South Africa 0-3 Uruguay: South Africa must beat France in Bloemfontein next Tuesday in order to progress beyond the group stages of the World Cup, after being outclassed and outgunned during their 3-0 defeat to Uruguay in Pretoria.
Diego Forlan was a spud when he played for Manchester United, but he has come to this tournament to play. The 31-year-old striker opening the scoring by blasting a stunning right-footed shot from well outside the penalty area which dipped beyond the reach of Itumeleng Khune in the 24th minute.
The Saffas were always chasing the technically superior Uruguayans as the hosts sought in vain to build on the point they earned against Mexico in the opening match.
In a dramatic second half, Khune was sent off after catching Luis Suarez with his boot as the Uruguayan striker tried to round him and substitute keeper Moeneeb Josephs was unable to stop Forlan’s confident spot-kick.
Alvaro Pereira completed the scoring in stoppage time to wrap up a comfortable victory for the South Americans.
“The most important thing is not my two goals, but that we have won,” said Forlan.
“It’s a victory for all the team. We played well against France in the first game (0-0). We are very happy.”