Uruguay vs. Germany, third-place game
Date and location
Saturday, July 10, Port Elizabeth Stadium, Port Elizabeth
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What's at stake
Consolation for a vanquished semifinalist, as the winner takes third place at the World Cup. Germany is in its second straight third-place match at the World Cup, as it beat Portugal for third place in 2006, while a Uruguay victory will give La Celeste its highest finish at the tournament since it won the title in 1950.
Player to watch for Uruguay
Luis Suarez — Already a folk hero in his country — and a villain practically everywhere else — for his infamous "Hand of God II" handball in the quarter-final against Ghana, Suarez has a chance to remind everyone that he has been one of the most dangerous strikers of the tournament. He scored three goals for Uruguay before he was suspended for the semifinal due to the red card he picked up for the aforementioned handball, and is crucial to La Celeste's plans against Germany as the dangerous Diego Forlan could be struggling with a thigh injury.
Player to watch for Germany
Miroslav Klose — German fans everywhere, including many neutrals, are probably praying that the reliable 32-year-old veteran striker is fit enough to play in what will likely be his last match at a World Cup. And not just for nostalgic purposes either — with four goals in the tournament, Klose has a chance to match or overtake David Villa and Wesley Sneijder for the Golden Boot lead. Most important though, Klose is one goal away from tying Brazilian great Ronaldo for the all-time World Cup scoring lead (15).
Matchup to watch
Suarez vs. Thomas Mueller — Both are very dangerous strikers for their sides. Suarez has three goals and Mueller's four are one away from a tie for the Golden Boot lead. And in a coincidence, both are coming off suspensions in the semifinal. The striker who makes the biggest impact on his return may be the one who lifts his side to third place in the World Cup, given the injury trouble to key offensive players on both sides.
Golden Ball nominee Diego Forlan was struggling with a thigh injury he picked up in the semifinal, but has been deemed fit to play for Uruguay. The striker has four goals in the tournament and has been the talisman for his team all the way through the World Cup. Captain and key centre back Diego Lugano will be out of the lineup again due to a knee problem. He also missed the semifinal against the Netherlands.
German striker Miroslav Klose is trying to fight through a back problem in order to be fit enough to try and tie or break Ronaldo's scoring record, but there's a serious chance he could miss the match. Captain Philipp Lahm and striker Lukas Podolski will likely be fit, despite contracting a virus that has kept coach Joachim Loew bedridden.
The Uruguayan perspective
"This will be a difficult game, but we'll go into it with the same attitude and commitment that we showed against the Netherlands. There's no guarantee of winning, we're preparing to do everything we can to clinch third place at the World Cup for Uruguay. However, I know Germany will make it very difficult for us, so we'll have to fight to our last breath if we want to win." — coach Oscar Tabarez
The German perspective
"Obviously, we now have to get over our disappointment, lift the players' spirits and prepare for this game just as seriously as we would any other. We want to finish the World Cup on an upbeat note because, despite losing the semifinal, we've had a very good tournament. I'm really proud of my team." — coach Joachim Loew
World Cup head-to-head
Uruguay played West Germany three times in past World Cup tournaments.
West Germany and Uruguay contested a third-place match back in 1970, the last time that the Uruguayans were in the semifinals. West Germany, after succumbing to Italy during the semifinals in arguably the greatest World Cup match ever, bounced back to beat Uruguay 1-0 to take third place, with midfielder Wolfgang Overath scoring the winner in the 26th minute.
The West Germans hammered Uruguay in the 1966 quarter-finals, winning 4-0 with goals from Helmut Haller (who had two), Uwe Seeler and the great Franz Beckenbauer.
The two sides played to a 1-1 draw in the group phase of the 1986 tournament.