Saturday, July 10, 2010

Germany eye third ahead of Uruguay match

Two-time winners Uruguay and three-time champions Germany clash inPort Elizabeth on Saturday in a match that neither side wanted to be contesting - the playoff to decide third place.

Both coaches, Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay and Germany's Joachim Löw will have a job on their hands to rouse their players for one last effort after losing their semi-finals to the Netherlands and Spain respectively.

The Uruguayans have an advantage in that they will have had an extra day to absorb their disappointment, and 63-year-old Tabarez is known to be a shrewd motivator of men.

He has already been firm in his resolve following the 3-2 defeat by the Dutch that they would put aside the loss and aim to finish third, going one better than their performance in 1970.

"To use a term that is common in the team -- we have to bury this match and get over our sorrow," said Tabarez, in his second spell in charge having guided Uruguay to the last 16 in 1990.

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