URUGUAY 2-3 GERMANY A fitting finale to a great game as Forlan comes oh-so-close to scoring his sixth of the tournament and forcing extra time. Uruguay were good value for at least that, too, for a fantastic attacking performance, the kind of which could have seen them in the final if they hadn't gone into their shells against Holland. As for Germany, well they showed glimpses of that wonderful counter attacking style which has seen them labelled by many as the most entertaining team in South Africa. Five goals and a whole host of chances - we've been spoiled in Port Elizabeth where it's finished Uruguay 2 Germany 3.
OFF THE BAR! Is it the last kick, and Forlan spanks it off the bar. Fabulous attempt but not quite good enough - Germany have won it.
FREE KICK Just 20 yards out, Friedrich drags Suarez to the floor. Free kick, and a yellow for the centre half. Last kick of the game coming up. Or is it...
GERMANY SUB Serdar Tasci comes on for the final minute, replacing Ozil.
ADDED TIME Just two minutes for Uruguay to force extra time.
URUGUAY SUB Sebastian Abreu, penalty hero against Ghana, is throw on to find a goal in place of Edinson Cavani.
GOLDEN CHANCE Kiessling misses an absolute sitter, scooping over from eight yards at the end of a fabulously-worked Germany break.
BOATENG SHOT Plenty forward for Germany who try to take advantage of Uruguay doing the same down the other end. Boateng drills a left-footed effort into Muslera's arms.
FIVE TO GO Have Uruguay the will to force a late equaliser? It's Germany doing the attacking at the moment and they've got just five minutes plus stoppage to hold on.
URUGUAY 2-3 GERMANY And right on cue, one good chance. Uruguay fail miserably to clear an Ozil corner, with Lugano culpable as he feathers the ball to SAMI KHEDIRA, who sends a header over a despairing Muslera dive from six yards.
LEGGY Germany are one good chance away from winning this game, you feel. Uruguay are definitely leggy.
GERMANY SUB Goalscorer Marcell Jansen's tournament ends as he's swapped for Toni Kroos.
ACROSS GOAL Kiessling, all alone six yards from goal, is too slow to react to a devilish Boateng cross from the right and the ball flashes across goal.
ROW Z Maxi Pereira crashes a 30-yard free kick into row Z.
URUGUAY SUB Walter Gargano replaces Diego Perez in midfield.
KIESSLING SHOT Kiessling nearly makes an instant impact, working his way into the box before driving at Muslera from the left of the box.
TIRED Bound to be plenty of tired legs out there and at the moment Uruguay look like they're running out of puff. Caceres has to deny Schweinsteiger from the right of the box with a last-ditch tackle.
PROBE Germany gently probe with a couple of corners and blocked shots.
GERMANY SUB Stefan Kiessling replaces Cacau up front for Germany.
CACAU SHOT Shots galore in Port Elizabeth where defending just isn't on the agenda. Jansen cuts inside for Cacau to spank one over the top from 18 yards.
JANSEN SHOT Jansen cuts inside Lugano on Germany's left, but pulls a right-footed effort harmlessly wide of Muslera's right-hand post.
POOR ATTEMPT The ever-eager Suarez lashes a 20-yard volley very high into the stands from a Forlan corner.
MULLER SHOT Muller, chasing that Golden Boot remember, drags a 25-yarder wide of the post. He, Forlan, Villa and Sneijder are all on five goals, but if it stays that way Muller will be given the award as he's produced the most assists of the quartet.
COMMITTED Great to see so much commitment and free-flowing football tonight. The 44,000 crowd, and millions watching around the globe, are being spoilt.
RAMPANT Very hard to pick a winner now - it really could swing either way. Uruguay are rampant at this particular moment and Butt has to block a Forlan shot from a tight angle.
SUAREZ SHOT Suarez is so, so keen to silence those boos - he's looking to shoot whenever he picks up the ball in Germany's third. This time he's about 30 yards out but no one closes him down, so the Ajax man spanks a ferocious attempt at goal and Butt has to make a decent save.
BOOKING Perez sees yellow for a trip on Schweinsteiger.
GREAT BLOCK Suarez tries to fashion room in the Germany box but Friedrich hangs onto his coattails and gets in a great sliding block.
OPENING UP You'd think we were already in stoppage time the way holes are suddenly opening up at either end of the pitch. Cacau plays in Ozil who hesitates with his shot before being tackled.
