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  • Date:22 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  • Attendance:33,425
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94mins

Outswinging corner taken by Diego Forlan from the right by-line, save by Oscar Perez.

93mins

A cross is delivered by Diego Perez, clearance made by Pablo Barrera.

93mins

Unfair challenge on Jorge Fucile by Dos Santos Giovani results in a free kick. Andres Scotti restarts play with the free kick.

92mins

The ball is delivered by Dos Santos Giovani.

91mins

Effort on goal by Diego Perez from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

90mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Barrera on Andres Scotti. Nestor Fernando Muslera restarts play with the free kick.

89mins

Unfair challenge on Egidio Arevalo Rios by Pablo Barrera results in a free kick. Centre by Diego Forlan, Header on goal by Alvaro Fernandez from just inside the area goes over the target.

88mins

Diego Forlan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Carlos Salcido.

88mins

Edinson Cavani takes a shot. Save by Oscar Perez.

87mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Diego Lugano on Ricardo Osorio. Free kick taken by Oscar Perez.

86mins

Israel Castro concedes a free kick for a foul on Victorio Maxi Pereira. Israel Castro receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Diego Forlan from right wing.

85mins

Alvaro Fernandez comes on in place of Luis Suarez.

83mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Diego Forlan, free kick awarded for a foul by Diego Lugano on Guillermo Franco. Free kick taken by Oscar Perez.

83mins

The ball is crossed by Victorio Maxi Pereira, clearance by Pablo Barrera.

82mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Diego Perez by Israel Castro. Direct free kick taken by Mauricio Victorino.

78mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dos Santos Giovani from the right by-line.

78mins

Javier Hernandez is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

76mins

Andres Scotti replaces Alvaro Pereira.

76mins

Dos Santos Giovani delivers the ball, Diego Lugano gets a block in.

75mins

Pablo Barrera sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Francisco Rodriguez misses to the right of the target.

75mins

Dos Santos Giovani decides to take the corner short.

69mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edinson Cavani by Carlos Salcido. Mauricio Victorino takes the free kick.

68mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dos Santos Giovani by Jorge Fucile. Jorge Fucile is booked. Free kick taken by Dos Santos Giovani.

67mins

Diego Perez concedes a free kick for a foul on Dos Santos Giovani. Direct free kick taken by Dos Santos Giovani.

65mins

Pablo Barrera sends in a cross, Header from close in by Francisco Rodriguez misses to the left of the goal.

65mins

Short corner worked by Pablo Barrera.

63mins

Javier Hernandez on for Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

62mins

Diego Forlan concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Rodriguez. Free kick taken by Francisco Rodriguez.

61mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edinson Cavani by Francisco Rodriguez. Direct free kick taken by Diego Lugano.

59mins

Alvaro Pereira challenges Ricardo Osorio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ricardo Osorio restarts play with the free kick.

59mins

The ball is delivered by Luis Suarez, clearance by Ricardo Osorio.

57mins

Pablo Barrera produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

57mins

Israel Castro is brought on as a substitute for Hector Moreno.

57mins

Alvaro Pereira produces a cross.

56mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Diego Forlan, save by Oscar Perez.

55mins

Diego Forlan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Carlos Salcido.

55mins

Victorio Maxi Pereira takes a shot. Blocked by Ricardo Osorio.

54mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edinson Cavani by Carlos Salcido. Diego Forlan produces a cross, Diego Lugano takes a shot. Oscar Perez makes a save.

53mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Guillermo Franco. Nestor Fernando Muslera takes the indirect free kick.

53mins

Rafael Marquez takes a shot. Diego Lugano gets a block in.

50mins

Edinson Cavani produces a cross, Oscar Perez makes a comfortable save.

47mins

Diego Forlan produces a cross.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Diego Perez on Rafael Marquez. Cuauhtemoc Blanco has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

46mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan, Guillermo Franco makes a clearance.

46mins

(Mexico) makes a substitution, with Pablo Barrera coming on for Andres Guardado.

45mins

A cross is delivered by Guillermo Franco.

43mins

Luis Suarez scores a headed goal from close in. Mexico 0-1 Uruguay.Assist on the goal came from Edinson Cavani.

41mins

Shot by Carlos Salcido from outside the box goes over the net.

37mins

Foul by Cuauhtemoc Blanco on Jorge Fucile, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

34mins

Egidio Arevalo Rios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Marquez. Gerardo Torrado takes the direct free kick.

