Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Netherlands Reached World Cup Final

Netherlands has reached the final of FIFA World Cup 2010 after defeating Uruguay 3-2 in the first semi final of the tournament. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben scored for the Dutch, while Diego Forlan and Maxi Pereira scored for the South Americans.

After 32 years, Netherlands reached a World Cup final and would face either Germany or Spain in the tournament final.

Uruguay started off well in the match and created some chances initially. However, the Dutch captain Bronckhorst scored in the 18th minute of the match against the run of the game. There are many who believe that Bronckhorst’s goal has been one of the best in the tournament, if not the best.

Diego Forlan, may be being inspired by Bronckhorst’s strike, scored an astonishing goal just 4 minutes before the half time. At the first half, the score was 1-1 and there were many who believed that the second half would be more exciting.

However, the reality is that Netherlands dominated throughout the second half. Sneijder put the Dutch in front for the second time in the 70th minute, just 3 minutes before Robben making it 3-1 from an excellent header. Netherlands got at least two more scoring opportunities and there was every possibility Netherlands could have won the match by a bigger margin.

Maxi Pereira brought life in the match by scoring in the injury time, but it was not enough for Uruguay to save the match. Wesley Sneijder is now joint top scorer of the tournament along with David Villa with 5 goals to his credit.

Germany and Spain will face each other in the second semi final of the tournament tomorrow (7 July).

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