- Associated Press - Saturday, July 10, 2010

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A look at Day 30 Saturday at the 2010 World Cup (all times EDT):


Germany 3, Uruguay 2, Germany wins third-place playoff.



Uruguay’s first goal in the third-place match began with a superb tackle and steal by Diego Perez from Bastian Schweinsteiger. Perez passed immediately to Luis Suarez for a three-on-two break that Suarez capped by passing to Edinson Cavani, who put a right-footed shot past charging goalkeeper Hans Joerg Butt. Germany won 3-2.


Sami Khedira scored on a header off a corner kick that was misplayed by the Uruguay defense in the 82nd minute for the winner in Germanys 3-2 victory for third place.



UEFA president Michel Platini was released from a Johannesburg hospital and will attend Sunday’s World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands. The former star player for France stayed in the hospital overnight after collapsing in a restaurant on Friday.

FIFA said “all the medical tests conducted were normal.”



Germany finished third in the World Cup for the second straight tournament, beating Uruguay 3-2 at Port Elizabeth. The Uruguyans have not beaten Germany since 1928.



Spain and the Netherlands, neither of which have won the World Cup, meet Sunday in the final at Soccer City. The Spaniards won the 2008 European Championship to end a 44-year drought without a major title; they won the 1964 Euros. This will be their first appearance in the title match of the World Cup.

The Dutch won the 1988 Euros and have been to the World Cup final twice, losing to host West Germany in 1974 and host Argentina in 1978. They are seeking to equal Brazil’s 1970 feat of winning every qualifying game, then all of their World Cup matches.

Europe will move ahead of South America in total titles 9-8.



“The moment of euphoria passed the other day when we qualified for the final and I think we’re conscious of the responsibility we have now. So we want to finish this World Cup well.” _ Spain coach Vicente del Bosque.

“As a kid, you follow the World Cups. And when the cup is lifted, it is a very special moment. Only a precious few players can do that. So it is a dream for me to lift that cup.” _ Dutch captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

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