BBC Sport world-cup-2010


Netherlands 2-1 Brazil

By Chris Bevan & Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 11:48 Commentary  

    Yes, it's back... er, not that the World Cup ever really went away. Still, I have missed it though. How about you?

  2. 11:53 Commentary  

    In the last couple of (football-free) days here in Cape Town, I've played with penguins, eaten antelope and stroked a cheetah but, to be honest, thoughts of the quarter-finals have never been far from my mind. The first two of those games take place today, with a mouth-watering encounter between the Netherlands and Brazil (1500 BST) followed by a fascinating match-up between Uruguay and Ghana (1930 BST).

  3. 11:58 Commentary  

    I'm Chris Bevan by the way, and I'll be taking you through all the build-up to kick-off in Port Elizabeth, before handing over to Jonathan Stevenson for the match itself. Now, like me, you've probably got high hopes for a meeting between the Dutch and Brazil but will it live up to epectations, seeing as both sides no longer seem to see it as their duty to entertain us? Sadly not. Today is likely to be all about winning ugly rather than 'Total Football' or 'jogo bonito' because, as Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk says: "if you play like that now, it is very hard to win the cup".

  4. 606  

    From Constcrepe: "Hoping for a great match with Holland and Brazil. Its a shame one has to go out. My money is on Brazil winning. They look so hard to break down."

  5. 12:04 Commentary  

    I need you lot to get involved today, of course. Whether you are doubting the Dutch, backing Brazil, going for Ghana or under-estimating Uruguay then I want to hear from you. Text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), I'm on Twitter @chrisbevan_bbc or you can always get involved on 606.

  6. SMS  

    From AvB in Sutton Coldfield: "We are a Dutch/Anglo household and the tension is palpable in my poor Dutch husband. I dont think they can stop Brazil scoring so never has the Oranje army battlecry of 'aanvallah' been so pertinent. 'Aanvallah!' (pron. Arn-vol-a) means attack and I hope the Dutch do just that, I want football to be the w inner as long as that football is orange!"

  7. 12:10 Commentary  

    Let’s not write Netherlands-Brazil off before it’s even started, though. All three previous matches between the two sides at World Cups have been stone-cold classics and they also have an abundance of talent in their squads in South Africa. Oh, and as Clarence Seedorf, told me this week, the Dutch have not really got going yet, despite winning all four of their matches so far. Let's hope that changes today.

  8. SMS  

    From Penny (who should be working): "Netherlands to win, by far the better looking team."

  9. 12:22 Commentary  

    World Cup Motty has already made his predictions for today's games. What does he reckon? Well, he rates Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben but feels the likes of Luis Fabiano and Robinho will have too much for the Oranje men. "I think the Dutch will stretch Brazil but somehow or other the South Americans will go through," Motty says. "Ghana have done very well and will put up a good fight but might find this a step too far against the experienced Uruguayans."

  10. 606  

    From redandblackT: "I quite fancy the Dutch for this.They've been effective so far but by their high standards a little dull.This just might be the game where they explode into attack mode."

  11. 12:34 Commentary  

    By the way, the winner out of the Netherlands and Brazil will play either Uruguay or Ghana in the semi-finals in Cape Town on 6 July. Have Ghana, Africa’s last surviving team in this World Cup, got a chance of making it? With Asamoah Gyan leading their line, BBC Sport’s Piers Edwards thinks so. In his latest blog, Edwards also points out that tonight "they will be roared on by most of Soccer City's 80,000 fans, as well as an entire continent, who will be willing the Black Stars to make Africa proud.

  12. SMS  

    From anon: "The Black Stars are well psyched up to beat Uruguay. We are so full of hope in Ghana, it’s unbelievable. Go Ghana,  go Black Stars.

  13. SMS  

    From Andrew Howell: "It looks very likely that it will be an all South American line up in the semi-finals although I think Holland are in with a shout."


    The best thing about these quarter-finals are that they are wide open - I reckon Brazil are the biggest favourites and even they will not find it easy against the Dutch. I'd fancy Spain to go through too but the other two games are too close to call.

  14. SMS  

    From Peter at work in South Africa: "Today we’ll see my point proven that Brazil aren’t as great a team as in previous years. Come on Holland!"

