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Uruguay
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3
Holland
 0-1G. Van Bronckhorst  18'
D. Forlán  41' 1-1 
 1-2W. Sneijder  70'
 1-3A. Robben  73'
M. Pereira  90' 2-3 
HT: 1-1
Green Point Stadium (Attendance: 62,479)
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov
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Uruguay vs. Holland
Minute Commentary
95' HOLLAND 3-2 URUGUAY
The Dutch dream of lifting the World Cup for the first ever time is still on after a 3-2 win in an uninspiring semi-final against Uruguay. The quality of the football was poor for much of the game, and a lifeless first half was only livened up by a wonder-strike for each side - first by Van Bronckhorst and then Forlan. A controversial second by Sneijder put the Dutch in control and they seemingly wrapped up the game with a third through Robben on the break. Uruguay did spark a late comeback, but it was too little too late as they crashed out of the tournament against the first genuinely world-class opposition that they've had to face. All eyes now turn to Durban and tomorrow night's humdinger between Spain and Germany.
94' IT'S ALL OVER!!!
The final whistle goes and Holland celebrate reaching their first World Cup Final since 1978. Uruguay players crowd around the referee, but it's too late now.
93' ADDED TIME GOES ON
It's surely the last chance for Uruguay as they pump the ball forward...
91' MORE ON THAT GOAL!
A ball into the box is turned down in favour of a short pass, and with dramatic results. Pereira cuts inside and fires a drive past Stekelenburg and into the bottom corner. Game on!
91' GOOAAALLL!!!
Hang on a minute... it's Maxi Pereira who's got it and suddenly Uruguay have hope. It's 3-2!
90' INTO STOPPAGE TIME
Van Bommel is down with a supposed injury and the clock is ticking for Uruguay. There are to be three minutes of added time.
88' DUTCH CHANGE
Robben is replaced by Elia and milks his departure for all it's worth.
87' URUGUAY DENIED
Plenty of blue shirts burst onto a ball into the box, but the flag is up - much to the infuriation of the South Americans.
85' ANOTHER MISSED OPPORTUNITY
A beautiful move involving Sneijder, Van Persie and Robben puts the latter away. It's all set up for the winger to cap off his evening with a goal, but he opts for a dinked shot with his left when a smash with his right would have been better, and the keeper saves.
84' RISKY BACK-HEADER
Boulahrouz's header back to Stekelenburg is a little risky and almost lets in Fernandez, but the keeper is brave and gets down to claim.
82' URUGUAY CHANGE
There's a moment of stunned silence in Cape Town as Forlan is withdrawn to be replaced by Fernandez. Can only assume that there's an injury there, otherwise it doesn't make any sense.
80' MISCUE BY ROBBEN
Sneijder's lovely chipped pass into the box falls into the patch of Robben and it has goal written all over it - but the winger finds just fresh air with the swing of his left foot and the chance to wrap this game up goes begging.
78' YELLOW CARD
Boulahrouz picks up a booking for a poor challenge on Cavani. Remember that all previous yellows are ignored at this stage to prevent players from missing the Final - although a red card will be a different matter.
77' URUGUAY CHANGE
Abreu - the scorer of the outrageous chipped penalty to win the shoot-out against Ghana - comes on to replace Pereira.
76' THE FLAG IS UP
Van Persie is slipped in behind by Sneijder, but the flag is up and rightly so, he had just mistimed his run.
74' MORE ON THAT GOAL!
Kuyt's ball in from the left was crying out to be dispatched, and Robben duly did, sending a wonderful header in off the post into the bottom corner.
73' GOOAAALLL!!!
Arjen Robben makes it 3-1 and Holland look they're cruising now!
71' STUNNING SNEIJDER
That's Sneijder's seventh goal in his last eight international games. It's a stunning record and credit where it's due, he's been the best Dutch player on the park tonight.
69' MORE ON THAT GOAL!
Uruguay are furious and it's no wonder! Sneijder's curling effort was almost flicked on by the offside Van Persie. The striker didn't get a touch, but it did delay the keeper's dive, allowing the ball to sneak in at the far post. However, despite clear interference with play, the officials award the goal and it's 2-1 Holland.
68' GOOAAALLL!!!
It's Wesley Sneijder and Holland are 2-1 up!
66' WASTED OPPORTUNITY
Van Persie's clever reverse pass sets up Van der Vaart. His stinging shot is palmed away by the keeper, but Robben powers the follow-up over the bar when he could have pulled it back for the unmarked Sneijder in the box.
64' FORLAN TESTER AGAIN
The goal-scorer goes for a shot again from a free-kick and forces Stekelenburg into another smart save low down to his right.
