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41st Minute, Diego Forlan, Uruguay v Netherlands, 2010 World Cup Semi-Final

Context

Uruguay had just missed out on qualification for the 2006 World Cup but bounced back in style by making it all the way to the semi-finals in South Africa four years later. They started with an incredibly boring draw with France but followed it up with an impressive win over the hosts and a narrow win over Mexico gave them seven points and first place in the group.

The second round pitted them against South Korea and a double from Luis Suarez was enough to see them through. In the quarter-finals they played a dramatic match against Ghana where a handball on the line from Luis Suarez saved them from defeat and they then won on penalties.

The Goal

In the semi-final they fell behind to the Netherlands after eighteen minutes but the Uruguayans bounced back when just before half-time Diego Forlan picked up the ball 25 yards out…

What Happened Next?

Uruguay lost 3-2 and Forlan just missed out on the Golden Boot award as he didn’t have as many assists as Thomas Mueller of Germany. They finished fourth as they lost the third place play-off to Germany where Forlan scored again.

In 2011 Uruguay won the Copa America.

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