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Date: 16 December 2018

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South Africa v Paraguay Match Preview

[Posted 16 Jun 2010]
South Africa v Paraguay Match Preview

SOUTH AFRICA v URUGUAY

Venue: Loftus Stadium (Pretoria, SA)

Kick-Off: 20h00 SA Time (18h00 GMT)

COVERAGE: Beezsports.com Live Text-uninterrupted.

TEAM NEWS

South Africa are expected to make only one change to their start-line with left back Tshepo Masilela replacing Lucas Thwala, according to reports emanating from the their camp. There are no injury worries. Keeper Itumeleng Khune proved his fitness in the match against Mexico, thus keeping the in-form South Africa's goalkeeper of the year Moneeb Josephs.

Coach Parreira's bench is bubbling with so much talent. While most of the players in the starting X1 are untested at this stage, the bench has experienced players like midfielder Macbeth Sibaya and veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvete with more than 50 caps. Then there is towering defender Matthew Booth and Surprise Moriri who have been involved with Bafana for some time now.

Uruguay is expected to start the match with three strikers as they have set their sights on progressing beyond group stages. Attacking midfielder Diego Forlan,Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will likely form a three pronged attack tonight. Cavani is considered one of the best among most promising strikers in the world. Forlan is a proven goal scorer, having scored a total of 56 goals in only the past two seasons in the Spanish La Liga for Atletico Madrid. Suarez won the golden boot in Holland in the just ended season.

HISTORY AND STATISTICS

Of significance is the most recent meeting between the two teams in 2007 in Johannesburg which ended goalless.

Uruguay are twice winners of the World Cup, first as hosts in 1930 after beating Argentina 4-2, then in 1950 when they upset Brazil 2-1 in the final. After these major wins, Uruguay only managed 4th place in 1954 and 1970 before a major slump in their fortunes saw the team struggle to even qualify for the World Cup finals for many years. They returned form the wilderness in 1986 and 1990, followed by another slump in form. They then qualified again in 2002. As of 1 May Uruguay is ranked 16th on FIFA rankings.

South Africa have qualified for the World Cup twice, in 1998 and 2002 ever since the fall of apartheid. They have won the Africa Cup of Nations once in 1996 and the COSAFA Cup twice. Their first World Cup win came against Slovenia whom they beat 1-0 in the 2002 finals. Siphiwe Tshabalala made history by scoring the first goal of the 2010 World Cup in a match against Mexico on 11 June 2010.

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