World Cup: Germany Finish Third After 3-2 Thriller Against Uruguay

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On the eve of the World Cup Final between Spain and Holland, Germany beat Uruguay 3-2 to claim the bronze prize in the third-place-playoff match.

The Germans were missing a few key players, including top scoring Klose, but they continued to play stylish and sweet football. Muller opened the scoring for them early on when he mopped up a rebound to slot in his fifth goal of the tournament. Cavani hit back for Uruguay after some neat passing before Forlan smashed the South Americans into a 2-1 lead.

They looked comfortable with that lead but ten minutes into the second half the Uruguayan Goalkeeper failed to catch a simple cross and Jansen headed into an empty net.

The game was wide open after that with end-to-end play and with minutes remaining Khedira knocked in a looping header to give Germany the lead and the third place finish in this World Cup.

The crucial final kicks off tomorrow.

David Jester is the author of An Idiot in Love, This is How You Die and other novels. He writes under three different pen names and when he is not writing fiction or nonfiction, he works as a freelancer.