Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov | Attendance: 62479

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  • Diego Forlán 41'
  • Maxi Pereira 90' +2'

2 - 3



  • Giovanni Van Bronckhorst 18'
  • Wesley Sneijder 70'
  • Arjen Robben 73'
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  • 97'

    Hot off the press, here is our report of the match.

  • 97'

    So, who will the Dutch meet in the final? Spain and Germany is set to be a fascinating game tomorrow night. We'll have it covered, of course, but to get you in the mood, why not have a look at our preview.

  • 97'

    Arjen Robben celebrates scoring the goal that put the result beyond doubt.

  • 97'

    Joy gives us his final thoughts from Green Point Stadium: Very nervy last few minutes for Holland but they deserved their win - and the one-goal margin is a fair reflection. For Uruguay, this was perhaps one hurdle too many, especially without two of their best players in Lugano and Suarez.

  • 97'

    All in all the Dutch probably deserved to win but they did have a slice of luck with their second goal. They haven't played like we know they can in this tournament yet but they have got that winning habit. Can they finally break their World Cup duck on Sunday?

  • 96'

    A little melee breaks out as the final whistle sounds, and what a finish to the game! The Dutch just switched off at a free-kick and suddenly Uruguay had a sniff. How the ref found an extra two minutes I'll never know but despite a few breaks in the box that suggested Uruguay might get a sight of goal, the Dutch scrambled the ball clear..

  • 95'

    FULL TIME The Dutch hang on!

  • 95'

    Still the game goes on! Uruguay with a free-kick!

  • 94'

    Van Bommel is finally booked! In the dying seconds!

  • 93'

    A long throw into the Dutch box is hacked clear by Sneijder. Now Van Persie nods clear!

  • 92'

    GOAL Pereira pulls one back for Uruguay! His left-footed shot flies past Stekelenberg and we have an interesting minute left!

  • 90'

    Three minutes added....

  • 89'

    Van Bommel now hauls down Fernandez, has a go at him and STILL isn't carded! He's like Houdini that lad.

  • 88'

    Elia gets a sight of goal with his first touch but chooses to slip the ball inside to Sneijder and the chance is lost.

  • 87'

    Robben is coming off to slaps on the back from his team-mates. Elia is on.

  • 86'

    Uruguay win a corner that Kuyt eventually hacks clear before Abreu chips a return ball in and the flag goes up. Not sure about that decision.

  • 85'

    Robben goes bursting clear after a lovely flick from Van Persie but Godin stuck with him and just put him off at the last second and his chip lands in Muslera's arm.

  • 84'

    Wesley Sneijder watches as his deflected shot gives Netherlands the lead.

  • 83'

    Forlan is going off now - he's had an excellent tournament - and Sebastian Fernandez is on.

  • 82'

    A lovely move from the Dutch as Robben and Sneijder swap passes before the winger fails to make any contact on the return ball.

  • 81'

    So, it looks like we'll be having an all European final on Sunday. But will it be Spain or Germany who join Holland?

  • 80'

    Robben gets space in which to run at Mexi Pereira and though he beats the right back for pace his touch to knock it past was heavy and Muslera is out.

  • 79'

    Joy at Green Point Stadium: The Oranje supporters are in full song now ... those two quick goals have probably ended the contest. But Uruguay haven't come this far to give up now. They'll need to mind the counter-attacks, though.

  • 78'

    Boulahrouz is carded for a challenge on Caceres.

  • 78'

    Alvaro Pereira makes way for Sebastian Abreu, as Uruguay chase the game.

  • 77'

    An Oranje conga has broken out in the crowd...

  • 76'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The Dutch have NEVER lost at the World Cup when going two goals up.

  • 75'

    Uruguay to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    The Dutch have done it again. They've been anything but fluid in the tournament but have got goals and decisions at crucial times. Is their name on the cup?

  • 74'

    That goal has knocked the stuffing out of Uruguay. Their World Cup dream is dying out here unless something monumental happens.

  • 73'

    GOAL Robben nods Holland into the final! Kuyt's cross is met by Robben who heads powerfully in off the post. A cracking goal.

  • 72'

    Now Uruguay have to force the pace and the Dutch can play on the break - a style that suits them.

  • 71'

    It was ugly, but they all count. Uruguay were furious, claiming Van Persie was offside, even though the ball didn't hit him. He was probably just about level when Sneijder struck the shot, but didn't get a touch.

