South Africa World Cup hopes dashed by Diego Forlan brace
Striker Diego Forlan scored twice in a reality check for Bafana Bafana. South Africa’s World Cup bid now hangs by a thread.
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Perhaps it was the vuvuzelas.
That performance in the South Africa World Cup opener turned Bafana Bafana from a sentimental favorite into a team that maybe, just maybe, could advance beyond Group A and pull off an upset in the second round.
But the stars did not align. There was no joy in Mudville. The vuvuzelas lost their buzz.
A villain with flowing blond locks swooped in to dash the hopes of the Rainbow Nation.
Uruguay simply outclassed Bafana Bafana throughout the match and its stingy defense allowed few scoring opportunities.
South Africa's best chance came in the 66th minute, but Katlego "Killer" Mphela steered a header just wide of the target. Reality finally set in during the 75th minute when Khune, the goalkeeper and key to their chances to win, was given a red card in the penalty area.
Forlan easily netted the penalty shot.
The star striker wasn't done, though.
Deep into injury time, he lofted a lovely assist to fellow striker Suarez who slotted the ball home.
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