Despite their imperious form in the competition, Germany will have to settle for fighting out for a 3rd place finish at South Africa 2010. Their opponents Uruguay were one of the surprise packages at the tournament and will be hoping to finish their World Cup on a high by winning this game and achieving their country’s best World Cup finish in over 50 years.
They certainly played the most attractive football at the tournament, scoring goals and playing with style. But in the semi-final, Germany came up against a Spain team whose clever passing and intricate movement off the ball was just too much for this young team to handle. The good news for German fans these blossoming players will have many more tournaments together to fine-tune their skills and a period of German dominance in soccer looks highly likely given how well their young team performed in South Africa.
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Germany vs Uruguay Odds:
Germany Wins 3rd Place (+229)
Uruguay Wins 3rd Place (-259)
Bastian Schweinsteiger is the man Germany go to for inspiration on the field and against Uruguay it will be no different. Certainly Schweinsteiger will have his work cut out for him against Uruguay, as the South Americans play a tight midfield four, each very strong on the ball and well capable of winning the ball back from the opposition. Expect the Bayern Munich man to play a deeper role than in previous World Cup games to allow him to receive short passes from the defenders, controlling the tempo and attempting to bypass that strong Uruguayan midfield. Helping Schweinsteiger in trying to break through Uruguay will be Thomas Mueller who returns from suspension to take part in his team’s final game at the tournament.
Miroslav Klose will be an interesting player to watch in this one. The striker needs just one more goal to become equal record goal scorer in the history of World Cup competition.
Uruguay’s star player during South Africa 2010 has undoubtedly been Diego Forlan. The Atletico Madrid man has led the South American team’s forward line with supreme authority, scoring spectacular goals and setting up opportunities for his team-mates. Unfortunately for Uruguay, their top goal-scorer Forlan sustained an injury in their semi-finals clash with Holland remains a big doubt for this 3rd place play-off.
Luis Suarez will return to the Uruguayan line-up for this one after his suspension for his sending off against Ghana. The Ajax man has performed well later in the tournament and netted three goals, after a shaky start in Uruguay’s first two group games. Also returning from suspension to face Germany will be Jorge Fucile. The left back has been a revelation during South Africa 2010 and his return will give his team a huge boost, especially as they will rely on his experience at the back to repel a very strong Germany attack.
These 3rd place play-off games can often have an exhibition match feel to them, but neither of these teams are likely to settle for anything less than winning this game and getting 3rd place in the World Cup, despite their disappointment at missing out on the big occasion. Germany are the clear favorites for this game. Their attack has the speed and the directness to take Uruguay’s defense apart, just as they did to Argentina and England in previous knockout rounds. Joachim Loew’s team will be looking to finish the tournament in style and Uruguay are likely to be outplayed by the sheer speed and movement of this young attacking side.
Germany vs Uruguay Prediction: Germany 3 – 1 Uruguay.
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