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Germany 3, Uruguay 2
Germany won the third-place game for the second consecutive World Cup by defeating Uruguay 3-2 on Saturday. Germany became only the second team at this World Cup to win after trailing in the second half, joining the Netherlands, which did so against Brazil in the quarterfinals. Uruguay had one of its best games of the tournament, controlling 47.3 percent of the touches and completing 305 total passes with 169 passes in the opposing half, all tournament highs. Uruguay's 305 passes completed is also its most in a single World Cup match since 1990.
• Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger finished the World Cup with 723 touches, which is second-most by a German since the stat was first tracked, in 1966. His 445 passes completed were also third-most by a German player in a single World Cup.
• Uruguay scored 11 goals at this World Cup, third only to Germany (16) and the Netherlands (12). However, La Celeste put up some of the worst passing numbers by a team to score at least 10 goals in a World Cup. Its 72.6 percent overall passing accuracy and 64.5 percent passing accuracy in the opposition half are second-lowest by a team to score at least 10 goals at a World Cup since 1966.
• Uruguay controlled 44.8 percent of the touches at this World Cup, the lowest by any team to reach at least the semifinals since the World Cup went to its current knockout-stage format in 1986.
• Saturday's match lived up to the reputation of the third-place game, which is usually a goal bonanza. The 3rd-place game has averaged 3.94 goals per game, over a goal more than the 2.86 average for the World Cup final. Only two of the last eight World Cup 3rd-place games have had fewer than four total goals, 1990 and 1998.