33mins

Carlos Salcido concedes a free kick for a foul on Edinson Cavani. Diego Lugano restarts play with the free kick.

32mins

Carlos Salcido sends in a cross, clearance by Diego Lugano.

31mins

The ball is sent over by Victorio Maxi Pereira.

30mins

Francisco Rodriguez challenges Alvaro Pereira unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mauricio Victorino.

28mins

Diego Lugano fouled by Dos Santos Giovani, the ref awards a free kick. Nestor Fernando Muslera takes the free kick.

27mins

Effort from outside the penalty area by Edinson Cavani goes wide left of the target.

26mins

Mauricio Victorino fouled by Guillermo Franco, the ref awards a free kick. Diego Lugano takes the direct free kick.

24mins

Mauricio Victorino concedes a free kick for a foul on Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Direct free kick taken by Gerardo Torrado.

22mins

Corner taken by Andres Guardado from the right by-line, clearance made by Mauricio Victorino.

22mins

Andres Guardado takes a shot.

21mins

Alvaro Pereira has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

20mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Cuauhtemoc Blanco from the left by-line, Hector Moreno gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jorge Fucile. Nestor Fernando Muslera takes the free kick.

18mins

Corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Mauricio Victorino goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

14mins

Edinson Cavani challenges Carlos Salcido unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Oscar Perez.

13mins

Foul by Guillermo Franco on Diego Forlan, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Diego Forlan from left channel, save by Oscar Perez.

12mins

Luis Suarez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Oscar Perez makes a comfortable save.

12mins

A cross is delivered by Diego Forlan.

9mins

Cuauhtemoc Blanco decides to take a short corner.

9mins

Carlos Salcido produces a cross, clearance by Diego Lugano.

9mins

Diego Perez challenges Cuauhtemoc Blanco unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Salcido.

7mins

A cross is delivered by Dos Santos Giovani.

6mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Luis Suarez misses to the left of the goal.

5mins

Unfair challenge on Egidio Arevalo Rios by Gerardo Torrado results in a free kick. Victorio Maxi Pereira shoots direct from the free kick.

5mins

Guillermo Franco is caught offside. Nestor Fernando Muslera takes the free kick.

3mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alvaro Pereira on Ricardo Osorio. Ricardo Osorio takes the direct free kick.

3mins

Cuauhtemoc Blanco gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victorio Maxi Pereira. Direct free kick taken by Victorio Maxi Pereira.

2mins

Long distance shot from Victorio Maxi Pereira misses to the left of the goal.

1mins

Rafael Marquez takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

The second half begins.

The referee calls an end to the first half.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

Match Preview

Aguirre will not settle for draw Mexico coach Javier Aguirre has stressed the importance of winning the Group A match against Uruguay and insists his side will not settle for a draw that would take both teams through. There are fears the two sides may play out a stalemate at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium - and dump rivals South Africa and France out of the competition in the process. FIFA stated last week they expect all 32 finalists in South Africa to play fairly and Aguirre is adamant his side will be going all out to win. "We're going to try and win," the El Tri boss said. "We can be first, second, third or even fourth in the group. "The law of the Mexican side is to win. If as a consequence of what happens on the pitch there's a draw or a defeat and we both qualify with no major goal differences, then we'll both be happy. "But I can guarantee the Mexican side is going to go out there to try and win." The Mexicans, who have a solid record at World Cups having reached the last 16 in four straight tournaments since 1994, also have the added incentive of avoiding a clash with Argentina in the second round if they can top the group. Aguirre continued: "My players are very relaxed and know they can be either first or second in the group. They know they have to be fully focussed because we still haven't achieved anything, so we have no reason to feel happy. "Mathematically we still don't have our ticket to the next round and we have to try and take those three points, so that we can achieve our aims for the first round." Aguirre's side have had an excellent tournament so far, drawing the opening match against the hosts 1-1, before easing past France 2-0. The coach believes their pre-tournament work is finally paying off. He added: "We've been working together now for about 75 days. Judging by the players' behaviour on and off the pitch, I think we're doing very well. "We're in good form. I don't have variables to measure the mood, the physical status and the footballing feeling of the team. "But all the games we've played together, I've seen huge enthusiasm, all with a will and wish to win. We lost against England and Holland but we've always been enthusiastic. "We've defended our style and our approach. Of course, we've made mistakes and we've paid a high price. I hope we don't make mistakes and have a perfect game and can win." Two players will definitely be out for Mexico - Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, who has a hamstring problem, and the suspended Efrain Juarez. "We are very sad about Vela, that's a concern," said Aguirre. "But I've got 21 players available and their all physically and mentally very strong." Oscar Tabarez is not worried about who his Uruguay team may play in the next round despite a potential South American derby against Argentina being on the cards. La Celeste are on the brink of securing a place in the last 16 and a point against Mexico will ensure their progress. It will also keep them in the number one position in Group A and help avoid a meeting with their continental neighbours, who are on course to top Group B. However, Tabarez said: "I'm not even thinking about future matches. It's not a question of wanting to play with this team or that other team and I'm certainly not praying to do that or lighting candles. "I've participated in prior World Cups and I know you have to come to a World Cup not thinking about this. We know which rivals we're going to have to play months in advance and all the possible permutations. "What we want to do is qualify for the next round and in addition we want to top the group if we can but not because we want to avoid Argentina. So I've certainly not stopped to think about this." As for those thinking the two countries may play out a deliberate draw that will render the South Africa-France clash meaningless. Tabarez added: "I think it's just lots of people being creative and also lacking respect for those of us, the players and the coaches, that are going to be playing in that match. "But people can talk for free, so let's just leave it there."

