|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
Germany match-winner Sami Khedira said his team's third-place play-off win over Uruguay laid down a marker for a young team that could go on to achieve much more in the future.
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Khedira's 82nd-minute goal gave Germany a 3-2 victory over Uruguay in a gripping match in Port Elizabeth and the midfielder revealed that his side took the clash very seriously.
"This was some kind of final and we did everything for it," Khedira said. "We have a young team and set an exclamation mark here and can reach more."
Germany's Thomas Muller opened the scoring in a rain-soaked Nelson Mandela Bay stadium before Edinson Cavani equalised for Uruguay, then Diego Forlan volleyed the South Americans in front before a goalkeeping error allowed Marcell Jansen to equalise.
Germany coach Joachim Low, whose team had been hit by a flu virus that ruled out Lucas Podolski and Miroslav Klose before kick-off, said his team had "achieved more than we perhaps expected".
Low, who has actually been out of contract with the national team since the end of June, will now return to Germany to discuss his future with the DFB but was giving nothing away after the final whistle.
"I need a few quiet, peaceful days now, as I've come close to my breaking point in these past week and months," Low said. "And then we'll meet for some talks in due time to see if we can continue this vision we have."
Midfieder Bastian Schweinsteiger said that although the squad were disappointed to miss out on the final following a 1-0 defeat to Spain in the semis he was proud that they showed enough fight to come back and win Saturday's match.
"Luckily, we won, because the disappointment over the semi-final was still there," he said. "We were behind and we rallied, that shows the character if this team. I am very proud of this team although I have tears in one eye because we did not reach the final."