Striker Diego Forlan scored twice in a reality check for Bafana Bafana. South Africa’s World Cup bid now hangs by a thread.
Maybe it was hosting the world that got South Africa so pumped up, so full of hope that it’s little team could do big things.
Perhaps it was the vuvuzelas.
That performance in the South Africa World Cup opener turned Bafana Bafana from a sentimental favorite into a team that maybe, just maybe, could advance beyond Group A and pull off an upset in the second round.
But the stars did not align. There was no joy in Mudville. The vuvuzelas lost their buzz.
A villain with flowing blond locks swooped in to dash the hopes of the Rainbow Nation.
Uruguay simply outclassed Bafana Bafana throughout the match and its stingy defense allowed few scoring opportunities.