  15. 606  

    From faranjiniho: "Throughout the World Cup everyone has talked about the shift of power away from Europe and how South American teams are doing so well. The next two days will be crucial in settling this debate. The first of three rounds of Europe v South America starts this afternoon."

  16. 12:59 Commentary  

    Something I've noticed in the last few weeks is just how many of the main contenders in South Africa are employing two holding midfielders... Brazil, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands have all gone down that road, although Germany have a very different style of play to their rivals.

  17. 13:05 Commentary  

    Whatever happens in the next couple of days, it has already been a remarkable tournament for South American teams. Four teams from that continent are through to the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1930. Why? BBC Mundo's Vladimir Hernandez feels their style of play is a big reason: "All four teams have graduated from a school that teaches players to cherish the ball, to hold it as much as possible. It is not just about flicks and tricks but opening up teams with quick one-twos and starving the opponents of possession."

  18. SMS  

    From Colin in Birmingham: "Sat at my desk at work in my orange Holland shirt, waiting for 3pm when I'm heading into the boardroom downstairs on my own to watch on the plasma! I knew the two hours of flexi-time I'd saved would come in handy!"

  19. 13:15 Commentary  

    You might have already heard that Manchester City have announced the signing of Yaya Toure from Barcelona in the last few minutes but I thought I'd mention it, in case you hadn't. The fee? The small matter of £28m. Toure joins his brother Kolo at Eastlands and becomes City's third signing of a World Cup player in the last few weeks, following Jerome Boateng of Germany and Spain's David Silva.

  20. SMS  

    From Howard in Cheshire: "I'm backing Holland today. Expecting a counter-attacking masterclass from the Dutch. They've got the talent, but it won't be easy stopping the Brazillians."

  21. 606  

    From hameau02: "Re 1259. I'm a little surprised at all this talk of a 'shift in power' from Europe to South America. Every time the World Cup has been held outside Europe it's been won by a South American team - surely this is just a continuation of this? South Africa might not have the heat that other non-European tournaments have had but the altitude factor is hugely advantageous to the South American sides."

  22. SMS  

    From Carolina in London: "Sat at my desk at work in my green & yellow shirt, flag in my bag, green & yellow nails, waiting for 3pm to run to the pub on the corner to see my Brazil shine again - I love the World Cup!"

  23. 13:32 Commentary  

    Right, kick-off in Port Elizabeth is about 90 minutes away, and the teams will be dropping anytime soon - so I'm going to hand you over to Jonathan Stevenson in Johannesburg. Whether you support Brazil or the Dutch, let's hope it lives up to past encounters, and I'm really looking forward to Ghana v Uruguay later on too... after I've been to see a certain Diego Maradona at Argentina's press conference in Cape Town. It should be a great day - enjoy it, and see you all soon.

  24. 13:36 Commentary  

    "If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day" - Jim Valvano. I’ve done a little of number one, a bit less of number two (stop it) and none of number three - but I’m hoping Netherlands v Brazil and Uruguay v Ghana in the World Cup quarter-finals will take my emotions on a rollercoaster ride today. Welcome back to Johannesburg, I hope you enjoyed your journey to the centre of the earth.

  25. 13:39 Commentary  

    So you're back with Jonathan Stevenson - and if you refresh your page, Chris Bevan will be history. A couple of hundred yards up the road, Soccer City is being prepared for tonight's quarter-final. Much more of that later.

  26. 13:42 Commentary  

    Rest days: the curse of the man/woman with nothing other than the World Cup in his/her life. After twiddling thumbs for two days, we’re back in action today with a couple of potential crackers. At 1500 BST, the Dutch meet the Samba Kings, while at 1930 BST the Charruas meet the last Africans standing: the Black Stars. It’s Ghana be big.

  27. 13:47 Commentary  

    Speak now, or forever hold your peace (or just drop us a line later, if it’s more convenient). Here’s how you get in touch on Matchday 20 (clue - it’s the same as the previous 19): text us on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); make a point on the 606 page; and drop me a tweet @Stevo_football.

  28. Contributor BBC World Service's Daniel Gallas  

    On Twitter: "Brazilian and Dutch press say this is the toughest challenge for both teams in a while. The toughest since Dunga took over, says one paper. Yesterday for the first time in this WC Dunga said he expects a beautiful match. 'Holland like to play football, just like us.'"