  • 70'

    GOAL Sneijder's effort is deflected in! The shot clipped a Uruguay defender, went through Van Persie's legs and crept into the corner.

  • 68'

    Chances! Van Persie found Van der Vaart in the area and Muslera saved his effort, as the ball ran loose Robben side-foots over the bar from a narrow angle when Kuyt was square pleading for the ball.

  • 67'

    How on earth has Mark Van Bommel got to this stage in the tournament without being booked? Astonishing stat.

  • 66'

    Forlan's effort dips towards the near post but Stekelenberg got across to parry clear.

  • 65'

    Uruguay fans on the streets of Montevideo celebrate Diego Forlan's equaliser.

  • 64'

    Alvaro Pereira threatens to disturb the equilibrium by getting into the area but Boulahrouz cleared. Now Van Bommel has concded a free-kick, shock horror.

  • 63'

    Uruguay to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 63'

    The game is in a very sluggish passage with very few passes being strung together. Goals do not look likely at this stage.

  • 62'

    Van Persie turns Maxi Periera and crosses but Sneijder's volley was totally mis-hit. The Dutch rebuild and win a corner. Much better from them.

  • 61'

    Joy at Green Point Stadium: Lovely open attacking football but the Dutch are just a bit sloppy at the back.

  • 60'

    Uruguay to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Uruguay won the ball then but neither Forlan, Pereira or Cavani moved an inch to try and make some space. Are they tired, or just bored?

  • 59'

    Van Bommel clears the ball from Maxi Pereira's feet. The game has reverted to its edgy, nervous state before the opening goal.

  • 58'

    It's a bit seesaw at the minute as Robben turns Caceres and wins a corner off Arevalo. From the corner Alvaro Pereira goes down and wins a free-kick.

  • 57'

    Now it is Uruguay who press as Forlan and Cavani exchange passes. They have a throw near the corner flag.

  • 56'

    Uruguay win a corner and as Stekelenberg punches clear Maxi Pereira's volley hits an orange shirt as it looked to be speeding on goal.

  • 55'

    Dirk Kuyt lies face down in the turf.

  • 54'

    Van Persie turns Gargano well then falls over pathetically as the midfielder gets back at him. Mathijsen flicks the free-kick on but only serves to loop it over all his colleagues.

  • 53'

    Heitinga clatters into Forlan but after Uruguay's move breaks down the referee doesn't produce a card.

  • 52'

    Robben wins a corner and takes it but fires it too long for any Orange shirts.

  • 51'

    Joy at Green Point Stadium reacts to Van der Vaart's introduction: It'll be interesting to see how much Netherlands attack now, and how Uruguay make use of the space left by De Zeeuw.

  • 50'

    What a mess in the Dutch back line! Stekelenberg rushed out to block Cavani, then as the ball broke loose Pereira's chip was headed away from goal by Van Bronckhorst. All of a sudden the 'keeper looks shaky.

  • 49'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Diego Forlan's goal was his 5th career World Cup goal and first against a non-African side.

  • 48'

    The Dutch instantly look more forward thinking with Van der Vaart in midfield, but will that open up some space for Uruguay?

  • 47'

    Van der Vaart's first touch is a horror show, as he hands Sneijder's quick free-kick right to Cavani but he does track back to win the ball.

  • 46'

    Rafael Van der Vaart is on for the Dutch and Demy De Zeeuw has gone off as we get this second half underway.

  • 45'

    Uruguay to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Before tonight's game, there had been no goals scored from outisde the box at the Green Point Stadium at this World Cup. Now it can boast two belters.

  • 45'

    Diego Forlan curls home Uruguay's opener.

  • 45'

    Joy at Green Point offers his musings after the first-half: The half came alive after Holland's goal. Both glorious shots, Uruguay have fought back well and the half would be about even, I'd say.

  • 45'

    Diego Forlan was on target with his fourth goal in South Africa.

  • 45'

    As if you could forget, the second semi-final on Wednesday sees a repeat of the Euro 2008 final as Spain meet Germany. Here's our preview.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME Truly, a half of two halves; the Dutch in the ascendancy in the first part, Uruguay hitting back in the second. It should be an intruiging second period.

  • 45'

    Sneijder lifts a ball into Kuyt but he had wandered offside and couldn't get his header on target anyway.

