Netherlands beats Uruguay 3-2 in FIFA World Cup semifinals
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
scored for the Dutch with a 35-yard shot in the eighteenth minute, while Uruguay's scored his fourth goal in this year's World Cup to tie in the 41st minute.
However, after the Netherlands' coachreplaced with attacker at halftime, the Dutch went on a roll, with and both scoring in the second half. They scored in quick succession, in the 70th and 73rd minutes, respectively. Uruguay later narrowed the Dutch's lead to one point in injury time, but the orange-clad Dutch beat back late Uruguayan pressure after the injury time goal was scored.
The Dutch team was jubilant after their semifinal win. "This is unforgettable," Sneijder said. "It was a tough fight and toward the end we complicated matters. Sunday we play in the World Cup final. I have to get used to that."
Coach Bert van Marwijk was also happy. "This is very special. After 32 years we play the final again. Such a small country. We can be very proud of this." Van Marwijk has been coach of the Netherlands for two years.
Fans of the Netherlands' soccer team were wildly celebrating too. 45 minutes after the small Western European country won, many fans returned to's to see the players do a victory dance. Many of the fans beat drums and cheered "Holland! Holland! Holland!"
The Dutch will face either Spain or Germany Sunday in the World Cup finals. This will be their first World Cup final appearance since 1978, when they lost 3-1 to Argentina, who was playing on their home turf. The Dutch also lost the championship in 1974. Uruguay hadn't appeared in the semifinals since 1970. However, they won the World Cup in 1930, and again in 1950, but they have since suffered a 60-year drought, which continues to this day.
- AP. "Netherlands advances to World Cup final, outlasts Uruguay 3-2" — , July 6 2010
- Brian Straus. "Netherlands Beats Uruguay, Returns to World Cup Final" — , July 6 2010