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World Cup 2010: Netherlands warned of Uruguay threat

Venue: Cape Town Stadium Date: Tue, 6 July Kick-off: 1930 BST Coverage: Live on ITV1 and BBC Radio 5 live | Highlights on BBC2 (2320 BST) and BBC red button. Plus listen live, follow live text commentary and watch match highlights at full-time (UK only) on this website.

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Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has warned his players to keep their feet on the ground ahead of Tuesday's World Cup semi-final against Uruguay.

The Dutch arrive as favourites after beating five-time champions Brazil but Uruguay will be confident following their victory over Ghana on penalties.

"Uruguay are a team of fighters," said Van Marwijk. "They battle and survive - it will be a very dangerous match.

"We must not underestimate them otherwise things will go wrong for us."

The Netherlands are through to their first World Cup semi-final since France 1998 and remain in contention to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

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They won eight out of eight matches to qualify for the tournament and have a 100% record from their five games in South Africa, including Friday's triumph over Brazil.

Van Marwijk originally challenged his team to reach the final on 11 July and he remains optimistic that, after finishing as runners-up in 1974 and 1978, they can at last lift the title.


But with two-time champions Uruguay fresh from their dramatic victory over Ghana, the former Feyenoord manager sounded a note of caution.

"I told the Dutch Football Association two years ago that I was not going to this tournament just to take part in it," stated Van Marwijk, who took over from Marco van Basten after Euro 2008.

"I'm a sportsman and if I go somewhere, I want to win. People might think that's arrogant but we have proven we can beat Brazil, one of the best teams in the world.

"We're going for it [the trophy] but I will make it very clear to my team - we have still got two matches to play and the next match is the most important. We will have to really concentrate.

"The euphoria at home is massive at the moment and maybe it's good that we're so far away and can't witness it because we need to focus on Uruguay and that won't be easy.

"They didn't reach the semi-final for nothing, so we can't think that we're already there."

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The Netherlands will not be short of support in Cape Town, where about 20,000 Dutch citizens have settled over the years.

Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel and Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong will be missing through suspension but there are no new injury concerns.

Striker Robin van Persie has been cleared to play following a scan on an elbow injury and defender Joris Mathijsen is back from a knee problem.

The suspension of in-form Uruguay duo Luis Suarez and Jorge Fucile may provide a further boost to Dutch hopes but Van Marwijk insisted there is no room for complacency.

"We have been down this road before in the past with other Dutch teams and the Dutch people have been let down time and again," he added.

"We have to take the duel with Uruguay very seriously because, mentally, it is difficult to get yourselves back into the mix after a victory against Brazil.

"It has now been two years that I have been trying to get the players to understand that in order to be world champions, they must shine regularly without ever letting up.

"We haven't succeeded in our mission yet. The target, to be crowned champions, is not yet achieved."


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Team guide: Netherlands
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