BBC Sport world-cup-2010


Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands

By Jonathan Stevenson & Chris Bevan
  1. 13:05 Commentary  

    So, how've you been? Found anything non-football-related to fill the time in? Nope, me neither. Lucikly, South African telly has been showing the four cracking quarters on a loop since they finished, so I've survived. Even so, thank goodness it's World Cup semi-final day.

  2. 13:11 Commentary  

    This evening in Cape Town, the first of the 2010 World Cup finalists will be decided. Either way, it will be a team that hasn't reached the showpiece occasion of football since many of us were born. 1930 and 1950 winners Uruguay and 1974 and 1978 runners-up the Netherlands, it's over to you.

  3. 13:16 Commentary  

    Now then, are you just gonna sit there all day and read my faff? Is that really how you want to spend the best part of 6 July 2010? If it is (you legend), the least you can do is help me out with your top World Cup chattage. Remember how? Sure you do: I'm on Twitter @Stevo_football; I'm on text via the numbers 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and I've started a 606 page in your honour. Now do those honours.

  4. Twitter  

    From fezbob: "Finally my life will regain all its meaning and purpose at 7:30 today."

  5. 13:23 Commentary  

    Here’s some sort of sketchy plan for today’s proceedings: I’ll be with you until about 1500 BST, when a certain Chris Bevan will step in for a couple of hours. He’ll set the scene from Cape Town and then when he decides to hit the stadium, I’ll welcome you back to Jo’burg. It’ll be almost seamless, you’ll see.

  6. 606  

    From Pride Of The North: "Uruguay have done well this year and I've been impressed with Forlan, he's carried his La Liga form into this tournament and doesn't look out of place amongst the world's best. I do have Holland in the work sweepstake, though, so keep up the good work Wesley!"

  7. 13:30 Commentary  

    Hey, are you in the UK? Do you like Football Focus? If the answer to both questions is 'yes', can I hopefully helpfully point you in the direction of Manish Bhasin and the boys as they review the World Cup so far and look ahead to the semis? If either of the answers are 'no', I humbly apologise.

  8. SMS  

    From Dave: "Sitting in an office close to Amsterdam, full of very quiet and nervous Dutch colleagues. Luckily I can enjoy the game tonight, and hopefully the party. I'm English (OK, British). It seems a long time ago that we went home, still gutted."

    You're in Amsterdam. Today. Stop being gutted.

  9. 13:39 Commentary  

    For people like our Dave, below, who simply cannot get over England's dismal World Cup, I have some news: Steven Gerrard says he will not retire from international football and will do everything he can to "make amends for what happened".

  10. 606  

    From Torresque: "Would it be amazingly controversial to say that this is Uruguay's first real test at this World Cup?"

    *Creeps slowly away from chat*

  11. 13:47 Commentary  

    Breaking news: Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas is an injury doubt for their semi-final against Germany on Wednesday. The Arsenal skipper injured his leg in training and has gone to hospital to undergo tests and an MRI scan in Durban. Keep you posted.

  12. Twitter  

    From TwanSpierts: "It's not that busy yet at the Fifa Fan Fest in Cape Town. Surprisingly there's not that much orange yet as well."

  13. Twitter  

    From DJwubwub: "I can't imagine the emptiness I will feel between the final on Sunday and the start of pre-season friendlies nine days later."

  14. 13:57 Commentary  

    You know, I'd be pretty amazed if the Uruguayan striker who get sent off against Ghana wasn't mentioned a fair bit today, and I've no interest in stopping you from discussing anything that's on your mind. It's a monumentally big issue, as Paul Fletcher's "hero or villain" blog on the subject proved. But it’d probably be nice if we could find other stuff to talk about too, wouldn’t it? Just saying.

