruguay are playing down the clock as Diego Perez Ruso is replaced by Walter Gargano. Five minutes of stoppage time to be played.


A second change by Uruguay as Cavani makes way for Sebastian Fernandez.


Cavani tries to add a third goal but his weak effort is gathered by Josephs.


Such has been Uruguay's dominance they deserve to be even further ahead.


South Africa try to hit back but I'm afraid it's a lost cause.


Uruguay deserve their two-goal lead. They've been far better than the hosts and Forlan has been their best player.


SOUTH AFRICA 0-2 URUGUAY. Four minutes after the penalty was awarded FORLAN lofts the ball past Josephs and into the back of the net. Game over!


After a long delay Parreiria opts to bring on Moeneeb Josephs for Pienaar.

Red Card

The South Africa goalkeeper is off. The Uruguay striker fell after being tripped by the outstretched boot of Khune.


Penalty to Uruguay as Khune brings Suarez down.


Uruguay are sitting back and letting South Africa come at them which they may regret.


Bafana Bafana are enjoying their best spell of the game but a corner is hit too deep and another chance is wasted.


South Africa waste a free-kick from a good position as the ball is cut out by the first man.


Alvaro Fernandez is the man assigned to replace the unfortunate Fucile.


Fucile will have to be replaced as he limps off the pitch.


Cavani fails to get a good connection on Forlan's cross as yet another Uruguay chance goes begging.


Having said that South Africa almost score as Mphela heads a cross wide while Fernando Muslera does his best to put him off.


South Africa are persevering with just one player in attack but it simply isn't working.


The match is following a very similar pattern to the Chile v Honduras game earlier today when the South American outfit were by far the superior side but only had one goal to show for all their dominance.


Bafana Bafana try to launch a swift counter-attack but yet again the Uruguayans snuff out any danger with few alarms.


Uruguay simply have too much guile, spirit and invention than South Africa, although Spain could have said the same when they were playing Switzerland earlier today.


Reneilwe Letsholonyane makes way for Surprise Moriri.


Carlos Alberto Parreira looks set to make a much-needed change to his struggling team.


Uruguay deserve to be at least two goals ahead. South Africa have been very poor so far.


Another free-kick is whipped in by Forlan. It finds the unmarked Diego Lugano who contrives to let the ball hit him on the back of the neck when any sort of proper contact would surely have resulted in a goal.


Suarez appears to have been felled inside the area but the referee waves play on. There's only been one penalty awarded so far in the tournament but that should surely have been the second.


Suarez wins another free-kick that Forlan whips in but no-one can get on the end of the dangerous cross.


Suarez skins Aaron Mokoena and pulls the back from the byline but Edinson Cavani can't turn the ball goalwards.


No changes by either coach at the interval.

Second half

Uruguay start the second half after producing a dominant first-half display.

Half time


Yellow Card

A bad challenge by Kagisho Dikgacoi on Suarez earns the South Africa player his second yellow card of the tournament. He'll miss next Tuesday's match against France.


There's very little for the home fans to enthuse about. Their team is distinctly second-best so far.


Better by Bafana Bafana as lone striker Katlego Mphela heads wide of the target.


Forlan is starting to warm to his role spraying passes to team-mates all over the pitch.


There's no sign of Uruguay loosening their grip on the game but they could do with a second goal.


Not this time though as Uruguay defend it with some ease.


Better by South Africa as they win a corner after a rare attack. Maybe set-pieces could their best bet for a goal.


It's almost 2-0 as Suarez fires into the side-netting from a tight angle.


Uruguay have the edge in all departments. There's a real danger at this stage that the hosts could be going out before the knockout rounds.


It's proving to be a good day for the South American teams following Chile's impressive showing earlier.


It will take something special for South Africa to get back into this game as Uruguay look to be the better team in the opening stages.


It looked as though Forlan's shot was going way over the bar, but the deflection caused it to dip and completely deceive the stranded Khune.


SOUTH AFRICA 0-1 URUGUAY. What appears to be a speculative FORLAN strike from 30 yards out takes a slight deflection which leads to the ball dipping over Khune and into the net off the underside of the bar.


There's still not been a clear-cut opening although Suarez warms Itumeleng Khune's palms with a stinging long-range drive.


Forlan is not really having any great bearing on the game in his deeper role.


Uruguay clear the lofted free-kick away with some difficulty but there are signs that South Africa are starting to get on top.


South Africa are working their way into the match as Teko Modise wins a free-kick in a dangerous position.


Tshabalala is getting a bit carried away as he lifts another shot off target when Pienaar was screaming for a pass.


Fucile's long throw causes some consternation in the South Africa defence until the ball is eventually cleared.


Siphiwe Tshabalala, scorer of that superb goal against Mexico, tries his luck again but this time his effort is way too high.


It's all got a bit aimless with too many misplaced passes.


South Africa have started the game very poorly, as they did five days ago against Mexico.


Bafana Bafana can't get out of their own half as Uruguay keep them penned back deep in their own territory.


Jorge Fucile fires a shot wide but Uruguay have started the match very well.


When the kick is eventually taken, Forlan fires it straight into the wall.

Yellow Card

Steven Pienaar is booked for charging out of the South African wall too early as Forlan lines up a free-kick.


The South Americans survive a goalmouth scramble as South Africa pile players forward.


Uruguay have made the brighter start although South Africa are awarded two free-kicks in quick succession.


A win for either side this evening would really put the pressure on France and Mexico who play tomorrow.


We're off and running in Pretoria as Bafana Bafana get this crucial encounter underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Uruguay start with Edinson Cavani in attack alongside Luis Suarez, while Diego Forlan will play just behind the strike duo. Jorge Fucile plays on the right side of defence with Mauricio Victorino and Ignacio Gonzalez dropping out of the starting 11.

Awaiting Kickoff

Bafana Bafana have made one change with Tsepo Masilela starting at left-back rather than Lucas Thwala, who he replaced at half-time against Mexico.

Awaiting Kickoff

This game marks the start of the second round of fixtures. On the opening day of this summer's tournament, South Africa drew 1-1 with Mexico while Uruguay ground out a grim goalless draw with France.

Awaiting Kickoff

There are signs that this World Cup is finally taking off after Chile's entertaining victory against Honduras and Switzerland's amazing success over Spain. Hopefully South Africa and Uruguay will continue that upbeat theme this evening.