  29. SMS  

    Craig, London: "Here's hoping Holland can squeeze past Brazil today by being a little more adventurous! Spain had their surprise breakthrough at the Euros, I fancy it's the Dutch's turn this time round."

  30. 13:55 Commentary Netherlands v Brazil line-ups:  

    Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de Jong, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.
    Brazil: 1-Julio Cesar; 2-Maicon, 3-Lucio, 4-Juan, 6-Michel Bastos, 5-Felipe Melo, 8-Gilberto Silva, 13-Dani Alves, 10-Kaka, 11-Robinho, 9-Luis Fabiano.
    Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan).

  31. 14:00 Commentary Stevo's predo:  

    Netherlands 1-2 Brazil

  32. 14:03 Commentary  

    Hey readers, have you been taking lots of snaps with players for our World Cup Photo album? If not, why not? We still need players such as Netherlands' Gio van Bronckhorst and Nigel de Jong, as well as Brazil's Gilberto Silva and Ramires. Check out who else we need. So get snapping and send them to us at to feature in our album.

  33. 606  

    From footballfan: "Team who counter-attacks well will win it. I hope referee doesn't get fooled by some diving and drama on the field. Watch out for Lucio, he is a good actor. Come on Holland!"

  34. 14:10 Commentary Netherlands v Brazil team news:  

    The Netherlands stick with the same side that beat Slovakia 2-1 in the last 16, with Arjen Robben making his second start of the tournament and Rafael van der Vaart on the bench. Seven of the Dutch starting XI are on yellow cards and would miss the semi-final if they get another booking today and their side progress. Brazil boss Dunga makes one change from the team that eased past Chile to reach the quarter-finals, with Felipe Melo shaking off an ankle injury to return in place of the suspended Ramires in midfield. Elano is still unavailable with an ankle problem.

  35. Twitter  

    From echobravo322: "Entire office (600 people) here in Delft heading outside to watch match on massive screen & have BBQ at 4pm."

  36. 14:15 YELLOW CARD One booking away from a ban:  

    Netherlands: Nigel de Jong, Robin van Persie, Gregory van der Wiel, Dirk Kuyt, Rafael van der Vaart, Gio van Bronckhorst, Arjen Robben, Maarten Stekelenburg.
    Brazil: Kaka, Luis Fabiano, Juan, Felipe Melo.

  37. 14:18 Commentary  

    The Brazilians are first out for a warm-up inside the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Kaka sees a big poster of himself in the crowd and flashes one of those winning smiles. But will he be smiling come the final whistle?

  38. SMS  

    Chris in London: "Been wearing an orange tie all day, Netherlands scarf draped over computer screens and flag on my chair. I sit opposite a Brazilian girl in the office and the chat has been relentless!"

  39. SMS  

    Sean in Zimbabwe: "If Holland score in the first 20 mins Brazil will go into shock and struggle to find their rhythm, as they haven’t had to handle any real pressure so far in the tournament. C’mon Oranje!"

  40. 14:27 Commentary  

    Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk may be trying to play it down, but it’s difficult not to get excited when two of the countries that helped the world fall in love with football meet on the greatest stage of all. Brazil are hot favourites to progress, but the Dutch are dangerous and in Arjen Robben, they have a man capable of changing the course of any game he plays in.

  41. 14:30 Commentary  

    Now then, more yellow card chat: if a player picks up his second yellow card of the World Cup in the quarters, he will miss the semi. But if he picks up his second in the semi, he will not miss the final. That's the deal.

  42. 14:33 Commentary  

    Breaking news: The Football Association announces that Fabio Capello will stay on as England manager.

  43. 14:35 Commentary England manager Fabio Capello:  

    "I am more determined than ever to succeed with the England team. I am extremely proud to be the England manager, it means so much to me and I am determined to succeed."

  44. 14:37 Commentary  

    Well, that didn't take two weeks did it now? I'm absolutely sure you'll be able to read more about Fabio Capello and England on the BBC Sport website this afternoon (other websites may also carry the story), but shall we concentrate on Netherlands v Brazil for now?

  45. 606  

    From walrus: "Here's a useless stat for you: Of the last six penalty shoot-outs in the WC, all have been won by the team taking the first pen."

  46. 14:42 Commentary  

    The greater than great Johan Cruyff laid into Brazil earlier this week. Here's what the maestro had to say: “I would never pay for a ticket to watch the matches of this Brazilian team. Where has the Brazil team we all know disappeared to in this World Cup? Where is the Brazilian magic?" Sounds like a challenge to me.

