4th Time Bronze

2010-07-10 21:41

Germany cemented its status as World Cup bridesmaids when they

defeated Uruguay to finish third for the fourth time in its history.

This equals the number of its second-place finishes and is one less

of its record three victories.

Not many people remember who came third and fourth at any World Cup

but tonight’s encounter left an indelible mark as it featured the two nations

that had lifted the cup before.

That it featured a core of rising talent that impressed throughout

the event will further remain etched in the memory every time the likes of

Thomas Müller, Mesut

Özil and Luis Suárez line up in future big stage

events.

The Germans’ comeback in the second half also reminded the

spectators about their goal-scoring exploits with Müller, Marcell Jansen and

Sami Khedira all increasing Der Mannschaft’s tally to 16 in seven matches.

This is despite a number of changes that the Europeans made to

their starting list last night, that also saw marksman Miroslav Klose being

benched when he was expected to make a final bid to equal an all-time tournament

goalscoring record.

As for Mueller and Uruguay’s scorer of their opening goal, Diego

Forlán, it was crucial for them to be on the scoresheet as they equalled the

five-goal margin of the leading Golden Boot contenders.

Müller and Forlán stand in line to ascend the podium when the

individuals are rewarded at the conclusion of the tournament tomorrow.

While many would consider the encounter as just a form of

consolation for the two defeated semifinalists, the result confirmed Germany’s

stranglehold of the third-place in Fifa World Cup clashes.

Müller’s performances tonight also reaffirmed his status as

favourite to go home with the tournament’s Best Young Player award.

Without any rigid plans, the two coaches – Joachim Loew of Germany

and Uruguay’s Oscar Tabarez – opted for a more flowing game and the goals poured

more than tonight’s drizzle.

Both nations made a huge impression, particularly the Germans who

were the bookmakers’ bet to win a fourth title before their unexpected 1-0

defeat to Spain in the last four.

Loew’s men were worthy winners as they finished third for the

second time running.

Uruguay’s road this far was made special by the fact that they had

not reached a semifinal since 1970.


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