Dutch have what it takes to win

2010-07-06 21:16

There is no doubt that the Dutch have what it takes to win the 2010

Fifa World Cup.

It wasn’t pretty but it was worth every effort made as they reached

their first World Cup final since 1978 with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over

Uruguay tonight.

There were some nervous moments in the dying minutes after

Maximiliano Pereira scored Uruguay’s second goal, but Holland hung on as the

South Americans fought till the final whistle.

Holland are now the favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday against

either Spain or Germany in an all-European final. For the second World Cup

running no South American country would contest the final since Brazil in

2002.

Men of the moment Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben were the chief

destroyers when they scored decisive goals two minutes apart in the 70th and

72nd minutes.

Early on, Holland stunned Uruguay with an 18th minute wonder strike

from captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst, which caught goalkeeper Fernando Muslera

off-guard.

But, as it has always been with Uruguay, captain of the night Diego

Forlán hit another scorcher to level matters in the 41st minute.

This was Forlán’s fourth goal of the tournament since his brace

against South Africa in the group stages. The Atlético Madrid

striker leads by example, from the front.

Although they were slow to come of the blocks Uruguay clawed their

way back into the game as it progressed after allowing Holland to dictate terms

earlier on.

But it was clear that the South Americans missed the services of

hard-working Luis Suárez, who missed the game through suspension, when they

failed to trouble the Dutch defence in the opening stages of the game.

Uruguay played a tactical game, not giving Holland enough time on

the ball, hence Robben and Sneijder were quiet by their standards in the first

half.

But everything changed in the second stanza.

 

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