Germany Defeats Uruguay 3-2 to Take Third Place in Soccer's World Cup

Germany came from behind to beat Uruguay 3-2 in the third-place game at the World Cup on Sami Khedira’s goal in the 82nd minute.

Thomas Mueller and Marcell Jansen also scored for Germany, while Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan had the Uruguay goals. Forlan also hit the crossbar with a free kick in the final seconds in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Spain and the Netherlands meet in the final tomorrow in Johannesburg with each seeking its first World Cup title.

Germany took the lead in the 19th minute when Mueller put in the rebound after Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera could only knock away Bastian Schweinsteiger’s long shot.

Uruguay pulled even nine minutes later after Schwinsteiger lost the ball near midfield and Cavani ran onto Luis Suarez’s pass in the area to slide a shot by Hans Joerg Butt.

Forlan volleyed in a cross from Egidio Arevalo Rios to give Uruguay a 2-1 lead in the 51st minute. Forlan and Mueller both have five goals to tie Spain’s David Villa and Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands for the tournament lead.

Germany tied the game in the 56th minute when Jansen headed in Jerome Boateng’s cross. Khedira scored the game-winning goal with eight minutes left on a header after Uruguay was unable to clear Mesut Oezil’s corner kick.

Forlan then banged his free kick from just outside the penalty area off the crossbar and referee Benito Archundia blew the final whistle.

Germany finished third for the second consecutive World Cup and the fourth time overall.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

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