JUNE 16 2010 22:36h

Uruguay beat host nation South Africa 3-0

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Uruguay beat South Africa 3-0 in their World Cup Group A match on Wednesday thanks to two goals from Diego Forlan including a penalty after the host nation's goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was sent off.

Forlan opened the scoring when he blasted a stunning right-footed shot from well outside the penalty area which dipped beyond the reach of Khune in the 24th minute.

South Africa were always chasing the technically superior Uruguayans as the hosts sought in vain to build on the point they earned against Mexico in the opening match.

In a dramatic second half, Khune was sent off after catching Luis Suarez with his boot as the Uruguayan striker tried to round him and substitute 'keeper Moeneeb Josephs was unable to stop Forlan's confident spot-kick.

Alvaro Pereira completed the scoring to wrap up a comfortable victory for the South Americans.