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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands


The Line-Ups:


URUGUAY: 1-Fernando Muslera; 3-Diego Godin, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 5-Walter Gargano, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 22-Martin Caceres, 15-Diego Perez, 11-Alvaro Pereira, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 10-Diego Forlan.

NETHERLANDS: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 12-Khalid Boulahrouz, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 14-Demy de Zeeuw, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.


Into the 17th minutes and a stunning long range shot by van Bronckhorst and surely the best goal of the tournament. Neither tactic nor strategy would be able to stop this powerful left foot effort from the Oranje captain. Interesting start to the match where Uruguay was dominating all over the field but it was another shot from outside the box kind of 40 meters and it was enough to separate the sides to make Netherlands likely finalist for the third time in history while Uruguay already were winners twice.

What a drama!! 26 minutes and everyone thought the worst about the potential injury of the Dutch player de Zeeuw that got kicked in the face by a bicycle kick from Caceres, but God came down and made everything to work out without major concerns. Back to the game again.

After cameras focusing on Suarez that is out following his red card, when they showed Forlan it was enough for him to strike a curly left foot shot also from long range got into the back of the net and Stekelenburg had some responsibility or was it Jabulani making new friends again. We are 5 minutes away from the Half-time and Uruguay scored in a crucial moment of a football match and specially because they are capitalizing their dominance in the match as well. Individually, it was the 4th goal from Forlan in this World Cup.

Sneijder is continuously climbing up in the charts. Another shot, another left footed goal, another from outside the box and his 4th of the competition. Netherlands are ahead once again and they have been displaying a better football in the second half and they made the most of it by scoring the second goal. Uruguay 1-2 Netherlands.

The Dutch are on the final of the competition with a perfect header from Robben after a killer assist from Sneijder. There’s nothing else Uruguay can do to stop the attack rampage from the Oranje and still 15 minutes left for the end of the match.

Maxi Pereira strikes with a curly shot after receiving the ball from a well orchestrated set-piece situation. This came after the 90th minute but was not enough to ensure Uruguay at least a chance to play the extra-time.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Sneijder



Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands (Highlights)

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