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Mexico

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Uruguay

Group A

14:00 +00:00, June 22, 2010

Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa

Referee: Viktor Kassai

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    As for Mexico, they lack a cutting edge in attack and that could be costly in the knockout stages.

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    Uruguay could go far. They have a rock solid defence and create good chances on the counter-attack. It might be worth putting a few of their cheap players in your fantasy team.

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    So Uruguay top Group A and Mexico finish second. World Cup hosts South Africa and France are the first two teams to go out of the competition.

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    And that is it! The ref blows for full-time. In truth, he could have done that 20 minutes ago and it would have made no difference.

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    ...Forlan takes the corner, but it is too close to keeper Perez who claims the ball.

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    Uruguay's holding-midfielder Perez finds himself unusually far up the pitch. His cross leads to a corner...

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    It looks like Uruguay will top the group and avoid Argentina in the next round.

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    Mexico still can't get through the light blue wall that is Uruguay's defence.

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    Forlan will take a freekick for Uruguay on the left. A.Fernandez gets his head to the ball but can't direct his effort on target.

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    Forlan's corner is easily cleared at the near post.

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    Cavani takes on three Mexico players in midfield and then shoots from long-range. Perez saves at the expense of a corner.

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    Mexico's Castro is frustrated and gets booked for a foul on the excellent Perez.

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    Uruguay goalscorer Suarez goes off and A.Fernandez comes on.

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    Salcido's mis-hit shot deflects through to Franco, who can't control the ball on the edge of the box.

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    Mexico in possession but can't create anything.

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    From Tom Adams in the Soccernet office: This has been a dream tournament for teams from South America, and in finishing top of the group Uruguay will avoid Argentina in the next round.

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    Berrera's umpteenth cross is deflected, but loops into the arms of a Uruguay goalkeeper Muslera.

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    Uruguay seem very happy with their 1-0 lead. Scotti, who has just come on, has gone into defence to make a back five.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: If they keep a clean sheet in this match, Uruguay will become the fourth team not to concede a single goal in the group stages of the World Cup since 1996. The previous sides to do so are: Italy in 1990, Argentina in 1998 and Switzerland in 2006.

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    The corner eventually comes in and everybody misses it as the ball bounces in the box. It wasn't worth waiting for.

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    Hernandez gets booked for a tussle in the box... and we still haven't had the corner.

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    Uruguay make a change before the corner. A.Pereira goes off and Scotti comes on.

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    Giovanni clips in a cross from the left. Hernandez stretches to reach it and Lugano pokes the ball behind for a corner.

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    Torrado finds his usual outlet, Berrera, who wins a corner. Uruguay defend it well.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Suarez has 27 touches and one goal. If that holds he would have the second-fewest touches by a goalscorer at this year's World Cup. Only Drogba v. Brazil had fewer (18).

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    France have scored in the other Group A match to make it 2-1 against South Africa. Good news for Mexico.

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    Barrera races down the wing ad hooks the ball into the box. Victorino clears for Uruguay.

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    Luis Suarez's goal is still the difference between the two teams.

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    Fucile grabs Giovanni's shirt and Mexico have a freekick on the right. They try a clever routine but it only results in a weak header.

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    Perez has been a rock for Uruguay. The defensive midfielder has really protected his back four.

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    Barrera seems to be the main outlet for Mexico. He is seeing lots of the ball and putting in crosses.

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    If the coach had any subs left I'm sure he would take Rodriguez off after that shocker.

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    Berrera crosses from the right. Rodriguez is unmarked on the penalty spot but somehow manages to head wide. What a miss!

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Javier Hernandez has netted four goals in his last five international ppearances.

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    Hernadez's first touch is to play in Giovanni, but the little striker is tackled as he shapes to shoot.

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    Here is another sub. Blanco goes off and Hernandez comes on.

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    Barrera managed to sneak on unnoticed (at least by me) for Guardado at half time.

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    Salcido has possession high up the pitch but stumbles over the ball. He is having a bad game today.

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    Uruguay are still camped in Mexico's half.

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    Mexico make a change. Moreno goes off and is replaced by Castro.

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    Perez flaps at a corner but he gets away with it. All the pressure is on Mexico at the moment as Uruaguay attack.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: On the last 20 occasions that Suarez has found the net in all competitions, he has finished on the winning side.

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    Forlan's delivery is good from the freekick (when it eventually comes) and Lugano's header forces Perez to make a good save.

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    Forlan takes his time over a freekick and Blanco is tapping his imaginary watch.

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    South Africa have just hit the post in the other game in Group A

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    Giovanni races into the box but slips as he is about to pass the ball to Franco.

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    Having said that, Cavani breaks for Uruguay, but his shot is tame and dribbles through to the goalkeeper.

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    Mexico look eager to get on with things. Rodriguez ran to get the ball for a throw in and it is El Tri who are on the front foot.

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    Giovanni probes the right, cuts inside and shoots. But his effort is blocked by a defender.

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    Uruguay celebrate their first goal

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    Blanco has the first shot of the half. Curling a freekick around the wall but straight into the arms of Muslera.

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    Uruguay get us underway for the second-half. No changes to either side.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Luis Suarez has now scored 53 goals in 60 appearances for club and country this season.

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    If the permutations of who can go through are all getting a bit too much, have a quick look at Dale Johnson's excellent guide to how each team can qualify in the final round of matches.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: When conceding the first goal, Mexico have won 3, lost 18 and drawn 6 in World Cup matches.

