Mexico lose to Uruguay but advance on goal tally
Uruguay beat Mexico in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Tuesday to win Group A and make it to the last-16 of the football World Cup for the first time in 10 years.sports Updated: Jun 23, 2010 00:57 IST
Uruguay beat Mexico in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Tuesday to win Group A and make it to the last-16 of the football World Cup for the first time in 10 years.
Luis Suarez headed the winner past Oscar Perez two minutes before half time . Uruguay finished on top with seven points.
Mexico came second thanks to a better goal-difference than South Africa’s. With a draw guaranteeing a place in the knock-out stages for both sides, those who might have expected a pre-arranged stalemate were set for disappointment as both sides went on the attack.
Mexico in any case needed a win to overtake Uruguay at the top of Group A, and Rafael Marquez tried his luck from distance inside the first minute.
Uruguay soon got into their stride with Maximiliano Pereira blasting a free-kick over. Ajax striker Luis Suarez then beat Mexico's off-side trap only to shoot wide of Oscar Perez's goal.
Forlan was continuing his fine World Cup form and in the 17th minute he took a corner from the right but Mauricio Victorino headed over, with the goal at his mercy.
With South African fans inside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium celebrating the Bafana Bafana goals going in at the hosts’ game with France, both teams became aware that a slip could even cost them their place in the last 16. And in the 43rd minute, it was Mexico who slipped: Edison Cavani crossed from the right and Suarez rose to head past Oscar Perez with a goal that was celebrated inside the stadium by both Uruguay supporters and SA fans.