Holland to the final!
Tuesday 6 July 2010
- 20h30 CET
Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
The Netherlands are
the first team to have qualified for the final of the
2010 World Cup in South Africa. Holland had a lot of
trouble with Uruguay for 70 minutes, but within three
minutes goals by Sneijder and Arjen Robben decided the
Uruguay started aggressively,
but after four minutes the first good chance was for
Holland. A shot by Wesley Sneijder ended up with Dirk
Kuyt via the hands of goal keeper Fernando Muslera,
but the Liverpool forward aimed a few yards too high.
Another Sneijder shot was blocked by Robin van Persie.
Although Holland remained
playing nervously they did take the lead. And they did
so in the most spectacular way. Giovanni had scored
five goals so far in the 104 games he had played for
Holland, but when he did it was often either important
or amazing. And so it was again tonight. He got the
ball halfway up the Uruguay half, a bit to the left,
and sent a shot screaming to the top right corner of
the goal behind Muslera. It splashed into the junction
and Holland seemed set for an easy game.
Indeed the opening
goal eased Holland's linkup play, but only for a short
while. Holland sat back to much and invited Uruguay
to create things. And Holland's invitation was accepted
gladly by Uruguay.
Bert van Marwijk must
have told his players many times about the danger of
Diego Forlan, but still the Atletico player was allowed
to pull of one of his trademark shots and equalize over
the head of John Heitinga, with a shot that left Maarten
Stekelenburg look a bit old.
The goal stirred up
the nerves in the Dutch side that had a poor start to
the second half. It was illustrated by a short back
pass by Khalid Boulahrouz that caused Stekelenburg and
Giovanni van Bronckhorst some serious problems.
A free kick by that
man Forlan again forced Stekelenburg to stretch himself,
but then things went Holland's way for a short while
and the game seemed decided.
First Van der Vaart
gave of a warning after which Robben failed to put in
the rebound, but only minutes later the ball was
in the back of the net. After some good play by Robben
and Van Persie Wesley Sneijder put a shot through a
lot of legs and beat Muslera at his far post: 1-2.
Before Uruguay knew
what had happened Arjen Robben headed home a third Dutch
goal and secured Holland's ticket for the final.
In the twenty minutes
left on the clock Holland should have increased their
lead, but because they failed Maximiliano Pereira's
fine goal in stoppage time sent several shivers through
the Dutch ranks when Uruguay put everything forward
in a last desperate effort. But even two extra minutes
of stoppage time weren't enough and the 2-3 score was
carried to the final whistle.
For the third time
in their history Holland have qualified for the final
of the World Cup.
This time it wasn't
with impressive, spectacular football, but history has
shown that the spectacular teams are usually not the
||18' G Van Bronckhorst
|41' D. Forlan
||70' W. Sneijder
||73' A. Robben
|90"+2 M. Pereira
|21' M. Pereira
| 30' M. Caceres
||78' K. Boulahrouz
||90'+2 M. van Bommel
|| M. Stekelenburg
| Maxi Pereira
|| J. Heitinga
|| G. van Bronckhorst
|| M. van Bommel
|| 78' S. Abreu
|| D. de Zeeuw
|| 46' R. Van der Vaart
|| W. Sneijder
|| A. Robben
||90' E. Elia
|| 84' S. Fernández
|| D. Kuyt
|| R. van Persie