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World Cup Sid gets upclose with Uruguay, S Korea

Last updated on: June 27, 2010 18:51 IST

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World Cup Sid - Rediff.com's man in South Africa, Siddhanta Pinto - shares his experience of watching the first Round of 16 match between Uruguay and South Korea.

Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth, a beautiful beautiful drive past the pristine ocean got us to the Marine Hotel.

And surprise, surprise! I see the Uruguay team bus on their way to their round of 16 knock-out game. Notice the security man upset with me as I jump right in front of their motorcade to take some pictures.


Image: The Uruguayan team bus leaves the hotel

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Uruguay stars spotted

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Catch a glimpse of some of their stars, but sadly not my main man Forlan.

Image: Uruguayan players in the team bus

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My destination in the distance

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I find my way to the stadium from the top of Sydenham, 2 hours in advance, and already, there are lots who have beaten me to it.

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Image: On way to the Nelson Mandela Stadium

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Uruguayan fans arrive in their numbers

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The Uruguayan fans arrive early and take their positions. Extremely friendly, they make a huge racket.

Image: Uruguayan fans cheer and wave their flags

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Uruguay fans wear their passion

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Uruguay fans cheer and scream before the match.

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Image: Uruguayan fans at the match

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First look of the Kuduzela

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Nope not a vuvuzela, it's a Kuduzela!

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Image: A fan plays a Kuduzela

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Forlan brings cheers to the crowd

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Uruguay's star player Diego Forlan emerges for warm up to rapturous applause.

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Image: Diego Forlan warms up before the match

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Indian faces in the crowd

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Football crazy Bangla brothers.

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Image: Indian fans at the match

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Huge support for South Korea

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Say hello to the South Korea fans.

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Image: South Korean fans wave their flags

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Players show respect

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Time for the National Anthems.

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Image: Players stand in respect as the national anthems are played out

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South Korea get early advantage

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A brilliant South Korean free-kick lined up in the first few minutes...

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Image: A South Korean player takes a free-kick

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The free-kick: A missed opportunity

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And hits the post!

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Image: The set-piece effort manages to find the post

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Forlan in full flow

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Immediately at the other end, the brilliant Diego Forlan with a superb piece of skill, gets the better of his defender and sends in a low cross.

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Image: Diego Forlan tries to cuts past a South Korean defender

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Suarez puts Uruguay ahead

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And the opportunistic Luis Suarez scores.

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Image: Luis Suarez (extreme left) celebrates with team-mates after scoring

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Forlan magic at play

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All players do not rush to Suarez, some hoist Forlan, for it is clearly a goal for his hard work.

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Image: Forlan gets hoisted for setting up the first goal

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Rain looms at the Nelson Mandela Bay

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Half time at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, and the clouds are threatening.

Image: A thick cloud cover over the stadium

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Noisy Vuvuzelas

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Vuvuzelas resound. Non-Stop!

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Image: Fans cheer their teams by blowing the vuvuzelas

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Rain time in Port Elizabeth

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And then the heavens open up. It is freezing in the light blowing rain. People from the lower uncovered levels (such as myself) rush up towards shelter in a surprisingly not-so-packed stadium.

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Image: Light showers start during the match

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Uruguay look to double their lead

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Forlan and Suarez press on.

Image: Suarez (right) and Forlan foray into South Korea's half

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Stunning Suarez stakes his claim

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And then some Suarez magic begins. Notice the positioning of players, and how he curls his foot around the Jabulani.


Image: Suarez in action

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Jung Sung-ryong beaten all ends up

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Sorry Goalie, this is just too beautiful a shot.

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Image: South Korean Jung Sung-ryong dives in vain

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South Korean keeper crestfallen

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Dejection...


Image: Hapless Sung-ryong wears a dejected look

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Suarez goes into a tizzy

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And unbridled joy.

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Image: Suarez runs towards the corner flag to celebrate

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Fate sealed: The scoreboard says it all

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And this is how the first knock-out match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ended.

Congratulations to a deserving Uruguay team!

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Image: The final score is flashed on the electronic scoreboard

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