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  • Date:06 Jul 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Green Point Stadium
  • Attendance:62,479
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94:33 +4.33

Martin Caceres fouled by Rafael Van der Vaart, the ref awards a free kick. Nestor Fernando Muslera restarts play with the free kick.

93:46 +3.46

Handball by Sebastian Abreu. Mark Van Bommel booked for time wasting. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst restarts play with the free kick.

92:59 +2.59

Egidio Arevalo Rios takes a shot. Blocked by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.

91:14 +1.14

Victorio Maxi Pereira finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Uruguay 2-3 Holland.Walter Gargano provided the assist for the goal.

89:52

Mark Van Bommel challenges Sebastian Fernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Walter Gargano.

89:10

Arjen Robben goes off and Eljero Elia comes on.

88:26

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sebastian Abreu. Maarten Stekelenburg restarts play with the free kick.

87:52

Walter Gargano takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.

87:19

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save made by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

85:54

Arjen Robben takes a shot. Nestor Fernando Muslera makes a comfortable save.

83:11

The referee blows for offside. Diego Forlan leaves the field to be replaced by Sebastian Fernandez. Diego Godin restarts play with the free kick.

82:02

The ball is delivered by Wesley Sneijder, clearance made by Mauricio Victorino.

81:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Victorio Maxi Pereira. Direct free kick taken by Wesley Sneijder.

80:07

Foul by Sebastian Abreu on Johnny Heitinga, free kick awarded. Maarten Stekelenburg takes the free kick.

78:13

Khalid Boulahrouz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Caceres. Khalid Boulahrouz goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Martin Caceres takes the direct free kick.

77:08

Alvaro Pereira leaves the field to be replaced by Sebastian Abreu.

76:57

Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

75:57

Arjen Robben is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

72:40

The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Uruguay 1-3 Holland.Assist by Dirk Kuyt.

71:42

Joris Mathijsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Diego Forlan. Diego Forlan has an effort direct from the free kick, Maarten Stekelenburg makes a comfortable save.

69:19

Wesley Sneijder scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Uruguay 1-2 Holland.The assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.

67:37

Shot from 12 yards from Rafael Van der Vaart. Save made by Nestor Fernando Muslera. Arjen Robben takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.

66:57

Effort from outside the penalty area by Egidio Arevalo Rios goes wide left of the target.

64:53

Mark Van Bommel concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Caceres. Shot comes in from Diego Forlan from the free kick, save by Maarten Stekelenburg.

62:49

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, Martin Caceres manages to make a clearance.

62:34

A cross is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, Martin Caceres gets a block in.

62:05

Wesley Sneijder has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

61:27

Walter Gargano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Van Bommel. Mark Van Bommel takes the free kick.

60:43

Unfair challenge on Joris Mathijsen by Diego Godin results in a free kick. Joris Mathijsen restarts play with the free kick.

59:45

Alvaro Pereira delivers the ball, Diego Forlan takes a shot. Maarten Stekelenburg makes a comfortable save.

57:51

Arjen Robben takes the inswinging corner, Johnny Heitinga concedes a free kick for a foul on Alvaro Pereira. Nestor Fernando Muslera restarts play with the free kick.

55:52

Inswinging corner taken by Diego Forlan from the left by-line, save by Maarten Stekelenburg.

54:47

Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Victorio Maxi Pereira, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

53:42

Victorio Maxi Pereira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Free kick crossed right-footed by Wesley Sneijder from left wing.

51:38

Corner from right by-line taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

50:31

Corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan to the near post, Johnny Heitinga fouled by Mauricio Victorino, the ref awards a free kick. Maarten Stekelenburg takes the free kick.

50:03

Alvaro Pereira takes a shot from 25 yards. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst manages to make a clearance.

47:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Caceres by Rafael Van der Vaart. Direct free kick taken by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

46:08 +1.08

The ball is swung over by Wesley Sneijder. The referee blows for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

45:46

The assistant referee flags for offside against Giovanni Van Bronckhorst. Nestor Fernando Muslera takes the free kick.

45:24

Diego Perez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Sneijder. Wesley Sneijder restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

(Holland) makes a substitution, with Rafael Van der Vaart coming on for Demy De Zeeuw.

44:24

Victorio Maxi Pereira delivers the ball.

42:33

Joris Mathijsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Edinson Cavani. Strike on goal comes in from Diego Forlan from the free kick, Maarten Stekelenburg makes a comfortable save.

40:02

Diego Forlan gets on the score sheet with a goal from long distance high into the middle of the goal. Uruguay 1-1 Holland.Assist on the goal came from Walter Gargano.

39:41

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

37:50

Alvaro Pereira sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Diego Forlan misses to the left of the goal.

35:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Edinson Cavani on Giovanni Van Bronckhorst. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst restarts play with the free kick.

35:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victorio Maxi Pereira by Wesley Sneijder. Free kick taken by Mauricio Victorino.