  • 45'

    Joy at Green Point Stadium: Uruguay deserved this - they've enjoyed good possession for the past ten minutes, their passes have worked out and they've setteled down. Game on!

  • 44'

    Forlan has a pop, trying to capitalise on Stekelenberg's generous mood, but the keeper is right behind this one.

  • 43'

    Now Van Bommel clips Cavani and Uruguay have a free-kick on the right flank. How the game has changed.

  • 42'

    Forlan's effort was with his left and it did swerve but the 'keeper was heading the wrong way. He got a hand up to it but the battle was lost.

  • 41'

    GOAL Forlan responds with a cracker! He smashes a shot into the roof of the net from 25 yards but Stekelenberg should have done better. It went right through him.

  • 39'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Going into the match, Netherlands had scored the most goals from outside the penalty area at this World Cup. Van Bronckhorst's strike was their fourth goal from distance in South Africa.

  • 38'

    Now Pereira crosses from the left and Forlan meets it with a header but it would have to have been a heck of an effort to score from there.

  • 37'

    Giovanni van Bronckhurst appears fairly happy after his opening goal.

  • 36'

    Now Alvaro Pereira gets a sight of goal and has a crack but Stekelenberg is right behind it.

  • 35'

    Cavani is looking dangerous now as he weaves his way into the area but fails to pick out either Forlan or Gargano.

  • 34'

    In relation to that last stat, Trainspotting anyone?

  • 34'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The Netherlands have won 18, lost two and drawn three at the World Cup when scoring the first goal of the match. The last time the Dutch lost after scoring the opening goal was in 1978 against Scotland.

  • 33'

    Gio van Bronckhorst's stunning long-range effort is too hot for Fernando Muslera to handle.

  • 32'

    The worst thing about this World Cup by far has been the ridiculous diving and play acting that has appeared in nearly every single match. Truly pathetic.

  • 31'

    Alvaro Pereira crosses from the left and Cavani goes down. The replay shows Van Bronckhorst caught him in the face but it didn't look deliberate.

  • 30'

    Uruguay to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Now Caceres makes a vital challenge in the box as Robben looked to go past him and strike on goal from 12 yards out.

  • 29'

    Sneijder was carded too I think, for his reaction to the incident. Caceres fell over under a tiny chest bump it looks like.

  • 28'

    Caceres is carded for his high kick that caught De Zeeuw in the nose.

  • 27'

    Now then, there's a right rumble going on here. Caceres went for an overhead kick and Demy De Zeeuw was caught full in the face, then Sneijder reacted furiously and a blue shirt hit the deck. Yet to see a replay. No cards shown yet.

  • 26'

    Heitinga nods the throw behind for a corner and Uruguay can get numbers in the box.

  • 25'

    Perez looks for Cavani but Mathijsen slides in.

  • 24'

    Uruguay have shown little going forward up until now but they'll have to break out at some point. A second Dutch goal looks more likely than an equaliser at this point.

  • 23'

    Dirk Kuyt tries (and fails) to manufacture an opening. Fortunately his captain didn't have any such problem.

  • 22'

    At Green Point Stadium, Joy was pretty impressed by Gio's goal: Out of the blue, quite stunning! Uruguay have to chase the game now. Let's hope Holland don't close shop.

  • 21'

    Robben's corner is punched by Muslera and as the ball comes back to the winger, Maxi Pereira slides in and is carded.

  • 20'

    Now Robben looks for Van Persie and Godin has to concede a corner.

  • 19'

    Cor blimey guvnor, that was an absolute belter! As soon as he shaped up a groan went round the office - as we expected another rugby-style conversion - but that is as clean a strike of a football you will eve rsee.

  • 18'

    GOAL Van Bronckhorst! What a strike! From the left channel about 30 yards out he's whacked that into the top corner at lightning speed!

  • 16'

    Van Persie does very well to pinch the ball from Maxi Pereira but as he waits for support he tries to twist too many times and is eventually dispossessed.

  • 15'

    Uruguay to win, with bet365  
    Netherlands to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    The Dutch are having to be patient in possession as they try to unlock Uruguay's defence. The South American side are extremely compact and hard to break down.

  • 14'

    Maxi Pereira bursts down the right but is crowded out when he tries to dart into the area.

  • 13'

    After that Dutch opening Uruguay broke upfield and Forlan found space but had strayed offside when Cavani clipped the ball towards him.