61' HORRIBLE MISCUE
A deflected cross falls to Sneijder on the edge of the box, but his shot is so poor that almost finds Robben out on the right flank. That just about sums up this game: a hint of promise, but no end product.
59' STILL HOPE FOR URUGUAY
Holland have seen more of the ball since the break, but Uruguay are very much still in this game and look particularly threatening whenever the ball works its way to the feet of Forlan and Cavani. It's still all to play for.
56' DANGEROUS DUO
Sneijder has been the only Holland player to show anything close to his best form in this game, and the playmaker pulls another raking cross-field pass out of the bag to set Robben away. The winger twists and turns, winning his team a corner, and that partnership seems to be the route to a second goal for the European side in the remainder of this game.
54' THE FORM GUIDE
There's little to choose between these teams as it stands, but the Dutch have won their last three games 2-1 and will still feel confident of continuing that run with well over half an hour remaining.
50' NOT GOOD TO SEE
Cavani is robbed of possession out on the left, but the ball falls to Pereira who goes for goal, with Stekelenburg stranded off his line. The shot is comfortably cleared, but Cavani is not happy, waving an imaginary card in the direction of the referee. Footballing cultures may be different around the world, but there should be no excuse for trying to get an opposing player booked in that way, and far too many players have been doing so at this tournament.
48' PLAYING AT HOME?
The Cape Town crowd is dominated by orange this evening, which is little surprise considering the large Dutch presence in this city. In fact, Cape Town actually originated as a Dutch settlement way back in 1652 - known as Kaapstad - so you could say that Van Marwijk's men are playing at home tonight.
46' DUTCH CHANGE
Bert van Marwijk has gone on the offensive, withdrawing the ineffective De Zeeuw and replacing him with the more attack-minded Van der Vaart.
46' SECOND HALF
Holland get the second half underway.
45' HALF TIME
And that's half time in a game that has flattered to deceive in the main, but has been lit up on two occasions - first by Van Bronckhorst and then by Forlan. Both teams are very much still in this, so don't go anywhere...
45' THE FLAG IS UP
A delightful Sneijder ball picks out the run of Kuyt into the box and the Liverpool man should really hit the target, but misses the ball all together. The linesman incorrectly flags for offside, which spares Kuyt's blushes.
44' BETTER BY THE KEEPER
Forlan's drive dips on target at the near post, but the keeper is equal to it this time, holding onto the ball as it powers into his midriff.
43' POOR CHALLENGE
Van Bommel shows his frustration, sending Cavani crashing to the ground with a badly mistimed tackle, and this is in shooting range again. Guess who's first in line to take it?
41' MORE ON THAT GOAL!
Forlan looked as if he was going to play creator as Uruguay built an attack, but one delightful shimmy put him into space to shoot from distance, and his swerving, dipping drive found the back of the net thanks to some extremely suspect goalkeeping by Stekelenburg. It's 1-1!
40' GOOAAALLL!!!
Uruguay equalise and it's that man again, Diego Forlan!
39' HEAVY TOUCH
Sneijder tries to spark something for the Netherlands, but Kuyt's return pass is too strong and the attack breaks down.
36' RORY DELAP IN DISGUISE?
Caceres goes for a long throw and causes chaos in the Dutch defence as the ball travels much further through the air than they expected. Forlan very nearly got his head to the ball, but Mathijsen was alert and cleared the danger.
34' TOOK TOO LONG!
Cavani breaks into the box and rounds his man, but delays the cross with two blue shirts waiting in the middle and the chance goes begging.
31' TIMELY INTERVENTION
Robben is almost clean through on goal, only to be denied by last man Caceres, who is in the thick of the action here.
29' DOUBLE YELLOW
Caceres picks up a booking for the dangerous challenge, while Sneijder is also booked for raising a hand in the ensuing melee.
27' HORRIBLE BLOW
Caceres' overhead kick goes wrong and he connects instead with the face of De Zeeuw. It is little surprise to see the Holland midfielder still down and this will no doubt be a lengthy pause.
24' THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
Van Bronckhorst's moment of magic linger long in the memory, but the rest of the opening quarter of this game will not - it has been very stagnant with neither side being able to keep the ball for any length of time.
20' YELLOW CARD
Pereira drags down Robben and picks up the first booking of the night. The full-back will be walking a tightrope for the rest of the evening now and it was a poor challenge - although the winger certainly didn't help with his usual histrionics.
18' MORE ON THAT GOAL!