  15. 14:00 Commentary  

    With only five-and-a-half hours left until kick-off, it's decision time. No, not for Oscar Tabarez and Bert van Marwijk, but for you. I'm offering you a choice of two predos for tonight's game, and you can only have one: either mine, or my nephew's. So, that's a football journalist with eight years experience at the BBC, or a three-year-old. I await your vote with interest.

  16. SMS  

    Dan the chef: "As great as this World Cup has been, it will be good to start earning some money again instead of feigning a reason to leave work early every shift."

  17. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    On Twitter: "The Waterfront in Cape Town is filling up with Dutch fans - who are quite noisy too!"

  18. 14:14 Commentary  

    What I think has really been lacking during this World Cup is a daily graphic which, to scale, shows the footballers per mention they get on Facebook, wouldn't you agree? What do you mean this does exist?! Then it's true - this really is the perfect tournament.

  19. Twitter  

    From OptaJoe: "The only World Cup semi-final won by more than a one-goal margin since 1986 was GER v ITA in 2006 and that was after extra-time. Cagey."

  20. 14:23 Commentary  

    Hmm, the top ten Dutch World Cup goals - that's not going to be too shabby, is it? Personal favourites include Arie Haan's ridiculous 40-yard swerver and Dennis Bergkamp's moment of outrageous skill in 1998. If you want to hear something awesome, have a search around for Jack van Gelder's commentary on that moment. It's just gold.

  21. 14:28 Commentary  

    In even lighter news, Paul the psychic octopus has enraged his countrymen by turning his back on form team Germany and instead tipped their Euro 2008 conquerors Spain to win Wednesday’s second semi-final in Durban. The footballing foreseer (you can have that one for free) has successfully predicted all five of Germany’s results in South Africa, and had an 80% success rate at the Euros. The one he messed up? The final, when Paul foolishly went for Germany over the Spaniards. Those pesky cephalopod mollusks, eh?

  22. 606  

    From SleepingSpurs: "This is the end of the line for Uruguay. They were far from impressive at the back against Ghana and were very vulnerable from crosses. They're missing key players too. Can't see them scoring without Suarez, can't see them keeping a clean sheet for 120 minutes."

  23. SMS  

    From Tony in Rotterdam: "Now sitting in the centre of Rotterdam in a cafe with my Dutch colleagues, the party is definitely warming up and as a Brit I think I am looking forward to this more than they are. The nerves are beginning to show - but not about tonight's game. They are more worried about possibly meeting the Germans in the final."

  24. 14:39 Commentary  

    You know, if you don’t like orange, you’d probably be better off not watching video of what’s been going on in Amsterdam in recent times. I’ll be honest - there’s a lot of orange. Brilliantly, it includes a chat with the owner of the only Uruguayan restaurant in the city. There's always one, isn't there?

  25. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    On Twitter: "The Waterfront hasn't turned completely Oranje though. I just bumped into a Uruguay-supporting Zebra."

  26. 14:47 Commentary  

    Uruguay striker Sebastian Abreu could have a very important role to play this evening, especially in the absence of the suspended you-know-who. My colleague Paul Fletcher wrote a blog on the intriguing hitman: "Abreu has a cohesive presence and is regarded as the captain without the armband," said Fletcher.

  27. SMS  

    From Sunil: "Talking of Suarez, Stevo, would you do what he did if you were in that position to keep your team in the biggest sporting competition ever?"

    I'd do what Suarez did. Wouldn't everyone?

  28. 14:55 Commentary  

    Wonder no longer what BBC pundit and Netherlands legend Clarence Seedorf thinks about this Dutch side and their hopes going into tonight’s game. “The Dutch players know what it takes to win. They are not worried about playing well or looking good anymore. Psychologically, they are in good shape. I believe they can go all the way.” Bang.

  29. 14:59 Commentary  

    Right then. It's time for me to hand over to Chris Bevan in Cape Town, a city swarming with expectant football fans as I type these very words. I'd be astonished if I didn't see you in a couple of short South African hours. Oh, and the people have spoken (see 14:00) - I'm officially binned.