  • 12'

    Danger for Uruguay as Caceres lets a centre run across his body and hand the Dutch a throw, from it Sneijder gets the ball out of his feet and shoots but Van Persie blocks it.

  • 11'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Uruguay have not won in in the last 13 World Cup finals games against European opposition (six draws, seven losses) with their last success over a European side coming in 1970 with a victory over the Soviet Union 1-0 in a quarter-final.

  • 10'

    Mathijsen came flying out there and Forlan turned well but as Cavani made his run and feinted, the ball to him was in the wrong direction. A half chance for Uruguay.

  • 9'

    Two decent crosses from Kuyt and Robben went for the latter, Godin headed it up in the air before Muslera caught under pressure.

  • 8'

    Fred and Wilma Flinstone will be hoping that Netherlands can rock Uruguay early on.

  • 7'

    A cagey start it is fair to say, with Uruguay sitting deep and allowing Holland to come on to them. Forlan is ploughing the lone furrow up top.

  • 6'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Getting an early goal and into half-time with a lead might be a key in tonight's match. Neither side has EVER lost at the World Cup when leading at half-time. Netherlands have 14 and drawn two, Uruguay have won 10 and drawn one.

  • 5'

    Caceres is sitting very close to Robben whenever the Dutch winger gets the ball. Alvaro Pereira is doubling up when he gets the chance too.

  • 4'

    First chance of the game as Robben creates space, Sneijder's superb cross is palmed to Kuyt by the goalkeeper Muslera and the Liverpool man fires a volley narrowly over the bar.

  • 3'

    Mathijsen gets in quickly on Forlan as Uruguay do the early pressing.

  • 2'

    Is this the closest any Uruguayans will be getting to touching the World Cup trophy?

  • 1'



    The anthems are sung (badly) by both sets of players and we are all set for the last game in this World Cup to be held at the impressive Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.


    Here come the teams as we see shots of thousands of fans in Amsterdam and Montevideo preparing to watch the game on big screens. The anthems now, sing along if you can...


    ESPN Stats & Info: Uruguay and Netherlands have met on four occasions before tonight's match, with Uruguay winning three times and the Dutch just once. Netherlands' victory came courtesy of a Johan Cruyff/Total Football inspired performance at the 1974 World Cup.


    Joy Gupta from the Green Point Stadium will be keeping us updated throughout the game, and here he is, right on cue: Oranje to my right, Blue to my left...several Crosses of St George at 12 o'clock!


    As for tonight's game, I'm not expecting a particularly open one, but that doesn't mean it will be dull. The Dutch have the players to rip anyone apart and can click at any time, while Forlan has been supreme for the Uruguayans. How will he cope without Suarez though?


    It doesn't seem two minutes since the Dutch were slapping themselves on the back for beating Brazil, but their victory owed more to a samba-style collapse than anything else. Uruguay were the bad guys (again) after knocking out Ghana in the quarter-final, with the help of a blatant bit of cheating.


    As for the Dutch, Nigel De Jong and Gregory Van Der Wiel are suspended so Khalid Boulahrouz and Demy De Zeeuw are brought in. Robin van Persie is fit and Arjen Robben had no adverse reaction to his hamstring injury - or Felipe Melo's stamp for that matter - and they both start.


    Small talk to follow but team news first, starting with Uruguay. Captain Diego Lugano is out with a knee injury, so Diego Godin replaces him. Luis 'Hand of God' Suarez is suspended and Walter Gargano comes in for him. Martin Caceres and Alvaro Pereira are also drafted in. Diego Forlan is handed the armband.


    Good evening one and all and welcome to the first World Cup semi-final. Its Uruguay against Netherlands and you can follow it all live here with me Chris Murphy.


    Join us from 1830 GMT on Tuesday to discover which team will be the first to book their place in the 2010 World Cup final - Uruguay or Netherlands.


    Netherlands coach Bert van Warwijk has invoked the painful memories of Euro 2008 to instil in his side that they must avoid complacency as they prepare to face Uruguay in the semi-finals of the World Cup.


    Netherlands fans will be hoping to exorcise some World Cup demons.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Uruguay

  • 12(6)

  • 26

  • 15

  • 47%


  • Netherlands

  • 11(7)

  • 17

  • 16

Match Stats

  • Uruguay
  • Netherlands
12(6) Shots (on goal) 11(7)
15 Fouls 16
4 Corner kicks 5
4 Offsides 5
47% Time of Possession 53%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 4

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