  47. 14:44 Commentary Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk:  

    “We don't fear Brazil and believe we can beat them. They have their worries about us and maybe more then we know. Brazil are favourites for the World Cup, but we've proven we can also beat this type of opponent. I am fully confident of that.”

  48. Twitter  

    From our friends at Infostrada Sports: "Captain Van Bronckhorst will retire afterthe World Cup, which could be today v BRA. He made his debut in a friendly v BRA in 1996 (2-2). Ned might not play with no 1-11 as Mathijsen (4) looks injured in warm-up."

  49. 14:48 Commentary  

    Breaking news: Joris Mathijsen has picked up an injury in the warm-up, so Andre Ooijer takes his place in the Netherlands line-up.

  50. 14:50 Commentary Brazil coach Dunga:  

    "At this stage of the competition, nobody can afford to be over-cautious, you have to play to win. From now on, each game is the World Cup final. There is no time for recriminations and what has happened beforehand is of no consequence now."

  51. 14:53 IT'S SUNNY  

    The teams, led out by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura and their captains Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Lucio, emerge into the sunshine at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Let's listen to two of the great World Cup anthems.

  52. 14:57 Commentary  

    Before the anthems, we had Gio van Bronckhorst and Lucio reading out messages to the crowd on Fifa's anti-discrimination day. We're absolutely closing in on kick-off now.

  53. SMS  

    From Shaggy: "That makes it a little more interesting - the solid Dutch back four have been broken up. Surely an advantage to Brazil!"

  54. 15:01 KICK-OFF Netherlands v Brazil  

    Skippers Gio and Lucio do the honours and before you know it, we're under way in our first World Cup quarter-final. Happy days.

  55. 1 min Commentary  

    The Dutch have had all the very early play and Dirk Kuyt sends a cross into the box, but Robin van Persie goes down and there's nothing doing there. Could be a cagey opening.

  56. 4 mins HANDBAGS  

    Early handbags alert - it's lively. Arjen Robben tries to play a give and go on halfway and is fouled by Dani Alves. A couple of players get involved and Robinho is furious for some reason. Moments later, Felipe Melo kicks Mark van Bommel up into the air.

  57. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "The Dutch are trying to push as high up the field as they possibly can. They don't want to be tested at the back too early on. Van Persie's had a very average World Cup so far."

  58. 7 mins Commentary  

    First signs of the Brazilians knocking it around a bit as Robinho, Dani Alves and Kaka work some decent triangles, but there's no chance at the end of it for Dunga's team.

  59. 8 mins OFFSIDE  

    Oof, that's a great decision by the assistant referee. Dani Alves is slipped through into space on the left and he crosses for Robinho to tap in - but Alves is given offside, and he was, by inches.

  60. 10 mins GOAL Netherlands 0-1 Brazil  

    You have to see this goal to believe it. Felipe Melo is on the halfway line and he plays a simple, direct pass forward where, incredibly, Robinho is onside and 20 yards out - he takes his time before slotting past Maarten Stekelenburg.

  61. 12 mins Commentary  

    The Netherlands try to hit back immediately as Mark van Bommel releases Dirk Kuyt down their left and his shot is saved at the near post by Julio Cesar. By the way, the nearest "defender" to Robinho was Arjen Robben - not sure that's how Total Football should work.

  62. 14 mins YELLOW CARD  

    The Dutch are struggling here. John Heitinga fouls Luis Fabiano off the ball and he is shown a yellow card. He's not one of the ones on a booking already in the tournament, though.

  63. 606  

    From oldrugged: "That was ridiculously easy. What's with Holland?"

  64. 17 mins Commentary  

    Michel Bastos fouls Arjen Robben about 30 yards out and it is perfect for Robin van Persie this, a few yards right of centre. He promptly smacks it about 20 yards over the bar.

  65. SMS  

    From Charles and Mike on tour from Wales: "Cape Town seems to have turned Brazilian, some major celebrations here in the fan park!!!"

  66. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "Any player who's tried to put all his power through a free-kick at this tournament has put it over the bar. The idea with this Jabulani ball is to take a bit off it."