  30. 15:03 Commentary  

    Hello. Yes, I'm Chris Bevan and welcome to Cape Town, scene of tonight's semi-final between the Netherlands and Uruguay. We are still around four hours away from kick-off but it is already quite lively down here, I can tell you. Lots of people wearing lots of orange have arrived in town, and are making lots of noise.

  31. 15:08 Commentary  

    Give this page a quick manual refresh, and we will resume. Right you know who is talking to you now - and this is what I look like after 30 straight days of covering the greatest football tournament on this planet. Yes, the strain is beginning to show. No, I'm not the man wearing orange.

  32. 15:11 Commentary  

    Whether you are part of the Oranje Army or a lover of La Celeste, I want to hear from you. Yes, I know you sometimes speak in Double Dutch but I still think Uruguay (or girl) who knows what he (or she) is talking about. So, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), I'm on Twitter @chrisbevan_bbc or join the chat on 606.

  33. 15:15 Commentary  

    Both these sides have already been to South Africa's Mother City once in this tournament, and its great to see them back here. It feels like several years since Uruguay started their campaign with a 0-0 draw against France (in fact in was on 11 June) and they have already shown they have got a great deal more to offer than they did in that bore-draw. The Dutch? They rounded off their group campaign with a 2-1 win over Cameroon on 24 June, and have continued to improve ever since.

  34. SMS  

    From Berry: "Holland to edge out Uruguay in a tight game tonight. Germany will beat Spain tomorrow. On Sunday the Dutch will finally be as good as they can be and do what they should have done in '74, which is demolish the Germans."

  35. 15:23 Commentary  

    Here's some good news. If you want to kill a bit of time until kick-off and are fed up of me already. World Cup Motty is answering your questions live now on Twitter.

  36. 15:27 Commentary  

    World Cup Motty is a busy man - and here's one he prepared earlier. You've heard what Paul the psychic octupus thinks about Spain-Germany tomorrow, but what about World Cup Motty on tonight's game? Motty feels Uruguay have had an easier route to the semi-finals and that, after their win on penalties over Ghana, they might have used up all of their luck. "Somehow or other, I see the Dutch making it through," Motty says. "they have got a little bit more creativity and firepower than Uruguay."

  37. SMS  

    From Jasper, a Dutchman in London: "Not been this nervous since the Euro '88 final! Day is going way too slow!! Should be a good party in Soho should we win tonight!"

  38. 15:35 Commentary  

    Around 30,000 Dutchmen and women turned up for that Cameroon match last month, and there are a similar number back for today's game... maybe more. I went over to Robben Island (which was a fascinating trip) with a boat-load of them on Sunday, and most of the ones I spoke to were pretty confident that they would be heading to Johannesburg next, rather than Port Elizabeth (which I'm told is a lovely place, but is hosting the game that no-one wants to play in - the third-place play-off).

  39. SMS  

    Arturo, Uruguay fan in London: "Hi! Holland will have to pass an exam on history and tradition in football to get to the final. And do not forget about the mystique of La Celeste..."

  40. 15:46 Commentary  

    Uruguay may only be a small country, with a population of around 3.5m, but it has got a famous footballing history and, depending on what happens between now and the end of the week, a fantastic footballing future too. If you're not sure what winning the World Cup for a third time (and the first time in 60 years) would mean to this South American nation then you should check out Jonathan Stevenson's blog, which is about exactly that. Apparently, thousands of people are celebrating on the streets already, so try to imagine what their reaction would be if La Celeste get their hands on the trophy on Sunday. Something really special, I would have thought.

  41. SMS  

    From Dave in Cardiff: "Holland are on course to the first, and most likely, only team ever to win every single World Cup final match after winning every single World Cup qualif ying match."


    I'm not doubting Dave in Cardiff, but is this right. I vaguely remember that Brazil did not even lose a World Cup qualifying game until 1993, so they might have done this before, if anyone has?

