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De Jong has faith in team-mates
Published : 03 Jul 2010 10:31:27
Nigel de Jong is hoping his Holland team-mates can keep alive his dreams of playing in the World Cup final as he prepares to sit out the match which could take them there.
The 25-year-old Manchester City midfielder picked up his second yellow card of the tournament in Friday's 2-1 quarter-final win over favourites Brazil and will be a frustrated spectator for their last-four clash with Uruguay in Cape Town on Tuesday night.
He said: "I am so disappointed. It was my second yellow for my first foul in the game. But I know we have got enough quality to reach the final."
Revenge was sweet for Holland, who went out to Brazil in the latter stages of the tournament in both 1994 and 1998.
Wesley Sneijder, who nodded the winner for Bert van Marwijk's side, said: "Finally, finally we won and we are very happy, for sure, because we have got to the semi-final.
"The feeling is fantastic for us. If we can put out Brazil, one of the biggest and best teams at this World Cup...
"It's a fantastic team effort. We always believed in ourselves."