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Netherlands in World Cup Final!

[Posted 06 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Netherlands in World Cup Final!

Cape Town

Netherlands survived a final minutes Uruguay scare to qualify for their first World Cup Final in 32 years, after holding on to a 3-2 victory over the South Americans at the Green Point Stadium on Tuesday night. That semi-final match was Cape Town's last World Cup match.

The Dutch masters were holding onto a comfortable 3-1 victory over Uruguay until the 90th minute when Maxi Pereira curled a shot beyond Maarten Stekelenburg to give this match a tense finish, at 2-3.

The Dutch captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst gave his team the lead in the 18th minute from a move that did not look like it was threatening at all to Uruguay. He controlled a pass from about 35m. He had every time to decide on what to do. While the Uruguayan defence expected the 35-year-old to pass the ball to a team mate, van Bronckhorst let fly a screamer which nestled into the farleft corner of Fernando Muslera's goal.

Uruguay, full of running through out the night, fought back gallantly and their efforts were rewarded in the 40th minute. The ever green play-maker Diego Forlan, a contender for player-of-the tournament award, collected a ball from 35m, and struck the ball goal-wards with such brilliant technique that Stekelenburg could only help drive the shot higher into his far left corner.

In the second half, the Dutch stamped their full authority on the game and put pressure on the Uruguayans who responded with some impressive counter-attacks of their own. Holland's pressure paid off when a great move in the 70th minute ended with Wesley Sneidjer working his way into the box and took a good shot, which slightly brushed against Robin van Persie's shin as it beat Muslera to give the Dutch a 2-1 lead.

Two minutes after scoring their second goal, the Dutch even upped the tempo of their attacking game and raided Uruguay's goal again. The hard-running and dribbling wizard Arjen Robben headed in a beauty which beat Muslera who could only watch as the header was planted to his far right, ricocheted slightly on the pole before finding its way into the net in the 73rd minute. The South Americans appeared dead and buried following the Dutch's third strike.

But the Uruguayans had other ideas about how this contest should end. They piled on the pressure, which resulted in their second goal on the 90th minute, leading the match to an almost dramatic finish.

The Netherlands will now have to wait for about 24 hours to learn about the identity of their World Cup final opponents between Germany and Spain who will clash in the other semi-final match in Johannesburg tomorrow at 20h30. The Dutch will be hoping that their 'near men' tag as far as winning the World is concerned will be exchanged for a first ever World Cup crown on the 11th July.

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