Tuesday, 6th July 2010
Tense Final Minutes
Uruguay vs Holland
in Cape Town
Out of four South American teams in the quarter finals, Uruguay
was the only one still looking for a place in the final.
Holland took the lead through a wonderful strike by Giovanni Van
Bronckhorst but Uruguay levelled the score with an impressive curler from Diego Forlan,
five minutes before the break.
That's pretty much what the first-half was about, two teams cancelling
each other; even with the quality of their individual goals. Maybe Maarten Stekelenburg
could have put a hand on Forlan's shot but there was some influential swerve on the ball.
Bert van Marwijk looked to make a more attacking change after the
break; bringing on Rafael van der Vaart in place of Demy De Zeeuw.
It took a while to pay off, as Holland started to look frustrated with
themselves and Uruguay appeared the more relaxed.
After Maarten Stekelenburg knocked a Diego Forlan free-kick away,
Holland woke up with two goals in three minutes; thanks to Wesley Sneijder's deflected
shot and Arjen Robben's header.
From a game that started to look like it had penalties written all
over it, to one that almost looked like a walkover; the change happened faster than
Ravshan Irmatov could flip a coin.
Once Diego Forlan was substituted, with six minutes still to play, one
sensed that Oscar Tabarez felt there was no way back.
The Uruguay players had other ideas though when they earned a
free-kick in injury time. With no Diego Forlan on the pitch, the ball was played low to
Maxi Pereira who scored to give the game a tense final few minutes.
Uruguay couldn't get the equaliser they needed so Holland booked their
place in a World Cup Final for the first time in 32 years.
Uruguay 2 Holland 3
0:1 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (18 mins)
1:1 Diego Forlan (41 mins)
1:2 Wesley Sneijder (70 mins)
1:3 Arjen Robben (73 min)
2:3 Maxi Pereira (92 mins)
1 Fernando Muslera; 22 Martin Caceres, 3 Diego Godin, 6 Mauricio Victorino, 16 Maxi
Pereira; 11 Alvaro Pereira, 17 Egidio Arevalo, 15 Diego Perez, 5 Walter Gargano; 10 Diego
Forlan, 7 Edinson Cavani.
1 Maarten Stekelenburg; 5 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, 4 Joris Mathijsen, 3 John Heitinga, 12
Khalid Boulahrouz; 7 Dirk Kuyt, 14 Demy De Zeeuw, 6 Mark Van Bommel, 11 Arjen Robben; 9
Robin Van Persie, 10 Wesley Sneijder.
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
46 Mins (Holland) - 23 Rafael van der Vaart on for 14 Demy De Zeeuw
78 Mins (Uruguay) - 13 Sebastian Abreu on for 11 Alvaro Pereira
84 Mins (Uruguay) - 21 Sebastian Fernandez on for 10 Diego Forlan
90 Mins (Holland) - 17 Eljero Elia on for 11 Arjen Robben
21 Mins - Maxi Pereira (Uruguay)
29 Mins - Martin Caceres (Uruguay)
29 Mins - Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
78 Mins - Khalid Boulahrouz (Holland)
94 Mins - Mark Van Bommel (Holland)
0 Red Cards.
It's all square between Uruguay and Holland with Uruguay winning a 1980 friendly in
Montevideo (2:0); and Holland winning (2:0) in the Hanover group match at West Germany 1974.
2010 World Cup Final in Johannesburg.
3rd Place in Port
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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