Formation:4321Manager: Javier Aguirre

Mexico

Formation: 4312Manager: Oscar Tabarez

Uruguay

  • Oscar Perez
  • Ricardo Osorio
  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Hector Moreno
  • Carlos Salcido
  • Gerardo Torrado
  • Rafael Marquez
  • Andres Guardado
  • Dos Santos Giovani
  • Cuauhtemoc Blanco
  • Guillermo Franco
  • SUBS
  • Francisco Ochoa
  • Pablo Barrera
  • Israel Castro
  • Paul Aguilar
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Jonny Magallon
  • Jorge Torres
  • Adolfo Bautista
  • Alberto Medina
  • Luis Michel

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Match Report

South Americans reign supreme A first-half goal from Luis Suarez was enough to help Uruguay secure top spot in Group A and progress into the last 16 of the World Cup after a close 1-0 victory over Mexico, who also qualified. The only goal came two minutes before half-time when Edinson Cavani's superbly floated cross allowed the Ajax striker to head in at the back post. With hosts South Africa unable to alter the goal difference too much in their 2-1 win over France, the result in Rustenburg also put the nervous Mexicans through. Their coach Javier Aguirre made two changes to his line-up, bringing in veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco for his first start in place of the injured Carlos Vela up front, while Andres Guardado was in for the suspended Efrain Juarez. Uruguay also made one surprise change, with Diego Godin dropping to bench in place of Mauricio Victorino. There was a buzz in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium at the start, with most of the noise coming from the fans in green, who outnumbered those in blue. But the Mexicans and their supporters were almost silenced early on. First Maxi Pereira saw his rising 30-yard free-kick fly over, and then an error from Hector Moreno allowed Suarez in but the striker only managed to send his shot across the face of goal. El Tri had a good chance moments later when Giovani dos Santos crossed for Blanco, but the 37-year-old headed over. After 15 minutes Victorino managed to find space from a corner but nodded his free header over, before Alvaro Pereira drilled his shot wide after racing down the left - much to the fury of the unmarked Diego Forlan in the box. Midway through the half, Guardado almost stunned Oscar Tabarez's side with a wicked 30-yard effort that beat Fernando Muslera, but not the underside of the crossbar. At the other end, Oscar Perez punched weakly at a Forlan cross, but there was no one following up at the back post. The chances seemed to dry up 15 minutes before the break, but then Suarez broke the deadlock. Aguirre decided to make a change at the break, bringing Pablo Barrera for Guardado. And his side had the first chance of the half courtesy of a Blanco free-kick 25-yards out that was curled into the arms of Muslera. Uruguay then almost doubled the advantage when Forlan swung over a free-kick from the right, but Diego Lugano's powerful header drew an excellent low save from Perez. In another attacking move, Israel Castro and Javier Hernandez were thrown in, but it was a defender, Francisco Rodriguez, that had a golden opportunity to equalise from Barrera's cross, which was a glanced header that ended up wide. Hernandez was next to have a chance, but it was only a half one as he found little room to try and get away a shot in the six-yard box, with the ball deflected for a corner. The Mexicans again had their goalkeeper Perez to thank in the 87th minute when he parried away and awkward 30-yard Cavani strike for a corner. It proved the last chance for either side as La Celeste held on.

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