  67. 22 mins Commentary  

    The Netherlands pump a ball into the Brazil box, but that's meat and drink to a goalkeeper like Julio Cesar and he'll catch them all day long. Arjen Robben goes on a little run, but Brazil are getting plenty of people around the winger.

  68. 24 mins Commentary  

    Too much whistle-blowing for my liking, the game just cannot flow at all. It's not all the referee's fault, there are a lot of niggling fouls, but this will suit Brazil as they have the early lead.

  69. 25 mins Commentary  

    What a chance. The Netherlands fail to clear a corner and after a bit of procrastinating Dani Alves finally sends over a second cross from the right - it falls perfectly for Juan seven yards out, but the defender can only blaze over. Right place, wrong player.

  70. 29 mins Commentary  

    Dani Alves whips over a free-kick from the Brazil right and Luis Fabiano has found space 16 yards out after pulling away from his defender - but O Fabuloso can only head well over.

  71. 31 mins Commentary  

    That would be the goal of the tournament - it's absolutely sensational from the Brazilians. Robinho jinks between two defenders down the left, he plays it in to Luis Fabiano, who finds Kaka with a brilliant flick, and from 22 yards Kaka's top corner-bound curler is tipped away superbly by Maarten Stekelenburg. Great stuff.

  72. 606  

    From eirebilly: "RVP is having a Rooney-type tournament. He just doesn't look at all comfortable. You all may laugh but I would replace him with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar very soon."

  73. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "Well done Mark van Bommel. Anyone who can stop Maicon in full flow gets my applause."

  74. 36 mins Commentary  

    Wesley Sneijder fizzes in a free-kick from more than 30 yards, but it flies into the very safe hands of Julio Cesar, arguably the world's best goalkeeper.

  75. 37 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Michel Bastos gets nowhere near the ball and goes straight into the back of Arjen Robben, picking up a yellow card. Dunga is furious and smacks the back of the Brazilian bench with his right hand. Ouch.

  76. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "The movement between Brazil's front three of Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho - and Dani Alves actually - is brilliant. They're so hard to pick up. And all very comfortable in possession."

  77. 39 mins Commentary  

    Now Maicon is penalised for a shove on Dirk Kuyt, and Dunga can barely contain his anger. He is locked in talks with the fourth official, he'd do well to keep his own counsel, the Brazilian coach. It's getting increasingly niggly on the pitch, too.

  78. Twitter  

    From africafeed: "Oh it's 'Total Football' alright. Holland being outplayed, totally."

  79. 43 mins Commentary  

    Robin van Persie sticks his left foot out and fouls Maicon and there's a free-kick every minute at the moment, there's no flow whatsoever to the game. Brazil are in the ascendancy, comfortably.

  80. 45 mins INJURY TIME  

    Into one added minute at the end of a fractured half of football, after Julio Cesar drops a cross but the keeper is spared as his Brazil defence help him out.

  81. 45 mins Commentary  

    Dani Alves tees up the marauding Maicon (that should be his whole name) down the Brazil right and, Carlos Alberto-like, he smashes in a low right-foot shot from just inside the area that Maarten Stekelenburg does well to tip away from his near post.

  82. 15:47 HALF-TIME Netherlands 0-1 Brazil  

    Only one team going to win this at the moment - big 15 minutes coming up for Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk.

  83. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "The Netherlands should be happy with 1-0 because they could easily be 2-0 or 3-0 down at the break."

  84. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "That chance at the end of the half for Maicon - were you thinking what I was thinking? Yes. 1970. Carlos Alberto. Nearly."

  85. 15:55 Commentary  

    The Netherlands have won eight matches in a row, a national record, and they are also unbeaten for 23 games. But Brazil are a different animal - they have lost five out of their last 51 World Cup games since 1974 and have only lost two out of 25 in total in the southern hemisphere - in 1930, to Yugoslavia, and in 1950, to Uruguay.

  86. SMS  

    From Lehlomela Tente in Maseru, Lesotho: "Netherlands will come back. I trust and love them."

  87. 606  

    From candre: "The Netherlands need to be smarter. It's clear that Brazil really fear Robben so he's drawing three, sometimes four Brazilian defenders when he moves inside. The Dutch need to make sure they have one or two men in position to take advantage."

  88. 16:02 Commentary Netherlands 0-1 Brazil  

    Back under way in Port Elizabeth, no changes at the break. Feel free to still get in touch, you're very quiet to say it's quarter-final day: text us on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); hit me on Twitter @Stevo_football and join in the fun on 606.