35:08

Alvaro Pereira takes a shot. Save by Maarten Stekelenburg.

34:26

The ball is swung over by Edinson Cavani, blocked by Johnny Heitinga.

33:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joris Mathijsen on Diego Perez. Free kick taken by Egidio Arevalo Rios.

32:47

Diego Perez challenges Wesley Sneijder unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wesley Sneijder.

31:09

A cross is delivered by Alvaro Pereira.

27:04

Demy De Zeeuw fouled by Martin Caceres, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Caceres shown a yellow card. Wesley Sneijder is given a yellow card. Maarten Stekelenburg restarts play with the free kick.

26:20

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Diego Forlan from the right by-line to the near post, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst manages to make a clearance.

25:11

Diego Perez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Van Bommel. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

24:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mauricio Victorino by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst. Mauricio Victorino takes the direct free kick.

22:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mauricio Victorino by Robin van Persie. Diego Godin takes the direct free kick.

20:48

Unfair challenge on Arjen Robben by Victorio Maxi Pereira results in a free kick. The referee books Victorio Maxi Pereira for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Arjen Robben, Walter Gargano gets a block in.

20:26

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Arjen Robben, save by Nestor Fernando Muslera.

19:44

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Arjen Robben, Egidio Arevalo Rios manages to make a clearance.

17:30

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst finds the net with a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Uruguay 0-1 Holland.Demy De Zeeuw provided the assist for the goal.

16:17

Foul by Robin van Persie on Egidio Arevalo Rios, free kick awarded. Nestor Fernando Muslera takes the free kick.

13:02

The assistant referee flags for offside against Diego Forlan. Maarten Stekelenburg takes the direct free kick.

12:08

Wesley Sneijder takes a shot. Blocked by Robin van Persie.

11:07

Edinson Cavani is ruled offside. Joris Mathijsen takes the direct free kick.

9:24

The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Diego Godin.

9:08

The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by Martin Caceres.

8:06

Khalid Boulahrouz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alvaro Pereira. Free kick taken by Martin Caceres.

7:42

Edinson Cavani is penalised for a handball. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst restarts play with the free kick.

5:52

Alvaro Pereira produces a left-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.

3:03

The ball is sent over by Wesley Sneijder, save by Nestor Fernando Muslera. Shot from deep inside the area by Dirk Kuyt goes over the bar.

2:00

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alvaro Pereira. Khalid Boulahrouz takes the free kick.

The referee gets the match started.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The second half has started.

The referee signals the end of the game.

Match Preview

Tabarez blasts "shameful" Suarez questions Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez insisted his side will feel no embarrassment when they line up against Holland in the World Cup semi-final at the Green Point stadium. Tabarez maintains that Luis Suarez did not cheat when he handled the ball on the line to deprive Ghana a quarter-final winner in the last seconds of extra time, the Ajax striker then celebrating on the touchline when Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting penalty. Suarez, who likened the handball to Diego Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England in 1986, is suspended from the semi-final. Tabarez was clearly angry at the questioning of Suarez and said: "I'm embarrassed by what has been asked. That is shameful. "It was an instinctive act. Suarez couldn't foresee what happened afterwards, that Ghana would miss the penalty. Don't talk to me about a lack of modesty. "We are very proud and we're upset with this topic. We're proud of our performances and what we've contributed to the development of football at this World Cup. "Uruguay went through almost three matches without a yellow card at all, so please don't tell me we're cheats." It was a feisty final press conference as Tabarez refused to give an update on the injured Diego Lugano or to name his starting XI as he had promised, claiming the Uruguayan press had been spying on his training sessions. "Some journalists are playing as war correspondents," Tabarez said. Tabarez was prepared to talk about a Holland side which has reached the semi-final after winning all eight of their qualifying matches plus five games in South Africa, including knocking out Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals. He spotlighted Arjen Robben as their biggest danger and denied that he was a diver. "He's a great footballer," Tabarez said. "He's very fast, very nimble, very long strides. When he shifts his body it's difficult to react. "With Robben back, this Holland side benefits greatly. They were already very good without him, but now they have him contributing as well. "Like any footballer who is hit on the pitch, well, I wouldn't say he is a 'cheat.' These are things that happen in football. It's up to the referee to determine the players' intentions." The Dutch are looking to recreate the 1970s glory era, with coach Bert van Marwijk placing his trust in Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie. Neither man enjoyed the best of domestic seasons and Van Persie has not always cut a contented figure in South Africa amid rumours of a sour relationship with star man Wesley Sneijder. But Van Marwijk is happy to have the duo on board for a journey that took such an unexpected twist with that fabulous quarter-final triumph over Brazil. "I read somewhere that when Rafael Benitez picked a team at Liverpool, he wrote Kuyt's name down first. That says everything," Van Marwijk said. "Every player has a period where things don't work out and Liverpool had a very tough year, but Kuyt is extremely important for us. "The way he plays shows his passion and enthusiasm, and it is catching." Van Persie was out of action for five months after suffering a major ankle injury on international duty last November. It has taken the Arsenal star a bit of time to find his form, with just one goal so far, but Van Marwijk believes the 26-year-old remains a major influence. "Robin is extremely talented," he said. "He is one of the best football players on this planet. "He was injured for a very long time and you do need a certain rhythm. Sometimes it comes just like that. Sometimes it takes a bit longer. "But he was better in the last match than the one before. Players with so much talent can suddenly decide a game. I always believe in him and still do."

