A thrilling open ended match between two teams who pulled out all the stops. Arguably, the best match in this World Cup.
But there should be no doubts about the best player. Diego Forlan has been simply superb in this World Cup.
Makes you wonder what happened at Man Utd. Maybe Sir Alex would like him back. Think about the damage he and Wayne Rooney could do. Forlan almost pulled off an equalizer in stoppage time as his free kick crashed off the upright with Hans Joerg Butt all beaten. Before that he set Edinson Cavani off to put Uruguay on par with his goal and then he himself scored a goal of Arevalo Rios's cross.
Forlan has not just shown himself to be a clinical finisher, he has been discovered as a playmaker. A boon really for Uruguay because their midfield was at best pedestrian in most of their matches. Nicolas Lodeiro at Ajax, Luis Suarez's team mate shows much promise but has some ways to go to mature as a creative force.
Fernando Muslera had a cruel match- really he should have done better with Bastian Schweinsteiger's long range shot, spilling it in front of Thomas Mueller who had the easiest of tasks. It became worse when he should have punched away Jerome Boateng's cross - instead he completely misjudges it and the ball comes to Marcel Janssen who just stands his ground and heads the ball. It should have been 2-0 to Uruguay.
Germany proved just a bit stronger in the end with another Uruguayan mistake gifting them the winner. Diego Lugano gets his legs all tangled up trying to clear Oezil's corner ans the ball pops up conveniently for Sami Khedira to score.
Uruguay came the furthest in the South American contingent after struggling to qualify for the World Cup - they had to edge out Costa Rica for the final slot. They will still have Forlan, Suarez, Cavani, Lodeiro, Lugano, Perez, Godin in four more years- so there is no reason why they should not continue to do well. Forlan is leaving Atletico and so is Suarez from Ajax- who will not want them now?
Germany meanwhile has whetted our appetites for more. They did not give up on their brand of attacking football fueled by a group of U21 talent which have teams like England and Italy desperately searching for a similar vein of gold. They too will be back in 2014 and this time at their peak of their powers. It is small wonder that no Brazilian is celebrating home turf as an automatic to the World Cup title.
Thank you Germany, thank you Uruguay - for providing such joyous moments. You were the two most entertaining teams in this World Cup.