  42. 16:02 Commentary  

    Blimey. there seem to be two hot topics over on 606, where everyone is talking about punishing Uruguay's hand-ball hero Luis Suarez or dispensing of the third-place match. In fact, some people are talking about dispensing of Luis Suarez before the third-place match - hopefully Fifa won't bring in a rule to do that though. My thoughts? Anyone would have done what he did, but he should not be crowing about it now.

  43. SMS  

    From Big Al: "In the Amsterdam office. Wearing our orange shirts. Getting very excited. Quite gutted as I’ll be on holiday in UK If Holland get to the final. I will wear my orange shirt with pride, but will miss celebrating with my countrymen in Amsterdam."

  44. 16:18 Commentary  

    I've got some answers (well an answer!) to my query about Cardiff Dave's claim below. MrWirth on Twitter tells me that, in 1970, Brazil won every World Cup qualifier and finals game on their way to lifting the Jules Rimet trophy for a third time (they got to keep it but it was stolen in 1983 and is believed to have been melted down).

  45. 16:25 Commentary  

    Remember how the whole of Africa got behind Ghana for their quarter-final with Uruguay? Impressive, wasn't it? Well, South America are doing it now (remember when they were the continent that was meant to be dominating this World Cup?), with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva (who has just arrived in Kenya) saying: "We will all be fans of Uruguay after Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay were knocked out so that Uruguay are world champions. I have nothing against the European countries, but I want everything to be in favour of the Mercosur (a customs union between those four South American nations along the lines of the European Community)."

  46. 16:28 Commentary  

    I never thought I would be writing about the Mercosur in a live text commentary, or that I would use as many sets of brackets in a single paragraph as I just did. Still, I do try to make these text commentaries educational as well as entertaining (although you might argue they are actually neither).

  47. 606  

    From UachtaránHartley: "I can see the Uruguayans really frustrating the Dutch tonight. I can see goalless after 120 minutes and Uruguay win on penalties."

  48. 16:42 Commentary  

    Just one more thing to add from 16:25. Could you see the rest of Europe supporting England or, say, Germany if they were the only European nation left? Nope, me neither (Everyone likes the Dutch though, don't they?) so fair play to the African and South American nations for getting behind their neighbours, although I always feel sorry for Antarctica at times like this. They are the continent that always get a bit left out during World Cups... when will their time come?

  49. 606  

    From Farslayer: "It's weird. In a country so full of exotic wildlife like South Africa, not one creature has invaded the pitch yet! Oh, I'm glad it is not the fans but I would like to see a scorpion, cheetah or whatnot to give more of an African feel!"


    Hmmm. Not sure I totally agree with this... some African penguins might be a nice touch if they managed to get past security, but I don't want to see any lions/leopards/cheetahs trying to sneak into Cape Town Stadium tonight, mainly because I will be there too.

  50. SMS  

    From Dan in London: "Re 16:42. Probably not until those penguins learn to stop diving."

  51. SMS  

    From a Kiwi in London: "Not bothered who wins today as I want either Germany or Spain to win the World Cup. And that will mean the only team not to lose at this World Cup is NEW ZEALAND."

  52. 17:15 Commentary  

    Right, just under two-and-a-half-hours until kick-off of the first semi-final of the 2010 World Cup? Are you as excited as me? Yep, I thought so. I've just poked my head out of BBC HQ in Cape Town to see that a stream of Netherlands and Uruguay fans are already heading for the stadium (which we are located right next door too). There's a lot more orange than sky-blue, but then there are a lot of Dutch expats living in the Cape area - and an awful lot seem to have turned up just for the match.

  53. SMS  

    From Warren in Manchester: "So excited. I've followed Uruguay passionately since watching el principe, Enzo Francescoli, in 1986. I just can't believe that the Celeste are 2 games away from winning the World Cup for a third time. Vamos Uruguay. Soy Celeste. Viva Oscar Tabarez."