It hasn't been a great game so far, but that was pure brilliance by the veteran left-back. There seemed little danger when he picked the ball up miles out on the left flank, but Uruguay must be wishing they hadn't given him so much space after watching his pile-driver sail into the far top corner. That is probably goal of the tournament so far, and it's the perfect start for Holland.
17' GOOAAALLL!!!
It's an absolute screamer by Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Holland are one up!
14' BLUNT ON THE BREAK
Both teams have been content with a counter-attacking game in the opening stages, but have shown little in the way of cutting edge to worry either defence.
12' GET OUT OF THE WAY!
Sneijder wriggles into space on the edge of the box, but his shot is blocked by his own man, Van Persie. The striker just couldn't get out of the way quick enough, but Sneijder is furious!
11' CROSSED WIRES
Uruguay break, but Forlan and Cavani fool each other, with the latter's run not what the captain expected.
9' ROBBEN'S AERIAL THREAT
Robben may not be known for his ability in the air, but the winger showed excellent movement in the box there to almost get on the end of a teasing Kuyt cross.
6' PHONEY WAR
With the exception of that chance for Kuyt there has been little to talk about in the opening stages. Most of the play has been in the centre of midfield, with neither team being allowed the time to settle on the ball.
4' WHAT WAS THE PLAN?
A lot has been said of Uruguay's plan to keep Robben quiet on the right, but if it was to wait for him to cut inside and then crowd him out then there may be need for a rethink. The Bayern Munich winger skinned the full-back on the outside with worrying ease there, and the decision to play a right-footed defender on the left of the Uruguay defence is already looking a little misguided.
3' FIRST CHANCE!
A lively run by Robben down the right creates space for Sneijder to whip in a cross. The keeper can only punch as far as Kuyt, but the Liverpool man puts his shot over the bar when he really should have hit the target.
2' EARLY STATEMENT
Mathijsen has put down an early marker with a strong sliding challenge on Forlan.
1' THE VENUE
The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town is one of the most magnificent grounds in the world and a fitting stage for such a huge game. Uruguay started their World Cup campaign at this very venue with a 0-0 draw against France, and will be hoping that their journey doesn't go full circle with an exit here tonight.
1' KICK-OFF
Uruguay get the first semi-final of South Africa 2010 underway.
0' WORLD'S GREATEST UNDERACHIEVERS
Holland are arguably the biggest football country to have never won the World Cup, but will have few better chances than this to end that unfortunate record. Twice losing finalists with the Total Football side of the 1970s, this team may be different in style, but has the ruthlessness that may well take them all the way. The horde of Oranje fans inside the stadium will certainly hope so.
0' WORLD CUP PEDIGREE
Twice winners of the World Cup - in 1930 and 1950 - Uruguay are already etched in stone as one of the great World Cup nations... but, in their first semi-final for 40 years, have a chance to make World Cup success more than just a distant memory.
0' THE ANTHEMS
The two teams belt out their respective anthems and we're all set for kick-off!
0' HERE COME THE TEAMS
The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town is looking absolutely glorious as the players emerge from the tunnel. Cue the flash of tens of thousands of cameras.
0' TALKING TACTICS
The smallest nation in South America have relied on a solid defensive base to get to this stage, but will have to do without key trio of Lugano, Fernandez and Fucile at the back against the dangerous Dutch attack. Holland may well be able to exploit the unsettled Uruguay back-line, but a lot depends on the ability of Sneijder and Robben to exploit the space in behind Van Persie. The Dutch defence was pinpointed as the weakness of this side prior to the tournament, but has had few problems so far, and will feel more comfortable dealing with a Uruguay attack shorn of the pace of Suarez. If Van Bommel can keep tabs on the excellent Forlan - and that's a big 'if' - then the underdogs may struggle to carve out chances this evening.
0' THE LINE-UPS
Uruguay make four enforced changes from the team that saw off Uruguay. Suarez is suspended, as is full-back Fucile, while both the central midfielder Fernandez and the centre-back captain Lugano miss out through injury. In come Godin, Gargano, Caceres and Arevalo. Holland recall fit-again Mathijsen to the heart of defence, while right-back Van der Wiel is replaced by the familiar face of Boulahrouz. De Jong's suspension is Demy de Zeeuw's gain, with the latter coming in to partner Van Bommel in a defensive midfield shield for the Dutch.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
The Dutch will be without the suspended Gregory van der Wiel and Nigel de Jong, meaning that there will have to be a reshuffle in both defence and midfield. Joris Mathijsen was forced out of the Brazil game with a knee injury picked up in the warm-up, but will return to the heart of the defence, while Robin van Persie has been cleared fit to play. Uruguay are without the suspended Luis Suarez and Jorge Fucile, and may also have to do without skipper Diego Lugano who is a doubt with a knee injury. Playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro will sit out the rest of the tournament with a broken foot.
