South African fans blew their vuvuzelas long and loud, hoping to bring their team luck in the World Cup. Uruguay's Diego Forlan had other ideas and brought the party to a crashing halt, scoring two goals in a 3-0 victory yesterday at Pretoria that pushed the hosts closer to exiting the first World Cup staged in Africa. That would be a first for a host country in the World Cup.
While Forlan greatly improved Uruguay's chances to make the second round, Bafana Bafana almost certainly must beat France in its next game to stay alive.
If South Africa doesn't advance, "obviously all the expectations of the nation will be frustrated," coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "This game was vital for us to at least get a draw."
Forlan scored on a deflected 25-yard shot in the 24th minute, then converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute for a commanding lead. Alvaro Pereira added a goal in stoppage time.
"Obviously, as a forward I like to score goals, but the important thing is to win," Forlan said. "The team is good. We also played well against France. We're very solid."
Making matters worse for South Africa, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was ejected by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca in the 76th minute for clipping the leg of Luis Suarez as the forward jumped over him in front of an open net.
Parreira called Busacca "the worst referee in this competition so far. I hope I don't see his face in any game anymore," he said.
Chile 1, Honduras 0
Even after Chile broke a 48-year World Cup victory drought, its coach was searching for more. Jean Beausejour scored the only goal and Chile beat Honduras 1-0 at Nelspruitt for its first World Cup win since it hosted the 1962 tournament. Beausejour tapped in a cross from Mauricio Isla in the 34th minute.
Not enough, coach Marcelo Bielsa said. "We could have scored more goals and we were on top," Bielsa said. "You can't foresee what will happen, but if the group is decided in that way [on goal difference], then we will rue the chances we missed." - AP