  54. 17:22 Commentary  

    Right, that's me done in terms of text commentary today. I'm going to grab a bite to eat and join the hordes of people heading to Cape Town Stadium. Jonathan Stevenson will take you through the rest of the build-up and the game itself, and you will probably hear from me too - especially if those lions turn up.

  55. 17:28 Commentary  

    Oh, hiya. As Chris Bevan dashes off to Cape Town Stadium to find his seat and settle in, you’ve just made the 1,400-odd kilometre journey back to Johannesburg. Don’t worry, we’ll be hearing from him again in due course, that I can promise you.

  56. 17:34 Commentary  

    I’m Jonathan Stevenson, as you’ll immediately see if you refresh your page. This is the 22nd matchday of the 2010 World Cup, and it’s the 22nd day that I’ve welcomed you to Johannesburg. I can’t actually remember what I used to do with my life, and I don’t really want to find out. Let’s get stuck into the semis.

  57. 17:39 Commentary  

    Is there any danger of you dropping me some chat, anyway? I mean I don’t want to get medieval on you, but there’s been a dearth this afternoon so it’s time to raise your game. Text me on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); whack me a tweet @Stevo_football and get in the 606 mixer too. I'm waiting.

  58. Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "German training session in Durban packed with photographers ahead of the World Cup semi-final v Spain."

  59. 17:47 Commentary  

    We are due to kick-off in Cape Town at 1930 BST in the first World Cup semi-final, with Germany v Spain getting under way on Wednesday at the same time. Bring you the line-ups as soon as we have them, should be about half an hour or so.

  60. Twitter  

    From fabboyslim: "Not quite sure what to expect tonight from Uruguay, hope they don't sit. If they do the Dutch will be like a coiled spring."

  61. 17:54 Commentary Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez:  

    “We have a long way to go because the world now is very different to the first half of the 20th century when Uruguay never lost matches in the World Cup. Uruguay then is very different to now. Footballers leave to go to Europe and this weakens our football. It is almost utopian talking about Uruguay being a world power again.”

  62. 17:58 Commentary Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk:  

    "I have immense respect for what players in the past have achieved for the Netherlands, but I didn't come to this tournament to wring my hands at reaching the final. That isn't enough, we have come here to win the final. We have come here for the ultimate prize and we will only enjoy this tournament if we win it."

  63. 606  

    From birdseyeview: "Prediction: Sneijder will score every goal (at least according to Fifa). Uruguay struggle without Suarez in goal."

  64. 18:04 Commentary  

    It's probably worth me pointing out at this stage that those players who have picked up one yellow card in the tournament so far will NOT be banned from a potential final if they get another one tonight. Thankfully.

  65. SMS  

    Daran in Den Haag: "In the same pub as Friday, the beer is still dripping off the ceiling. More of the same please! Hop Holland Hop!"

  66. 18:12 Commentary Suspended this evening:  

    Uruguay: Jorge Fucile, Luis Suarez.
    Netherlands: Gregory van der Wiel, Nigel de Jong.

  67. 18:14 Commentary Uruguay v Netherlands line-ups:  

    Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 3-Diego Godin, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 5-Walter Gargano, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 22-Martin Caceres, 15-Diego Perez, 11-Alvaro Pereira, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 10-Diego Forlan.
    Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 12-Khalid Boulahrouz, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 14-Demy de Zeeuw, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.
    Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan).

  68. 18:19 Commentary  

    “Hey World Cup Motty - using your infinite footballing wisdom, what’s gonna happen in Cape Town tonight?” I hear you cry. Top question. “Uruguay have had the easier of the routes and I think they might have used up most of their luck,” says the great man. Dare you disagree with the arch-commentator covering his 10th finals?

  69. SMS  

    From STIG: "Expect the Dutch to dominate possession (60%+) and Uruguay will look to catch them on the break. Tight game unless Dutch score early doors. Forlan to give Dutch defence a torrid time!"