URUGUAY 2-2 GERMANY It's another nightmare for Fernando Muslera, but Germany don't care one jot. Jerome Boateng whips in a fine cross to the back stick where MARCELL JANSEN has sauntered in from the left flank to nod into an empty net, with Muslera flapping horribly.
BARMY The South Americans in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium crowd are going barmy. Surely in their wildest dreams they never expected this much from their side at this tournament - they're in dreamland.
URUGUAY 2-1 GERMANY DIEGO FORLAN just doesn't do tap-ins. Suarez plays in Arevalo down the right who crosses for Forlan to crash home a sumptuous volley from the edge of the box. That takes him to five for the tournament, joint-top of the leaderboard.
CHANCES Suarez, Forlan and Cavani combine with wonderful fluidity to set up the latter behind the German defence. Butt comes out to smother but Cavani picks the loose ball up and plays to Suarez. He probably should score but the impressive Butt touches wide for a corner.
SECOND HALF We're back playing again as Germany get the ball rolling.
HALF TIME Entertaining fare in Port Elizabeth where they go in 1-1 at the break.
NICK OF TIME Fucile is there in the nick of time to take a pass of Cacau's toes with the striker well placed to hit one from 15 yards.
BREAK Muslera mis-handles the corner and Uruguay break at pace, winning a flag kick of their own which Forlan menacingly curls onto the top of Butt's net.
FREE KICK Lugano handles 20-odd yards away from goal. Schweinsteiger lines it up but captain Lugano leaps high in the wall to nod it behind for a corner.
SUAREZ WIDE Forlan slips Suarez in down the right and the Ajax man looks set to make it 2-1 from 10 yards out on the right. However, much to the delight of the crowd, he drags it wide.
HESITANT Germany look very hesitant in defence - they're not happy at all when Uruguay get bodies forward. They're missing the calm reassuring presence of Philipp Lahm, without doubt.
CHUCKING IT DOWN It's absolutely chucking it down in Port Elizabeth. Jansen scoops a cross straight out of play to complete a miserable 10 minutes or so for Germany.
NO FOCAL POINT The one thing Germany are lacking here is a focal point. Cacau has barely been involved and Klose must be itching to get on the field. If he's fit enough for 45 minutes, expect him on at the break.
CORNER Another good Uruguayan move and Caceres wins a corner. Forlan whips in but Mertesacker nods clear. The South Americans are on the front foot.
FIRST GOAL Cavani will be relieved, too, as he's now scored his first goal of the tournament after a fair few fruitless attempts off target in previous rounds.
URUGUAY 1-1 GERMANY Well he won't win the Golden Ball with play like that, Bastian Schweinsteiger. He dithers in midfield and Perez nips in, setting Uruguay three on two. Suarez slots to EDINSON CAVANI who takes one touch and prods past Butt from 15 yards. A gift, but still clinically dispatched.
DEVASTATING BREAK Germany break at scintillating pace, as they did with devastating effect against England and Argentina earlier in the tournament. Ozil hangs a cross onto Khedira's head - he forces Muslera into a tip over the bar but it's all rendered meaningless by an offside flag.
HOOF Cavani nicks on the resulting Forlan corner towards the danger area, where Friedrich has to hoof clear from in front if his own keeper.
BLOCKED Suarez, still being mercilessly booed, turns and clips a deflected cross towards goal where Forlan's close-range haeder is crucially blocked by Mertesacker.
RIGHT BEHIND IT Jansen, playing on the left wing for the Europeans, drills a low cross into the six yard box where the shaky Muslera gets behind it. He's had a tough tournament, the Lazio stopper, but should come through it a better player if he learns from his mistakes. Only 23 as well - nowhere near peak age for a keeper.
IN CONTROL Ozil slips a pass through for Sami Khedira, who drags a shot across goal from the right of the box. You get the impression Germany could run away with this is they so choose - they look in complete control already.
ONLY 20 So Muller joins Wesley Sneijder and David Villa at the top of the goalscoring charts. What a tournament he's had. Only 20, too - quite remarkable.
URUGUAY 0-1 GERMANY He's up to five for the tournament, THOMAS MULLER. Schweinsteiger is given room to drive a 30-yarder right at Muslera. It's well struck and slightly swerving, yes, but the keeper should be doing far better than palming the ball towards the penalty spot where Muller duly slams home the rebound.