  89. 47 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Felipe Melo carelessly gives the ball away for Brazil and Arjen Robben races forward, but his touch is heavy and the chance goes begging. Gregory van der Wiel picks up a booking that would rule him out of a potential semi-final.

  90. 49 mins Commentary  

    Juan heads a corner wide and Brazil are still the better of the two teams in Port Elizabeth. The Netherlands just cannot get into their stride.

  91. 50 mins Commentary  

    That sums up the Dutch display so far - Wesley Sneijder tries a volley from 30 yards, but it dribbles harmlessly wide. He's better than that. They all are.

  92. 52 mins Commentary  

    Michel Bastos has already been booked - and he's a lucky, lucky boy to still be on the pitch after taking out Arjen Robben trapped against the Dutch right touchline.

  93. 53 mins GOAL Netherlands 1-1 Brazil  

    Didn't see that coming - and neither did Julio Cesar. Wesley Sneijder curls over a left-footed cross from the Dutch right and Cesar, usually so reliable, comes for it, gets nothing on it and it clips the top of Felipe Melo's head before creeping into the corner. Game. On.

  94. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "It's a difficult one to deal with, but the keeper must clear it. If he's going out there, he must take everything with him. It was a very good ball in. The low trajectory caused the problem."

  95. 57 mins Commentary  

    That is a huge, huge mistake for Julio Cesar to make. The Dutch have suddenly got a spring in their step - this could go either way now. 

  96. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "When they go 1-0 down against Brazil, a lot of teams let their heads go down. That's not the case with the Dutch. They look really confident."

  97. 60 mins Commentary  

    It took them a moment to regain their composure, but Brazil have started knocking it around again now. They need to get Kaka in the game more, especially as it's getting a little bit more stretched.

  98. 62 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Dani Alves sets his sights from 25 yards, but it's always drifting away from the Dutch goal and Maarten Stekelenburg lets it go by. Brazil take off Michel Bastos and send on former Spurs man Gilberto.

  99. Twitter  

    From our friends at Infostrada Sports: "Felipe Melo scored BRA 's the first own goal in 97 matches of World Cup history."

  100. 64 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Nigel de Jong is the next Dutchman to pick up a booking that would rule him out of a potential semi-final, this one for a pull on Robinho as he tries to get away down the left.

  101. 66 mins Commentary  

    So, so close for Kaka. A cross from the Brazil right is sliced to the edge of the box by Andre Ooijer and Kaka takes a touch, lets it bounce and side-foots narrowly wide from 18 yards. He thought it was in, I did too.

  102. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "It's just set up brilliantly this game now, isn't it?"

  103. 68 mins GOAL Netherlands 2-1 Brazil  

    What a story we have unfolding in Port Elizabeth. The Netherlands have come from behind to lead Brazil, the hot favourites for the World Cup. Arjen Robben curls over a corner from the right, Dirk Kuyt flicks on at the near post and there is Wesley Sneijder to head into the corner. Incredible.

  104. 71 mins Commentary  

    Dani Alves commits a needless foul in the Netherlands half - Brazil are starting to panic a bit. They just did not see this coming at all. About 20 minutes for them to save their World Cup campaign.

  105. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "With all the sophistication and delicate passing movements you expect from the Dutch and Brazil, it's the oldest corner in the book that's led to the goal."

  106. 73 mins RED CARD Felipe Melo (Brazil)  

    Brazil's task just got an awful lot harder. Felipe Melo tries to tackle Arjen Robben and when the Dutch winger goes to ground, Melo seems to stamp on him. Yuichi Nishimura immediately gets his red card out and there are few complaints from Melo.

  107. 75 mins Commentary  

    Dani Alves fouls Arjen Robben this time and the Brazilians are fuming - Robinho screams at the Netherlands' man and some of his team-mates are losing it too.

  108. 76 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Andre Ooijer is booked for kicking the ball away and it's rapidly descending into farce, this quarter-final. Even the usually placid Kaka is raging.

  109. 77 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Brazil take off leading striker Luis Fabiano and send on Nilmer.

  110. 606  

    From dziekanowskisboots: "Not much good football but lots of drama."

  111. 80 mins Commentary  

    Robin van Persie gets another free-kick all wrong and balloons miles over from about 28 yards. Brazil are rapidly running out of time.