  70. 18:27 Commentary  

    Spurs fans, I bring you bad tidings. Here’s brilliant Uruguay striker Diego Forlan, linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid: “Tottenham are a club who are going in the right direction but I have no interest in joining the Premier League with anyone. For a start, Spain is much hotter and also it is my home now.” Nuff said.

  71. 18:30 Commentary  

    See 14:00 and 14:59: the boy has spoken. His dad takes up the story: "The oracle reckons 0-0, with Netherlands winning on penalties. If he's wrong, then it's clear that he's not the messiah, just a very naughty boy." I know what you're thinking - funny family, that one. Thanks for sparing me anyway, Nath.

  72. 18:34 Commentary Uruguay v Netherlands team news:  

    So, Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez makes four changes with Jorge Fucile and Luis Suarez suspended and Diego Lugano and Alvaro Fernandez injured, with Diego Godin, Walter Gargano, Martin Caceres and Egidio Arevalo coming in. Frontman Diego Forlan takes over the captain's armband in Lugano's absence. Joris Mathijsen returns for the Netherlands after missing the quarter-final through injury, but with Gregory van der Wiel and Nigel de Jong banned, Khalid Boulahrouz and Demy de Zeeuw are drafted in as the other two changes to the team that beat Brazil.

  73. Twitter  

    From CUTENAIJA: "Watch out for Fifa World Player of the Year contender Wesley Sneijder doing it just like he did in the Champions League."

  74. SMS  

    Mehluli in Zimbabwe: "Re 18:19, I totally agree with the great World Cup Motty. Uruguay have come to the end of the road in this World Cup. They’ve played well but the Sneijder and Robben-inspired Dutch team will prove too strong an opponent."

  75. 18:46 Commentary  

    Let’s hit the form guide, shall we? Uruguay are unbeaten in their last seven World Cup matches and have conceded only two goals in the tournament so far, scoring seven. The Netherlands are breaking records with every game - they have won nine in a row and are unbeaten in 24, both national bests. If they can win their semi and final, they will become only the second team to record a “perfect World Cup campaign” after Brazil in 1970, by winning every qualification and finals match.

  76. 18:51 Commentary  

    Um, you're still very quiet. Are you OK? Is the size of the occasion overwhelming you? No, thought not. Come on: 
    Join in the 606 debate;
    Hit me a tweet @Stevo_football;
    Send us a text on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

  77. 606  

    From mysticshrimp: "Uruguay will have a player sent off. Netherlands will win. Vuvuzuelas will be blown."

  78. 18:57 Commentary  

    Just watching the players warming-up on the pitch in Cape Town on a Fifa telly feed. That Arjen Robben, what a show off. Great skills from the flying Dutchman (that's my one for the night, promise).

  79. 19:02 Commentary Previous history:  

    These two have met four times with Uruguay winning three of them, including in 1924 and 1928 on their way to Olympic football victories. Their only World Cup encounter came in 1974, when Johan Cruyff and his boys triumphed 2-0, a game Diego Forlan's dad Pablo played in. The last meeting came in 1980 at the Mundialito, a tournament to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first World Cup. Uruguay won 2-0.

  80. 19:06 Commentary Dutch legend Ruud Gullit:  

    "Everybody expects this to be the moment. We have been twice to the final. The difference is that this time we won't play the hosts - because in West Germany in 1974, we had to play against West Germany and in Argentina in 1978 we had to face Argentina. This is a great opportunity.”

  81. 19:08 Commentary  

    Here's what the great Uruguayan Enzo Francescoli said on 21 June, before they had even qualified for the last 16: "They need to believe in themselves. I hope Uruguay can reach the final. I’d love them to, but they shouldn’t set that as an objective for themselves."

  82. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor  

    "Having won all of these games in a row, they have got to be favourites for this one, the Netherlands. But they do have a history of missing out, of not winning when they are expected to win, haven't they?"

