Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
South Africa (451): Khune, Gaxa, Masilela (Davids 45'), Khumalo, Mokoena, Letsholongre, Pienaar (Moriri 79'), Dikgacol, Mphela (Parker 59'), Tshabalala, Modise
Uruguay (442): Muslera, M Pereira, Fucile (Godin 57'), Lugano, Victorino, Arevalo, A Pereira, Perez, Suarez (Lodeiro 86'), Forlan (A Fernandez 71'), Cavani
The host nation improved upon their opening match but still came up short against a Uruguayan team that has become the first to book it's place into the second round. South Africa started brightly with Pienaar getting on the end of a Teko Modise cross, heaidng it wide in the eighth minute. Uruguay were continually pushed onto the back foot through the first half-hour, but South Africa could not put in that final pass.
After a few stalled attacks of their own Uruguay opened the scoring through Edison Cavani who struck a fierce shot into the bottom corner. The buiild up deserved a goal after good strength was shown by Suarez to win the ball and Forlan to send in the killer pass. Two minutes later and the advantage was doubled when Cavani made an excellent pass of his own, sending Alvaro Pereira in on goal.
The South African heads dropped and it was all Uruguay through the second half but Luis Suarez was unable to convert either of his chances to really finish the game off. That may have proved costly if their opponents had scored earlier. As it was Siphiwe Tshabalala's goal came just three minutes from time, his shot cannoning in off the post after good play from substitute Surprise Moriri when he stole the ball from Cavani.
Uruguay will be relieved their complacency did not cost tham as both Jorge Fucile and Mauricio Victorino will miss the final group game after picking up a yellow card in each of the first two matches.
South Africa 1 - 2 Uruguay
URU Cavani 40'
URU A Pereira 42'
RSA Tshabalala 87'
URU Fucile 28' (sus)
URU Victorino 82' (sus)
Man of the Match:
URU Alvaro Pereira