Aaaargh! Noooo!!! We lose 0-3 to Uruguay

I am reeling from shock.

What an awful ending to a match that started with such anticipation and patriotic fervour.  With mounting excitement, we had been looking forward to tonight’s [last night’s] 20h30 match between Bafana Bafana and Uruguay at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium all day.

When we witnessed Switzerland’s surprise 1-0 defeat of Spain, I thought it might even be a sign that we as the underdogs might prevail tonight [sorry, last night].

Alas, things did not turn out that way.

Our boys in gold and green had a sluggish start (like they did in their opening game against Mexico last week), but gradually started to get into their stride. They made a lot of careless mistakes, though, passing the ball to the opposition with alarming frequency. To their credit, they also fought back and intercepted the ball successfully on numerous occasions.

But shortly before the end of the 1st half, the formidable Diego Forlán scored a goal for Uruguay. It was a beautiful goal, precisely struck, and curving elegantly over the head of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, and straight into the back of the net.

While the Uruguayan team and its supporters went absolutely beserk, the South Africans fell silent. I think even the noise of the vuvuzelas had stopped.

The second half started off with passion, flair and deft dribbling from both sides. The tension mounted with every almost-approach to the goal, and every last minute defence. I found myself completely swept up by the game, cheering our boys on loudly, and groaning in dismay when we were dispossessed of the ball and the opposition gallopped towards our goal instead.

And then, about 80 minutes into the game, disaster struck.

Luis Suarez (who’d gotten a bloody mouth in an unfortunate encounter earlier in the first half) had somehow squeezed past our defences and earned himself a clear shot to our goal. Khune flung himself in the path of the ball, and somehow managed to trip up Suarez. The referee, Massimo Busacca, promptly whipped out a red card, and banished Khune from the pitch for his “professional foul”.

The close-ups on the faces of his team mates clearly showed their shock and dismay. The stadium had fallen almost silent once again.

The replacement keeper Moneeb Josephs had to get ready in record time, to face a penalty… which was taken by Forlán. There was little he could do to stop the ball hurtling smack-bang into the back of the net.

2-0 to Uruguay.

By this stage, I was feeling quite ill and emotional. The commentator remarked that the supporters of Bafana Bafana were leaving the stadium in droves.  Hundreds of seats emptied within the last 10 minutes of the game. It was awful. I thought it was rude of them to leave before the end, and a clear sign of disrespect for the opposing team, as well as an indication that they were withdrawing their support from our national team. But it was a cold night, with temperatures below freezing, and I could understand their desire to leave the scene of their defeat as quickly as possible.

And then, in the last few seconds of the match, Alvaro Pereira scored another goal. Oooff… As if it wasn’t enough that we lost 2-0, now we had lost 3-0.

I think our nation is going to be in mourning tomorrow (or rather, today).

And so will I.

15 thoughts on “Aaaargh! Noooo!!! We lose 0-3 to Uruguay

  1. I didn’t watch this match, so thanks for a great account : felt as if I was there. Don’t worry, you are not the only one yelling at your TV set : to my astonishment I too was yelling at the players during the first SA vs Mexico match and I am OFFICIALLY NOT INTERESTED IN SPORT.
    The whole country is swept with sports fever, including moi

    • Hahahaha! How true, Alison. I’m not sure whether I should be dressed in black today, or whether we should fly the flag at half-mast, actually…. or would that be just too much, hm?

    • Er, no, we certainly aren’t, Clarence. I was actually quite taken aback at the early departure of so many spectators. As I’m sure they’ve paid hundreds, if not thousands of rands on tickets, t-shirts, scarves, beanies, flags, socks, hats, vuvuz, never mind refreshments in the stadium, etc., I expected them to be there until after the final whistle, regardless of the result.

      BB will have to pull out all the stops and become exceedingly creative and determined to beat the French next week. If we don’t, we won’t make it through to the next round, and if that happens, most of the country will go into shock. We just HAVE to get through – defeat is NOT an option!!!

      Phambili, Bafana Bafana!!!

  2. I am totally disappointed. I think Booth should be in the starting 11 in next week’s game against the French. I, too, wrote an article on this – also included a feature of that foul which most people believe didn’t deserve a penalty. Even people from abroad, who do not support Bafana Bafana, say that was NOT a foul. After all, Luis Suarez had been offside anyway.

    http://three65vibe.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/dont-you-just-hate-diego-forlan/

    • Hi Maxelo – We just have to hope that BB play A LOT better as a Team, rather than as individuals, next Tuesday against France. It’s so sad that they might well be out of the Cup…

  3. Hi Reggie, excellent write up on the match.I felt that the Ref was giving a blind eye to a lot of the match, and looked as if he was favouring the Uruguyan team. Pity that the fans left before the match had finished, bad sports.
    Going to watch England VS Algeria tonight. That should be a heck of a game. Keep warm

    • Hello Pauline – thank you. 🙂

      I too thought it was very bad form for the spectators to leave before the end of the game. The players must have felt even worse!

      We watched the match between Germany and Serbia at 1h30 today – it was nail-biting, I can tell you! And we’re looking forward to tonight’s match too, as it’s sure to be fabulously entertaining! Have a great time too!

    • Aw, thank you, Kathy. Who knew that one [erm, I…] could get so swept up by this game.

      After Mexico’s [surprise] defeat of France last night (2-0), when we’d been hooooping for a draw, we’ll need a miracle in our final match against France next week if we want to get through into the next round. Not sure exactly how many goals we have to get – I heard a man on the radio saying it was 5 goals more than France (oy vey), but apparently the future does not look rosy.

      Regardless, win or lose, we’ll stand by our national team!

      Phambili, Bafana Bafana!!!

  4. I´m usualy not much interested in football, but reading your blog from the very center of it all, have changed this. So, let me send you my sympathy, now that you have lost this game, – Hopefully you will win the next. I have to find a plan to see when that will be. I only know that Denmark is playing on thursday against Japan….oh, I see now, that it was today, and that you won. Congratulations!!

    • Unfortunately, even though we beat France tonight by 2-1, it was the last game that Bafana Bafana played – we are out of the tournament now! In our group, Mexico and Uruguay are going through to the next round, while France and South Africa are out. 😦

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