Formation:442Manager: Oscar Tabarez

Uruguay

Formation: 4231Manager: Bert Van Marwijk

Holland

  • Nestor Fernando Muslera
  • Victorio Maxi Pereira
  • Diego Godin
  • Mauricio Victorino
  • Martin Caceres
  • Diego Perez
  • Walter Gargano
  • Egidio Arevalo Rios
  • Alvaro Pereira
  • Edinson Cavani
  • Diego Forlan
  • SUBS
  • Juan Castillo
  • Diego Lugano
  • Sebastian Eguren
  • Sebastian Abreu
  • Nacho Gonzalez
  • Andres Scotti
  • Alvaro Fernandez
  • Sebastian Fernandez
  • Martin Silva

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Match Report

Dutch set up final showdown Holland will have their chance to exorcise the ghosts of World Cup finals past on Sunday after they beat Uruguay 3-2 to set up a final showdown with Germany or Spain. Goals from Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben secured a semi-final victory over Uruguay in Cape Town and a chance to avenge defeats on the game's biggest stage in 1974 and 1978. Bert van Marwijk's side may not delight like the `Total Football' Dutch teams from the playing days of Johan Cruyff. But having waited so long, the `Oranje' will care little for that as the prepare to bring their own glow to Johannesburg in a meeting with either Spain or their 1974 conquerors Germany. The occasion will also provide captain Van Bronckhorst with the opportunity to end his career in glorious fashion. The 35-year-old brilliantly put his side in front tonight before former Manchester United star Diego Forlan levelled with a goal that ultimately was not quite enough, even though Maximiliano Pereira's strike gave a glimmer of hope in stoppage time. Memories of Forlan's dismal time at Old Trafford and a less than sparkling season for Dirk Kuyt at Liverpool should have sent shudders down English spines. Knowing one of those players would be competing to become world champion at Soccer City on Sunday only emphasised what a chance England let slip through their fingers when they failed to finish top of what still looks like a straightforward group even now. That is not to say Fabio Capello's men would have made it this far. Nothing they did in South Africa suggested it. But, as both Uruguay and Holland felt at times during their own quarter-finals that they were heading home, it proves glory can emerge from the most unlikely settings. Uruguay's moment of despair came following that controversial handball from Luis Suarez that denied Africa its first semi-finalist and left a continent in mourning. Retribution came in Cape Town as, without his trusted strike partner, Forlan was too isolated to cause Holland damage that was beyond repair. The 31-year-old Forlan has long since proved his time under Sir Alex Ferguson's wing was an aberration. Two Golden Boots in Spain and the goal to beat Fulham in this season's Europa League final do that alone. Still, with the clock ticking down towards half-time, there seemed to be little on when Forlan collected possession 40 yards out. But, offered space to advance into, he then delivered the kind of shot this hotly-debated Jabulani ball was made for. Big questions will be asked of Maarten Stekelenburg. Yet, in super slow-motion, it was hard not to have some sympathy for the giant goalkeeper as the ball shuddered in flight and then found the net with Stekelenburg just out of position. Stekelenburg's part in the equaliser ensured Van Bronckhorst's opener was the better of two eye-catching first-half efforts. As with Forlan, there seemed no danger when the Dutch skipper received possession in a similar position, far from goal. Due to retire when this tournament is over, the 35-year-old defender could not have been any more accurate had he placed the 35-yard shot into the net himself. High to the goalkeeper's left, so far into the corner that it struck the inside of the post before finding the net, it also had the speed of a tracer bullet, which left Fernando Muslera beaten. Uruguay had not made their impact in South Africa through dazzling skill and unchecked flair. They are defensively aware and exceptionally well organised by wily old coach Oscar Tabarez. Yet the indignation with which Tabarez met legitimate questions about Suarez's conduct against Ghana was not becoming of a world champion. So, for all the effort of his team, and the excellence of Forlan, it was perhaps right that Holland should emerge victors. They took their time about it though as Uruguay's defence threatened to hold firm, so it took a bit of good fortune to bring about a second goal. We will never know whether Sneijder's shot would have gone in without the deflection off Pereira. With it, at such close quarters, it deceived everyone in its wake. Even Robin van Persie was caught off guard as it flashed through a crowd of bodies so dense Sneijder had to watch carefully to ensure it had found the net. Three minutes later, Robben rose to power home Kuyt's cross. For Forlan and Uruguay, the game was up. For Holland, the glory that proved so unobtainable all those years ago, is in reach again.

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