The play off matches for third and fourth place in most tournaments are usually easily forgettable but this was not the case with the match between Germany and Uruguay in Port Elizabeth last night.

The match had players showing off their considerable skills on a dreadful wet evening and both teams were playing to win.

Five goals were scored and every one was the result of a mistake.

The first German goal was the fault of Uruguay goalkeeper Muslera who failed to hold on to a long range shot from German captain Schweinsteiger and Mueller was quick to push the ball home. Uruguay equalised when Schweinsteiger lost the ball inside his opponents’ half and the Uruguay forward Cavani scored on the quick break.

Poor defending on the left flank by Germany allowed Forlan to volley home a cross to make it 2-1 for Uruguay before Uruguay goalkeeper made his second mistake of the night when he failed to cut out a long cross and Jansen headed into an empty net.

The final goal came when Uruguay captain Lugano lost his bearings when trying to man mark at a corner kick and the ball came off his leg for Khedira to head the winning goal.

But it was a great match to watch. Without the mistakes there would have been no goals.

Mistakes are part of football and accepted as such – unless you are a referee.

If five goals in a match were caused by refereeing errors, the referee would have been sacked and FIFA would already be holding a public enquiry.

Mistakes are part of football – that is why it is the greatest game in the world.

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