In the Uruguay vs Germany match, Saturday's World Cup fight for third place, Uruguay has the edge in pride, defense, and Luis Suarez.
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1. This game will mean more to to the small but proud nation of Uruguay. Memories of past World Cup glories (1930 and 1950) by Los Charrúas may only be dimly remembered by the wider world but Uruguayans are deeply proud of their status as two-time world champions. Recent decades have provided few opportunities to add to that incredible record for a nation of just over three million and while they fell short this year they know it might be some time again before they have a chance to prove themselves the third best soccer team in the world.
2. The Netherlands scored three goals against Uruguay in the semi-final but they were playing against a depleted defense, missing its injured talisman Diego “The Sheriff” Lugano and the cunning of suspended Porto fullback Jorge Fucile. Had the team been able to call on their wonderfully committed approach – the essence of Uruguay’s “garra” warrior spirit – as well as their mastery of the sly arts of denying strikers shooting opportunities, that game would have been a lot closer. They will be out to prove against Germany what might have been.