  112. 82 mins Commentary  

    Maarten Stekelenburg makes a complete mess of a Maicon corner from the Brazil left, but Dirk Kuyt spares his blushes by heading behind for another corner. From the next one, Gilberto Silva's attempted header is gathered easily by the keeper.

  113. 83 mins Commentary  

    More indecisiveness at the back from Brazil as Julio Cesar and Juan fail to communicate properly, but they get away with this one. Can the 10 men summon up a late leveller at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium?

  114. 84 mins Commentary  

    Wesley Sneijder's shot is saved by Julio Cesar, while at the other end Kaka skips past one tackle but sees his effort deflected behind by Andre Ooijer.

  115. 85 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Robin van Persie is taken off again by the Dutch, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar coming on for what they hope are the last few minutes.

  116. SMS  

    Adrie, Hastings: "Wesley Sneijder - Fifa World Player of the Year."

  117. 88 mins Commentary  

    Dirk Kuyt dances past Maicon and then Lucio, but he runs out of energy on the edge of the Brazil box and he cannot get a shot away. The seconds are ticking towards Brazil's impending exit.

  118. 89 mins Commentary  

    Lucio goes on a fabulous run from his own half and when he is 25 yards out Mark van Bommel cynically brings him down. No booking, but Dani Alves fancies this one.

  119. 89 mins Commentary  

    Dani Alves' shot hits the top of the Dutch wall. Still they pour forward, but Robinho cannot keep it in inside the six-yard box and there's a Netherlands goalkick. Tick, tick, tick.

  120. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "Van Bommel's taken over from De Jong now in terms of niggly fouls and getting stuck into people."

  121. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    We are into injury time - Brazil have three minutes to stay alive at the World Cup.

  122. 90 mins Commentary  

    Mark van Bommel fouls Dani Alves and still the Bayern midfielder is not booked.

  123. 90 mins Commentary  

    Kaka's cross is easily gathered by Maarten Stekelenburg. Seconds left.

  124. 16:50 FULL-TIME Netherlands 2-1 Brazil  

    I don't care who you are - that's an incredible World Cup shock. Brazil, the favourites to win the prize, have crashed out in the quarter-finals for the second successive tournament.

  125. 16:52 Commentary  

    The Netherlands players walk slowly around the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, they look like they can barely believe the upset they have just caused. The Dutch are now 24 games unbeaten and have won nine in a row - are they the new favourites to win the World Cup?

  126. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "No argument whatsoever. The better team has won on the day."

  127. 16:56 Commentary  

    I'm reeling. Having spent a bit of time with some Brazilians over the past couple of weeks in Johannesburg, they just had no doubt whatsoever that they would reach the final and probably win the thing. Grown men in the crowd are in floods of tears. Only at the World Cup. Reeling.

  128. 16:59 Commentary  

    Own goal + red card = possibly the most hated man in Brazil right now. Spare a thought for poor Felipe Melo, who had an absolute shocker this afternoon. Now I understand why the Brazilians weren't happy with his inclusion. They were right.

  129. SMS  

    From George: "Dunga experiment is over. Brazil should return to beautiful football."

  130. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "Robinho looked like a little schoolboy in the second half after looking a class act in the first."

  131. 17:05 Commentary  

    Can I just clarify something here? Prior to today, Brazil had lost only two of their 25 World Cup matches in the southern hemisphere - against Yugoslavia in 1930 in their first World Cup match, and the final in the Maracana in 1950. This is a shock of huge proportions. They call the 1950 game 'Maracanazo' - I wonder what they'll call today? Still reeling.

  132. 17:07 Commentary  

    The news just keeps on coming: Chelsea have signed Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool on a three-year deal, while Sunderland have bagged Egyptian international Ahmed Al-Muhammadi on a season-long loan from ENPPI.

  133. 606  

    From pat the rat: "I'm glad Brazil are out, the way the pundits were drooling over them was sickening."

  134. 17:13 Commentary  

    So, where does that leave us, World Cup draw? Well, the Netherlands will now play the winners of tonight's quarter-final between Uruguay and Ghana in Cape Town at 1930 BST on Tuesday. Pictures of Brazilians crying in Port Elizabeth are all over our screens - cue more reeling.

