- Associated Press - Friday, July 9, 2010

Capsule for Saturday’s third-place match at the World Cup (FIFA rankings in parentheses):


Germany (6) vs. Uruguay (16), 2:30 p.m.

Port Elizabeth

The Germans looked dominant in beating old rivals England 4-1 and Argentina 4-0 before being stymied by Spain 2-1 in the semifinals. Uruguay was the final South American team to qualify and the last from the continent to stay alive, before it lost 3-2 to the Netherlands in the semifinals.

Germany: Striker Miroslav Klose has 14 World Cup goals, one shy of Ronaldo’s career record. He also has an ailing back, but has said he wants to play against Uruguay. Thomas Mueller, who has four goals in the tournament, returns from a suspension for two yellow cards in the first five matches.

Uruguay: Diego Forlan has been a sensation in this World Cup with four goals and stretches of dominant soccer. He gets striker partner Luis Suarez back from suspension after Suarez’s handball saved Uruguay from defeat in the quarterfinals against Ghana, but earned him a red card.

Notable Fact: The Germans also finished third four years ago when they hosted the tournament, beating Portugal. Uruguay never has played for third place.



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