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    Mexico have seen plenty of the ball but Uruguay created the better chances and have had eight shots to El Tri's three.

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    As it stands, the goal difference is now only +2 to Mexico over South Africa. That could all change in the second half.

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    The Mexico players might be a bit worried when they see the score from the other game. South Africa lead 2-0 and France only have ten men.

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    That's it for the first-half. The ref blows for half-time.

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    Mexico are now level with South Africa on points. If Uruguay score one more and South Africa score one more then the hosts will go through, not Mexico.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Teams passing in the final third thus far: Mexico 61.7% Uruguay 68.8%. World Cup average has been 63.5%.

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    Cavani whipped in a cross from the right. Suarez headed in at the far post, from about 10-yards out.

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    GOAL Suarez has headed in for Uruguay.

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    Blanco has found his running shoes at last and has just chased the ball down to win possession for Mexico.

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    Salcido and Guardado combine on the left. Franco has the chance to shoot but fires his effort well over the bar.

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    Guillermo Franco is denied.

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    Some good passing from Mexico. Torrado fires a pass up to Franco, who turns but is tackled by Lugano.

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    Salcido is being given space on the left flank for Mexico but he just can't provide any good crosses.

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    South Africa have scored another against France. 2-0 now.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Suarez has had the fewest touches (10) of any outfield player and has only received three passes.

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    Perez has blood coming from a cut above his eye and has to leave the pitch to get some treatment.

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    Guardado makes a brave header to keep Mexico in possession.

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    Suarez and then Forlan are rebuffed by the Mexico defence. No way through for Uruguay as yet.

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    Salcido jinks this way and that on the left flank. He gets space to whip in a cross but it is a poor one.

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    Mexico are edging the possession stats now after a slow start. They have had good chances to score but not taken any of them.

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    Giovanni rushes towards goal but takes an age to get his shot away, allowing the defender time to recover and make the tackle.

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    Blanco is looking very old and slow at the moment. He just falls over, trying to get a freekick, every time he gets the ball.

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    Giovanni wrestles with Lugano in the box. They both hit the floor but the ref gives a goalkick.

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    Gourcuff has been sent off for France in the other Group A game.

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    It has all been a bit scrappy for the past few minutes.

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    Forlan fires a cross into the box and Perez has to rush off his line to punch the ball away.

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    Guardado looks up and attempts a long-range effort from 30-yards plus and hits the crossbar. What a shot!

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    In the other game in Group A, South Africa have taken a 1-0 lead against France.

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    Moreno nearly gets his head to the corner but is called for foul on Lugano.

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    Giovanni and Guardado combine down the left to win a corner for Mexico.

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    Forlan whips in a corner and Victorino heads over from about 10-yards out. He should have hit the target with his stooping header.

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    Right-back Fucile is pushed right down the pitch as Uruguay go on the attack. Salcido cuts out the cross when it eventually comes in.

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    Guillermo Franco challenges Jorge Fucile of Uruguay.

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    Franco races onto a lofted pass into the box but takes a fresh air shot when he finally manages to 'race' onto the pass. A good chance wasted.

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    Blanco playas a great ball to Franco, who is taken out on the edge of the box. Amazingly the ref waves play on.

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    Forlan wins a freekick 22-yards out. He curls it in himself and Perez rushes off his line to make a good punch clear.

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    Mexico goalkeeper Perez in nearly caught in possession and slices his clearance. Suarez shoots and forces the keeper to make a save.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Mexico have won just one of their nine World Cup encounters against South American opposition, losing six of these matches.

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    The Mexico fans are making themselves heard above the vuvuzelas, as they have in their previous two matches.

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    Salcido fires in a cross. Lugano turns it behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.

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    Guardado picks up the ball in his own half and rides two fouls to break out before a third foul brings him down. Great work by the winger.

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    Suarez beats the offside trap and races at goal. He shoots from the right and his effort goes just wide of the far post. He should have done better.

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    Pereira shoots from a free-kick 30-yards out and misses the target. Has he not been watching this World Cup?

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    ESPN Stats & Info: This is the 18th match between these two teams. Mexico have won seven, Uruguay have won three and there have been seven draws.

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    Rodriguez lofts the ball over the Uruguay defence. Franco brings the ball under control in the box... the flag is up for offside.

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    Osorio has his pocket picked by Suarez but the ref blows for a foul. He was lucky there, it was never a foul.

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    It's backheel-tastic from Mexico at the moment. Franco starting a spate of them.

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    Mexico get the game underway, kicking from left to right. Mexico fire off an early speculative shot that gets nowhere near the goal.

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    A draw will send both teams through, but Mexico need a win if they want to top the group and avoid meeting Argentina in the next round.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: With their starts today, Rafael Marquez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco have equaled Antonio Carbajal's all-time Mexican record of 11 World Cup appearances.

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    Now it is the turn of Uruguay, with a very uplifting number.

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    The teams are out on the pitch and the anthems are belting out. Mexico's players and fans look very proud.

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    On this occasion, a draw will be enough to send both Mexico and Uruguay through, at the expense of South Africa and France.

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    Stat Attack: Mexico have progressed from the group phrase in the last five World Cups that they have competed in (1986, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006).

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    Uruguay make a change at centre-back. Out goes Victorino and in comes Diego Godin, of Spanish side Villarreal.

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    The teams are in. The only change for Mexico is that the veteran Blanco replaces Carlos Vela, who suffered a hamstring injury in the last match.

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    Join us at 1400 GMT to see whether Mexico or Uruguay finish top of Group A.

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