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South Africa lose to Uruguay

Posted: 16 June 2010 Time: 22:30

Diego Forlan and his strike partner Luis Suarez produced sterling performances to help Uruguay beat Bafana Bafana 3-0 at the Loftus stadium on Wednesday night.

The South Americans were on the offensive from the start. Bafana skipper Aaron Mokoena's challenge on Luis Suarez, which appeared dubious, was a sign of bad things to come for Bafana. From the resultant set piece Steven Pienaar became the first player on the night to go into referee Massimo Busacca's book when 'Schillo' charged out early and stopped the shot with his hand, but a retake by Diego Forlan was blocked to safety by Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Suarez was back in the picture in the eighth minute when his shot went wide just to Itumeleng Khune's right, but it was too far off target.

The pressure game finally paid off for Forlan and company in the 24th minute when the former Manchester United striker's shot from on the edge of the box deflected Mokoena giving Khune no chance.

South Africa's half chance fell to Katlego Mphela in the 40th minute. Teko Modise put in a decent cross for ‘Killer', but the latter saw his header go over the bar.

For the better part of the first half Bafana failed to once break the Uruguayan defence and the La Celeste certainly deserved their 1-0 lead going into the break.

Uruguay continued where they left off in the first half. Suarez, the Ajax Amsterdam striker, weaved his way into the box in the 52nd minute and was brought down by Tsepo Masilela, but the referee waved play on, when it could easily have been a penalty. Aware of Uruguay's dominance Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira hauled off Reneilwe Letsholonyane and brought in Surprise Moriri.

However, the surprise was to be provided by the Uruguayans in the 76th minute when Suarez went down under a challenge from Khune and the referee pointed to the spot. The Kaizer Chiefs goalie received marching orders and Pienaar came off to make way for Moeneeb Josephs. Forlan stabbed home from the penalty spot to hand Uruguay a 2-0 lead and some Bafana supporters got off their seats to leave, but they missed the last goal for Uruguay.

In time added on Uruguay put the final nail in the coffin. Forlan played an inch perfect pass to Suarez out wide on the right and Suarez's cross lobbed Josephs for Alvaro Pereira to head into an empty net and 3-0 it finished.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:33 pm
Nigeria 0 Argentina 1; South Africa 0 Uruguay 3. The difference is no doubt clear. South Africa is on the verge of a first round elimination. If this happens, this will be the first time for a host country. Not even the USA (though not known for football as at 1994) could create such an unenviable record. South Africans should stop making noise and drawing unnecessary comparisons.
Super Green
posted: 10:34 pm
Teko Modise is useless he has not had a good game for Bafana since well before last years Confederation Cup. I blame him for giving us nothing in the midfield.
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
my question all the south africans is that , what would have being the scores if u played argentina ...if u guys lost to simple Uruguay????!!!!
Super Green
posted: 10:37 pm
Teko Modise is useless he has not had a good game for Bafana since well before last years Confederation Cup. I blame him for giving us nothing in the midfield.
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
What a disapointment. We played so slow as if we were winning. No sense of urgency.

I dont think the penalty was valid though. it should have been an offside.

Now what?. Beat France? Please!
Zwelithini
posted: 10:38 pm
Wow what a disappointment....we didn't play at all the midlfield was no where to be found i guess Parreira and his boys learn a big lesson in this game and as for the red cards i think referee was harsh as the Uruguay player was clear offside......hard lucky Boys!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 pm
I dont what was the faul concerng the second goal the red card for the goal keeper, the refree has to be used by the Urguay's . I dont get it. RSA , they were not that much good to win the gane but was not as bad as for to loose to the counter part for nill.
walle22
posted: 10:42 pm


the SA coach is not good at all, he has no bench, where is nomvete, he was busy playing friendly with 99th class countries, he do not want to expose the team with a big country for them to have the fill of pressure, look at today every south American team play the same way and the same style.just tell me how they will face France, because France will come out with confidence, where is the vuvuzela people, i did not hear them blow it today it help a lot, i can see some of them left the stadium before the final witsall .
walle22
posted: 10:43 pm

To my SA brother, i am a Nigerian and i support all African Nation, i am not happy with SA formation of play, in fact the coach made a great mistake by not taking Benni Mccati, his present only would have been like the present of this Diego Folan, Benni is a big play and he still have something more to do for SA even if it is 20 min to go he can still do something, look at the attack no body could even take risk, i don't know if they are afraid to enter the 18 yard box, to be sincere i am not happy.look at how your captain is suffering today because the midfild has fallen where is pienner? we cant find him.
walle22
posted: 10:43 pm

This ref i stupid why did he give up to 5 min, that is why they score again, is a disgrace to a host country, i don't like this.
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
Finally the HORROR is over I remember being criticizd for not being a patriot and told i should migrate, in truth SA is just adding numbers to the world cup we were embarrassed in front of the whole world disappointing. PARREIRA took us for a serious ride,Bafana players enjyd talking to media thnking they are stars.As the saying goes FEEL IT,ITS HERE,we sure felt it.
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
Our brazilian coach is just here to make money .stuck with one formation,useless players:mokoena,modise pinaar.the best thing they know is back pass or falling.anyway we are just playing in wc by virtue of being the host.all the dreams and ambitions stops today
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Mascurade wey dance first na cinima him go watch last . SA played a draw on friday The SE lost on Saturday na so them come dey yap us in our forum . Now the shoe is on the other foot , Make no mistake about it we are wining tomorow Bafana is going home afzter 3 matches and the SE shal soldger on
Anonymous
posted: 10:48 pm
The world cup is for men and not for the boys. This is why I do not blame coaches that go for experienced players. Look at the whole lot of difference Diego Forlan made to the game. Who knows Benny could have made the difference for South Africa.
This is also a lesson for some south africans that come to kick off nigeria to wish Nigeria badluck. It is uncalled for and I wish South Africans should get behind Nigeria and the other africans.
Anonymous
posted: 10:48 pm
south africa can't beat odinary Uruguay.If Uruguay can score three goals against them,Whichmeans Argentina can score ten goals against south africa.Big mouth guys,Your exit door is now open.hahahahaha.
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 pm
Naija folks, pls let's not gloat over SA's loss. Imagine how we feel when the Super Eagles get eliminated.

I feel sad for SA although all hope is not lost. SA must improve dramatically though - because I dont think they are currently able to handle teams with big names like France.

Biggest disappointment was to see SA fans leave in droves more than 10 minutes before the end. That was poor and the fans should know better.
mphahleni
posted: 10:50 pm
its obvious not questionable..i have always said mzanzi will loose to Uruguay and france and they will be the last team on the group with one goul and one point
Anonymous
posted: 10:57 pm
The world cup is for men and not for the boys. This is why I do not blame coaches that go for experienced players. Look at the whole lot of difference Diego Forlan made to the game. Who knows Benny could have made the difference for South Africa.
This is also a lesson for some south africans that come to kick off nigeria to wish Nigeria badluck. It is uncalled for and I wish South Africans should get behind Nigeria and the other africans.
Anonymous
posted: 10:57 pm
Since the 1st game Bafana has been playng wt a cautious approch,its time 4 Parreira to be more advanterous nd go all out on france...Bafana i stil blv.
ptay
posted: 10:57 pm
South Africa should go back to the basics!The are still playing elementary football and should stop attacking Naija,we are ur big brother,we have the power to bless or curse you as it pleases us so beheave urselves,be good boys and girls henceforth.
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