EXPANSIVE Decent spell of possession for Uruguay, who are playing more expansively than they did in their semi final versus Holland. No point playing for 0-0 tonight I suppose.
OPEN Germany are doing most of the pressing in the early stages here. It's nice and open, which is what we like to see.
BOOED Suarez is being roundly booed by a sizeable portion of the crowd whenever he touches the ball, presumably for that last-gasp handball against the Ghanaians in the quarter finals. I wonder what each of the 40,000-odd spectators would have done if presented with the same situation? Handballs all the way, I bet ya.
OFF THE BAR! It's all going on here. Germany force another corner, from which Arne Friedrich loops a header off the bar from six yards. Great attempt.
DOWN THE LEFT Aogo and Marcell Jansen combine nicely down Germany's left, threading passes to each other before the latter wins a corner. Schweinsteiger's delivery is pinpoint, but cleared.
LIVELY START Forlan gets plenty on the resulting dead ball, 25 yards from goal, and curls it not too far wide of Hans Joerg Butt's post. Lively start in Port Elizabeth.
AND ANOTHER... Mr Archundia is the centre of attention already, having disallowed a goal and letting Aogo off the hook. He now books Cacau for deliberately handling a Forlan free kick in the German wall. The ball now moves 10 yards closer to goal...
BOOKING Dennis Aogo, in his first appearance of the tournament, is high and heavy on Diego Perez with a horrible challenge. He's over the top of the ball and could cause Perez a lot of damage. Thankfully he doesn't, but Aogo receives only a yellow card from Mexican referee Benito Archundia. Seen plenty sent off for those before.
IN THE NET Golden Boot chaser Muller has the ball in the net inside four minutes, but Germany have already been penalised for handball in the build-up.
MOTIVATION Motivation certainly a key aspect of tonight's game - just who wants this more? I'd suggest the South Americans are the hungrier, with just beating European giants Germany a bigger caveat than finishing third. But will Low's boys have too much class for them?
KICK OFF Uruguay, clad in their usual light blue kit, kick us off. Germany are in their all-black away offering.
ANTHEMS The anthems follow, with what can only be described as some rather forlorn singing and facial expressions from the Germans and Joachim Low in particular. Must still be thinking about the Carlos Puyol header.
TEAMS OUT The teams are out in Port Elizabeth, but before the anthems they're afforded the dubious honour of shaking hands with Sepp Blatter. For goodness sake lads don't tell him you want games to be played in thirds instead of halves or something like that, you know what old Sepp is like with his 'lightbulb' moments.
KICK OFF 1930 BST In theory it's the least important of 64 games at the 2010 World Cup, but try telling that to Uruguay and Germany. Both are desperate to end their tournaments on a high and you can find out who succeeds from 1930 BST tonight when we'll be bringing you live text commentary. Team news precedes that at around 1845 BST.
MET BEFORE And believe it or not Uruguay and Germany have met before in a World Cup third place play-off, albeit the latter in the guise of West Germany. The match took place in Mexico City, 1970, when a Wolfgang Overath goal gave the Germans a 1-0 victory in front of 104,000 people.
HISTORICAL MOMENTS Anyone remember South Korea 2-3 Turkey? How about West Germany 3-6 France? The match highlights may not be at the front of your memory banks, but two historical World Cup moments occurred in these third play play-offs. Hakan Suker nabbed the World Cup's fastest ever goal (after 11 seconds) for Turkey eight years ago, while in 1958 Just Fontaine scored four times to take his Golden Boot tally to an all-time record of 13 as France hammered West Germany.
EARLY TEAM NEWS Klose (back) and Forlan (thigh) are actually minor doubts to miss the game, although both will be desperate to feature. Muller and Luis Suarez both return from suspension after missing their sides' semi final defeats. Aside from that, Messrs Low and Tabarez may choose to blood some fringe players who haven't featured heavily in their 2010 campaigns thus far.
PREVIEW Ah the World Cup third place play-off; so often the match that football forgot. But, what's this? The 2010 version actually means something? Well Diego Forlan and Thomas Muller have their eyes on the Golden Boot, while Miroslav Klose has the small matter of the all-time World Cup goalscoring record within touching distance. Plus Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez claims his side will “fight to the death” to win. Might be worth sticking around for this one.