0' HOW HOLLAND GOT HERE
Holland dominated their group with three straight wins, before seeing off Slovakia in the second round - thanks in no small part to the timely return of Arjen Robben. A 2-1 quarter-final win over pre-tournament favourites Brazil made the whole world take notice, but the Dutch have yet to produce a quality of football that comes to close to anything that the nation that gave the game Johan Cruyff expects. Defensive solidity is one thing, but - a few sparkles from Robben aside - this Dutch team have looked disjointed going forward and will need to improve against an extremely organised Uruguay defence if they are to take to the field at Soccer City on Sunday.
0' HOW URUGUAY GOT HERE
Uruguay were given little hope prior to the World Cup finals and even less after a dour goalless draw with France on the opening day. But they have gone from strength to strength as the tournament has gone on, topping Group A thanks to victories against South Africa and Mexico, before seeing off South Korea and Ghana in the knock-out stages. Pushed all the way in the quarter-finals, they were indebted to the gamesmanship of Luis Suarez, who handled on the line in the last minute of extra time to deny Ghana a certain goal and give the South Americans a chance - which they took in the shoot-out thanks in the main to Asamoah Gyan's resulting miss from the spot. Holland will be the first top side that this team have had to face, and they will need Diego Forlan to be at his best if the absence of Suarez is to be overcome.
0' PREVIEW
It's a World Cup semi-final that few predicted, but Uruguay v Holland is a terrific opportunity for one of these sides to reach the biggest game in international football. Both rely on a strong defensive base to allow the attacking players space on the counter-attack, but the absence of the suspended Luis Suarez from the previously potent Uruguay front-three may just tip the balance in favour of the Dutch.
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Teams
Uruguay
(4-4-2)
Néstor Fernando Muslera1
21' 90' Maximiliano Pereira16
Diego Godín3
Mauricio Victorino6
30' José Martín Cáceres22
Diego Pérez15
Walter Gargano5
Egidio Arévalo Ríos17
78' Alvaro Pereira11
Edinson Cavani7
84' 41' Diego Forlán10
Substitutes
Juan Guillermo Castillo12
Martín Silva23
Diego Lugano2
Andrés Scotti19
Sebastián Eguren8
Ignacio González18
Alvaro Fernández20
Nicolás Lodeiro14
78' Sebastián Abreu13
84' Sebastián Fernández21
Holland
(4-2-3-1)
1Maarten Stekelenburg
12Khalid Boulahrouz 78'
3John Heitinga
4Joris Mathijsen
5Giovanni Van Bronckhorst 18' 
6Mark Van Bommel 90'
14Demy De Zeeuw 46'
11Arjen Robben 90' 73' 
10Wesley Sneijder 30' 70' 
7Dirk Kuyt
9Robin Van Persie
Substitutes
22Sander Boschker
16Michel Vorm
13Andre Ooijer
15Edson Braafheid
23Rafael Van der Vaart 46'
18Stijn Schaars
20Ibrahim Afellay
17Eljero Elia 90'
21Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
19Ryan Babel
Team Stats
Uruguay Holland
2 Goals 3
2 Assists 3
12 Shots 11
6 Shots on Goal 7
4 Saves 4
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
17 Crosses 15
4 Corner Kicks 5
4 Offsides 5
15 Fouls Committed 16
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
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Uruguay
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1N. Muslera - 0 0 3 4
3D. Godín 0 0 0 - -
5W. Gargano 0 0 0 - -
6M. Victorino 0 0 0 - -
7E. Cavani 0 0 0 - -
10D. Forlán 1 0 0 - -
11A. Pereira 0 0 0 - -
15D. Pérez 0 0 0 - -
16M. Pereira 1 1 0 - -
17E. Arévalo Ríos 0 0 0 - -
22J. Cáceres 0 1 0 - -
Substitutes
13S. Abreu 0 0 0 - -
21S. Fernández 0 0 0 - -

Holland
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1M. Stekelenburg - 0 0 2 4
3J. Heitinga 0 0 0 - -
4J. Mathijsen 0 0 0 - -
5G. Van Bronckhorst 1 0 0 - -
6M. Van Bommel 0 1 0 - -
7D. Kuyt 0 0 0 - -
9R. Van Persie 0 0 0 - -
10W. Sneijder 1 1 0 - -
11A. Robben 1 0 0 - -
12K. Boulahrouz 0 1 0 - -
14D. De Zeeuw 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
17E. Elia 0 0 0 - -
23R. Van der Vaart 0 0 0 - -
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SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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