Uruguay fought tooth and nail in the game. They even went ahead at one stage in the second half. A last second effort saw the ball crashing with the crossbar.At the end, goals apiece from Müller, Jansen and Khedira helped Germany defend their third place successfully.
The pressure was on Germany from the start to win the match to secure a place in the knock out stage of the tournament. The match was played in a much slower pace with both team being cautious about the opponent's counter attacks. But a second half sublime strike from Özil was enough to separate the two teams and helped Germany reach the next round.