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On 10 July 2010, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Germany defeated Uruguay by 3–2 to claim third place at the World Cup for the second successive time after also finishing third at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Bastian Schweinsteiger managed to take a shot towards the goal, which Muslera rebounded towards Thomas Müller who scored. Uruguay forced their way back into the game after Luis Suárez's pass put Edinson Cavani through on the left and he slid low into the far corner to put them on level terms after 28 minutes. Diego Forlán then put them ahead in the second half with a beautiful backheel kick from the edge of the penalty box while goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt just stood there hopelessly after 51 minutes. Marcell Jansen then scored on 56 minutes after Muslera came for Jérôme Boateng's cross but missed it right in front of Jansen allowing him to head into an empty net. Mesut Ozil took a corner in the 82nd minute, which reached a German player, bounced off him and went up to Khedira's head, who headed it in. Uruguay almost forced extra time when Forlán curled a 92nd-minute free-kick onto the bar, but Germany held on to win the match. After the game, Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez insisted that his side did not deserve to be on the losing side, "We achieved an equal game against a real power, we could have won because in the game [they] were not superior to us, "We're not that far away [from Germany's level], the route has been marked, we must learn from this".

10 July 2010
20:30
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Attendance: 36,254
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)
Cavani Soccerball 28'
Forlán Soccerball 51'
Report Müller Soccerball 19'
Jansen Soccerball 56'
Khedira Soccerball 82'
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Germany
GK 1 Fernando Muslera
RB 4 Jorge Fucile
CB 2 Diego Lugano (c)
CB 3 Diego Godín
LB 22Martín Cáceres
CM 15Diego Pérez Yellow card 61' Sub off 77'
CM 17Egidio Arévalo
RW 16Maxi Pereira
LW 7 Edinson Cavani Sub off 88'
CF 9 Luis Suárez
CF 10Diego Forlán
Substitutions:
MF 5 Walter Gargano Sub on 77'
FW 13Sebastián Abreu Sub on 88'
Manager:
Óscar Tabárez
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GK 22Hans-Jörg Butt
RB 20Jérôme Boateng
CB 3 Arne Friedrich Yellow card 90+2'
CB 17Per Mertesacker
LB 4 Dennis Aogo Yellow card 5'
DM 6 Sami Khedira
DM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger (c)
RW 13Thomas Müller
AM 8 Mesut Özil Sub off 90+1'
LW 2 Marcell Jansen Sub off 81'
CF 19Cacau Yellow card 7' Sub off 73'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Stefan Kießling Sub on 73'
MF 18Toni Kroos Sub on 81'
DF 5 Serdar Tasci Sub on 90+1'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Thomas Müller (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Héctor Vergara (Canada)
Marvin Cesar Torrentera Rivera (Mexico)
Fourth official:
Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
Fifth official:
José Luis Camargo (Mexico)

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