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Diego FORLÁN 41’

Maximiliano PEREIRA 90+2’

MotM = Wesley SNEIJDER (NED)


Wesley SNEIJDER 70’

Arjen ROBBEN 73’*


Ref = Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)

Cape Town

THE NETHERLANDS was painted orange last night as the Dutch football team progressed to its third World Cup Final and first since 1978 in a match that swung one way and then the other.

The opening minutes were quite tense as neither side wanted to make a mistake. So Netherlands captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst decided to smash the ball from long range to score a monster of a goal on 18 minutes.

It took Uruguay a little while to sort themselves out after this. They were given a few minutes thinking time when the Netherlands’ Demy De Zeeuw was kicked in the face whilst trying to prevent an over-head kick. Luckily it was the sponge they used to clean him up that came off the worst.

But this stoppage gave Uruguay some of the momentum back and as half-time neared, stand-in captain Diego Forlán scored the second long range goal of the game.

Uruguay continued to cause the Dutch problems in the early stages of the second half and looked the more likely to score. But in the 70th minute the Dutch took a 2-1 lead thanks to Wesley Sneijder. His seemingly limp shot on the edge of the Uruguay box took a deflection on its way and was almost touched by his team-mate Robin van Persie (who some people would say was just offside). If he had of touched the ball the goal wouldn’t have stood.

Karma is a bitch isn’t it Uruguay?

Just three minutes later Arjen Robben headed home to make it 3-1 Netherlands and crush Uruguay’s hopes. They did score in injury-time through Maxi Pereira but time was against them.

*The 2,200th World Cup finals goal.

Zakumi: “Now with the Netherlands in the Final and Germany or Spain to meet them in it, a European team will win the World Cup outside Europe for the very first time.”

P92: “Based on current form, Germany will beat the Dutch in the Final, but Netherlands vs. Spain would be epic. Neither side has won the World Cup before.”

Today’s game is:

  • Germany vs. Spain, BBC 1 19:30

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