  135. SMS  

    From Mark: "Hup Holland Hup. Germany vs Netherlands final? After all the chat about all-South American semi-finals, we have seen the Europeans start to stamp their feet."

  136. 17:20 Commentary  

    I don't know what more I can add - oh, did I mention I'm reeling? Brazil are out of the World Cup, Netherlands are in the semis, and in just over two hours a few yards up the road, Uruguay and Ghana are going to meet for the right to play the Dutch for a place in the World Cup final. Ree. Ling. Sam Lyon will kick off our coverage, so I'll see you in a few minutes.

By Chris Bevan

The Netherlands produced a stunning second-half comeback to reach the semi-finals as Brazil's World Cup imploded in a dramatic game in Port Elizabeth.

After taking an early lead through Robinho's cool finish, the pre-tournament favourites were pegged back following an awful defensive mix-up early in the second-half and were found wanting in defence again soon afterwards when Wesley Sneijder headed in.

Brazil found themselves in even deeper trouble when Felipe Melo saw red for stamping on Arjen Robben with 17 minutes to go and, although Dunga's side gave everything in a thrilling finale, they crashed out in the quarter-finals for the second successive tournament.

It is the Netherlands who will go forward to play Uruguay or Ghana in the semi-finals and they have blown this World Cup wide open after putting paid to the idea that South American sides were set to dominate in South Africa.

Of the four teams from that continent in the last eight, Brazil were seen as the most likely to progress - and, for the first 45 minutes at least, it appeared they would not have too many problems in doing so.

The Netherlands have won renown for their defensive discipline in the last few weeks but that was nowhere to be seen when Robinho opened the scoring after 10 minutes.

The Dutch back-line had been forced to re-organise before kick-off when Joris Mathijsen was injured in the warm-up, with Andre Ooijer coming in, and he and fellow centre-back John Heitinga left a huge hole for Robinho to run on to Felipe Melo's pass and slot home.

Bert van Marwijk's side, who came into the game on the back of a 23-game unbeaten run, attempted to respond and Dirk Kuyt brought a low save out of Julio Cesar at his near post.

But other than that chance - and a blasted Sneijder free-kick that Julio Cesar also dealt with comfortably - the Netherlands were unable to open up Brazil, who were superbly marshalled at the back by Juan.

Dunga's side were not exactly in full-flow going forward themselves but they would still have been out of sight at half-time had it not been for Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Stekelenburg brilliantly tipped over Kaka's curling shot after a neat move down the left involving Robinho and Luis Fabiano and also got a hand to Maicon's fierce shot after Dani Alves sent him forward on the overlap down the opposite flank.

It seemed Brazil were still in full control but that all changed after the interval when they gifted the Dutch an equaliser that completely changed the course of the game.

Sneijder whipped in a cross from the right after a quick free-kick and Julio Cesar, in trying to punch clear, only succeeded in colliding with Felipe Melo and the ball flicked off his team-mate's head and flew into the net.

Brazil took time to regain their composure but they remained a threat and Kaka came within inches of restoring their lead when he clipped the ball wide after latching on to Ooijer's clumsy clearance.

The Dutch, however, sensed a weakness at the heart of the South Americans' defence and they took full advantage after 68 minutes when another cross caused chaos in the Brazil back-line.

Kuyt flicked on Robben's corner at the near post and Sneijder headed in, sending the army of Oranje fans at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium wild with elation

From being well on top, Dunga's side were now chasing the game and their hopes of rescuing their World Cup were dealt a huge blow when Felipe Melo inexplicably stamped on Robben after conceding a free-kick five minutes later.

Despite being a man down, the five-time champions had no choice but to throw men forward, and left huge gaps at the back in the final few minutes.

The closest Brazil came to saving themselves were a succession of Maicon corners, from one of which Lucio had a goalbound shot deflected wide.

But the Netherlands had several chances to add a third goal in final few minutes too, with Sneijder having a shot saved and Klass Jan Huntelaar hesitating when he had the simple task of teeing up Dirk Kuyt from six yards out.

Netherlands Netherlands Flag 2-1 Brazil Flag Brazil FT

(HT 0-1)

Sneijder, 53, 68
Robinho, 10






  • Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • Referee: Nichimura
  • Attendance: 40,186
Netherlands     Brazil
  • Possession 42%
  • Attempts on target 6
  • Attempts off target 3
  • Corners 4
  • Fouls 17

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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