Postmortems

Germany Beats Uruguay — And It Wasn't A Snooze!

Germany's Sami Khedira (right) celebrates with teammate Per Mertesacker. Gero Breloer/AP i i

Germany's Sami Khedira (right) celebrates with teammate Per Mertesacker after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Germany and Uruguay at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on Saturday. Germany won 3-2. Gero Breloer/AP hide caption

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Germany's Sami Khedira (right) celebrates with teammate Per Mertesacker. Gero Breloer/AP

Germany's Sami Khedira (right) celebrates with teammate Per Mertesacker after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Germany and Uruguay at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on Saturday. Germany won 3-2.

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Both teams played with pride and for prestige. It was open and a great game to watch.

Five goals and almost extra time after a last-second free kick thudded against the crossbar.

Germany deserved to win 3-2 and finished third for the second time in succession.

The storyline of the match doesn’t really matter — safe to say the Uruguayan goalkeeper was poor and was culpable for each of the German goals.

Germany is a young team that had a great tournament, finishing as top scorers with 16 goals.

Joachim Low’s players have a real future and will be one of the favorites for the 2012 European Championships and a contender in Brazil in 2014.

Thomas Muller should win the young player of this tournament award.

He finished with five goals – joint top scorer before tomorrow’s final when David Villa and Wesley Sneijder have a chance to win the Golden Boot outright.

Also finishing on five goals is Uruguay’s Diego Forlan. He carried his team in this tournament.

For those of you keeping track, Paul the octopus kept up his record, correctly forecasting the outcome of this game.

Now onto the championship match tomorrow in Soccer City in Johannesburg!

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