Third Place Play-off Recap: Germany edge Uruguay to claim third place
Sami Khedira's 82nd-minute header earned Germany a 3-2 victory in an exciting and rain-soaked 2010 World Cup Third Place play-off match.
The 23-year-old 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 equalizer with an injury-time free-kick that struck the crossbar.
Forlan rounded off an impressive individual showing 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.
Thomas Mueller had put Germany in front in the 19th minute, but Edinson Cavani drew Uruguay level in the 28th minute.
Mueller and Forlan's goals took them level with Spain's David Villa and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder in the race for the Golden Boot with five strikes apiece.
The young German will finish as the tournament's official top scorer if Villa and Sneijder both fail to score in the final, since assists are taken into account in case of a tie, and he has supplied three to his rivals' one each.
Miroslav Klose's hopes of matching Ronaldo's record of 15 World Cup finals goals were dashed after a back injury saw him relegated to the German bench by coach Joachim Loew alongside captain Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Uruguay looked to take advantage of lethargy in the German ranks in the second period, with Germany goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt regularly called into action.
He pulled off a fine double save to repel Cavani and then Luis Suarez, but was then beaten by an acrobatic volley from Forlan that flew inside the right-hand post.
Jansen drew Germany level in the 56th minute, when he capitalized on a sudden charge from Muslera to nod in Jerome Boateng's right-wing cross.
Suarez povoked a flying save from Butt with an ambitious effort and the veteran also had to dash from his line to deny Forlan.
German substitute Stefan Kiessling smashed a shot straight at Muslera following a bewitching stepover on the edge of the box, before Khedira set the seal on a memorable tournament for Joachim Loew's young team.
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