Sunday, July 11, 2010

Germany round off World Cup with win

A header eight minutes from time by Sami Khedira allowed Germany to snatch third place at the World Cup as the three-times champions secured a 3-2 win over Uruguay on Saturday.

The Stuttgart midfielder rose to nod the ball beyond Fernando Muslera after
Uruguay failed to clear a late corner, while Diego Forlan came inches away from a dramatic equaliser with an injury-time free-kick that struck the crossbar.

Forlan rounded off an impressive individual showing at the tournament with a brilliantly taken volley to give Uruguay a 2-1 lead early in the second period, only for Marcell Jansen to restore parity moments later.

"We came back after going behind – I think that shows the strength of character of this team," said German captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. "We had great fun playing at this World Cup. Of course you think about what happened. But I'll be looking to the future – there are still a lot of things to win."

"We wanted to win, we wanted to do something for all our fans," said match winner Khedira.

"The last game is important because it decides with what kind of feeling you go home," said German coach Joachim Löw. "I think we're going home with pride."

Thomas Müller had put Germany in front in the 19th minute, but Edinson Cavanidrew Uruguay level in the 28th minute.

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