Uruguay thrash hosts South Africa 3-0

Uruguay managed to quieten the vuvuzelas tonight, for a few short moments at least, when they scored three goals to defeat host nations South Africa 3-0 in their Group A clash of the 2010 World Cup at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

Two goals to Diego Forlan and a third from Alvaro Pereira paved the way for the South Americans to go top of Group A with 4 points.

Uruguay outplayed South Africa and the 3 goal deficit has them nicely placed to entertain a place in the next round.

The host nation struggled to find their opening night form and were not able to get through a very tight Uruguayan defence.

South Africa face an uphill battle to stay in the tournament after tonight’s heavy loss.

First Half
Uruguay were well served by Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez in the first half with Forlan proving a thorn in the African’s side.

The South Americans were intent on going forward at every opportunity and they employed a must win mentality that became a handful for South Africa.

Early in the game Siphiwe Tshabalala, who scored South Africa’s goal in the opener against Mexico, found himself around goal a couple of times and took the selfish shooting option when team mates were in better position.

The Uruguayans were on the offensive when a cracking shot by Suarez was foiled by the African keeper and it was not long before Uruguay had their opener.

On 24 minutes Diego Forlan took the opportunity to let one rip from long range and the resultant strike deflected off a defender to go up and over the hapless keeper and thundered into the back of the net for a quality goal.

South Africa applied little goal mouth pressure and Uruguay was in control up until the break.

Half-time Uruguay had a well earned 1-0 lead.

First half rating (Out of 5): South Africa 3 – Uruguay 3.5

Second Half
The second half was again controlled by Uruguay and South Africa struggled to get into their opponents section of the ground.

The hosts only realistic chance of the half came by way of Mphela but all he could do was push his header wide.

South Africa was broken on 80 minutes when their keeper Khune was red carded for his tackle on Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan stepped up to smash the penalty home and a 2-0 lead to Uruguay.

Alvaro Pereira added another goal ten minutes later and it was a 3-0 victory to Uruguay.

Second Half rating (Out of 5): South Africa 2.5 – Uruguay 3.5

Final Score

South Africa 0 – 3 Uruguay

24m Deigo Forlan (Uru)
80m Deigo Forlan (Uru)
90m Alvaro Pereira (Uru)

06m Steven Pienaar (Saf)
42m Kagisho Dikgacoi (Saf)
76m Itumeleng Khune (Saf)

South Africa Starting 11
Itumeleng Khune, Siboniso Gaxa, Aaron Mokoena, Bongani Khumalo, Tsepo Masilela, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Renielwe Letsholonyane, Teko Modise, Steven Pienaar, Katlego Mphela

57m Surprise Moriri for Renielwe Letsholonyane
79m Moneeb Josephs for Steven Pienaar

Uruguay Starting 11
Nestor Muslera, Maximiliano Pereira, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Jorge Fucile, Egidio Arevalo, Diego Perez, Alvaro Pereira, Diego Forlan, Edison Cavani, Luiz Suarez

71m Alvaro Fernández for Jorge Fucile
89m Sebastian Fernandez for Edison Cavani
90m Walter Gargano for Diego Pérez

Team Game Rating (out of 10): South Africa 5.5 – Uruguay 7.0

Match Thoughts

South Africa had a crack but they were completely outplayed by the experienced South Americans and were not as adventurous as the team that drew 1-1 with Mexico on opening night.

Players were guilty of playing for themselves and not the team and in a World Cup competition where the best team is declared the winner, South Africa need to get back to basics for their next match against France.

Uruguay continued on from their good effort against France but this time they were more damaging and Forlan and Suarez up forward gave Uruguay a potency that South Africa was not able to nullify. The South Americans are in good position now to advance to the next stage.

Filed Under: 2010 World Cup