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World Cup Player Ratings: South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

World Cup Player Ratings: South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

Diego Forlan powered Uruguay past the lacklustre hosts. rates the players on show...


Khune: 5 -
A night to forget for the popular goalie. He looked flummoxed by the opening goal when the ball was evidently not beyond his reach and showed uncertainty from corners. Sent off after a rush of blood to the head which was the last thing his side needed when chasing the game.

Gaxa: 5 -
The right-back endeavoured to support the attack going forward but failed to produce any testing deliveries and was a disappointment in comparison to his bright performance in the opening game.

Khumalo: 5 -
He was constantly done for pace by Suarez and Cavani and looked sluggish against the quick footedness of his direct opponents.

Mokoena: 5 -
The captain started off marking Forlan tightly though he was guilty of allowing the striker too much space and should have closed him down quicker for the first goal. He also erred at the beginning of the second period and thereafter was nervous and clumsy.

Masilela: 6 -
Unsurprisingly came in for Thwala due to his defensive solidity. It showed when he smartly denied Suarez at the start of the second half and throughout he foiled Maxi Pereira's frequent forward forays.

Dikgacoi: 6 -
As smooth as a Rolls Royce in the heart of the midfield when in possession, he rarely wasted the ball. As the more combative of the two central midfielders, he should have taken the initiative to thwart Forlan. He suffered a personal tragedy when booked after a clumsy challenge on Luis Suarez which will see him suspended for the final group game against France in his home city.

Letsholonyane: 7 -
The central midfielder was confident with the ball and well aware of where his team-mates were positioned. In an intense atmosphere and in the face of pressing game, he never looked rushed. He was sacrificed in the quest for an equaliser.

Tshabalala: 5 -
The star of the opening draw against Mexico started off a little overconfident after his stunning strike in the opener as he decided to shoot on sight even if team-mates were better placed. His delivery from set-pieces was woeful and he failed to spark into life in open play.

Modise: 5.5 -
The diminutive midfielder became too involved in the centre of the pitch when South Africa needed some natural width on the right. When he moved there, he put in a good cross for Mphela but was ineffective just when his side needed a goal the most.

Pienaar: 5 -
The player from whom so much is rightly expected was given little opportunity to conduct the orchestra as Diego Perez constantly snapped at the Everton man. His miserable evening was typified by his booking for encroachment and his replacement when Khune was dismissed.

Mphela: 6 -
Isolated in the first half, he was forced to drop deep, which meant South Africa had no presence looking to get in behind Lugano and Godin. However when supplied, he showed he was adept at carrying the ball to relieve the pressure on those further back.


Moriri: 5 :
Not really the right player to come on and get a goal.

Josephs: 5 : Powerless to stop Forlan's penalty.


Muslera: 6 -
The birthday boy wasn't the most efficient in terms of distribution but was mostly little more than a spectator.

Maxi Pereira: 6 -
He was a useful outlet for Uruguay once again down the right hand side without having quite the same effect he did against France.

Lugano: 6.5 -
The captain was a towering presence at the back, keeping Mphela at bay. Wasted a golden chance to double the lead when he mistimed his jump.

Godin: 6 -
The Villarreal defender had a quiet evening as Mphela was a peripheral figure. Worked as the spare man, effectively intercepting any balls into the box. He also covered for Fucile. Sometimes he was a touch shaky in possession.

Fucile: 8 -
The Porto fullback had an outstanding game being decisive in the tackle and he epitomised his side's more positive approach. On this showing, it is perplexing why he was left out in the first place.

Perez: 8 -
Like a terrier, he was tough and uncompromising in front of his defence. His showing was particularly impressive given the heightened importance of his role as Uruguay sought to get at the South Africans. The main reason South Africa's golden boy Steven Pienaar never got a foothold in the match.

Alvaro Rios: 7 -
Just like his midfield colleague Perez, he was ferocious in the tackle giving the South African supporting cast little change. A little awry at times in possession, his manager will nevertheless be delighted with his contribution.

Alvaro Pereira: 7 -
Though a little off target with his distribution on occasions, covered well for Fucile when he marauded forward. He covered considerable ground and was rewarded for a workmanlike performance with a last-minute goal.

Forlan: 9 - Uruguay's best player relished his more withdrawn role tonight. Though there was a hint of fortune with the first, he thoroughly deserved his brace for his superb showing in which he ensured the game ran like clockwork. He displayed an iron nerve to bury the penalty after a seemingly eternal wait.

Cavani: 6 -
Restored to the side tonight, he displayed some nice touches however it never quite happened for him. When he had a presentable opportunity in the area, he fluffed his lines, uncharacteristically so for one of the most promising strikers in Serie A.

Suarez: 8 -
The Ajax striker pressurised the centre-backs in the South African build-up phase. With the ball he repeatedly dropped his shoulder and left his opponent standing. He also delivered a delightful ball for the third goal.

Substitutes :

Alvaro Fernandez: 5 -
Had a hard act to follow and duly failed to have the same impact as Fucile.

Sebastien Fernandez: N/A

Gargano: N/A

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