  83. SMS  

    From Frank: "The rain is lashing down here in Montevideo, but the carnival atmosphere is incredible. Flags are selling like hot cakes, and the main square is absolutely bursting. Vamos arriba La Celeste!"

  84. SMS  

    From Stu: "In Amsterdam with 10,000 Dutch fans in Museum Square. Carnival atmosphere laced with nervous tension, all hoping the boys in Orange don’t underestimate Uruguay."

  85. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "Right, I’ve fought my way through a torrent of orange-clad people (including one bloke with a big road sign attached to his head - wouldn’t like to be sat behind him), and finally located my seat which for a while did not seem to exist. I don’t know about you but I am just about ready to experience my first World Cup semi-final. Definitely more Dutch fans here but lots of Brazilians (who probably thought they would be playing tonight) are bolstering the South American support. Let's hope we are in for a cracker."

  86. 19:18 Commentary Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez:  

    "Up till now, we feel very happy with what we have done. Not so much in our footballing performance, but in terms of recent football history in Uruguay. It is the effect it has had for the Uruguay people, especially for young people who have never seen anything like this. It has happened at a time when no-one believed it could happen. It is like we are at a party that we weren't invited to. But I think we have the right to stay at that party. It simply depends on us."

  87. 19:20 Commentary Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk:  

    "If you see Uruguay’s passion it could serve as an example for us. You always have to go on your own strength and stay close to your own football culture, but there are always things you can learn from other teams."

  88. 19:23 Commentary  

    Referee Ravshan Irmatov leads the teams out, closely followed by Uruguay (who just had a huddle in the tunnel) captain-for-the-day Diego Forlan and Dutch skipper Gio van Bronckhorst. Me = very excited.

  89. 19:24 Commentary  

    Awesome, it's national anthem time.

  90. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "Quite a few English flags here as well - representing Port Vale, Birmingham City and Brighton to name but three of the teams. You might remember this was 'meant' to be a Brazil-England semi-final. That didn't quite happen did it? Anyway, Cape Town Stadium is slowly filling up and it is predominantly one colour - you know which one."

  91. 19:27 Commentary  

    Two great anthems I now know very, very well are rattled off and we are on the brink of kick-off in Cape Town between two countries with fabulous footballing histories.

  92. 19:30 KICK-OFF Uruguay v Netherlands  

    I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that the first semi-final in the 2010 World Cup is under way. The bad news is that the stadium isn't full for the occasion. Maybe let's focus on the good news, eh?

  93. Contributor BBC World Service's Vladimir Hernandez  

    On Twitter: "It will be interesting to see what Uruguay midfield pair Arevalo and Perez can do against a De Jong-less Netherlands midfield."

  94. 2 mins Commentary  

    Couple of meaty challenges to set the tone for the evening, and it's Uruguay who have enjoyed the better of the very, very early stages in Cape Town.

  95. 4 mins Commentary  

    Chance alert. Arjen Robben skins Martin Caceres down the Dutch right and when a cross comes in Fernando Muslera doesn't get enough on his punch - from about 14 yards, Dirk Kuyt smashes a right-foot shot over the bar. Probably should have hit the target.

  96. 606  

    From wildsnooker: "Uruguay are fit and organised and I can see them scoring first. How would Holland react would be my question. Don't like the Dutch backline at all. And I seem to be the only one on Uruguay tonight."

  97. 8 mins Commentary  

    It's a pretty low-key start in all honesty, the teams just feeling each other out. You can't blame them - it's the biggest moment of every single one of these players' careers.

  98. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "Netherlands have not really put anything together yet. Uruguay look like the team in command. You can't fault the way the Uruguayans have got through this tournament."

  99. 10 mins Commentary  

    Dutch danger again as Dirk Kuyt swings over a cross from the Netherlands left and Arjen Robben just cannot get a header on target. Early test for Fernando Muslera's handling, but he deals with the rebound well.

  100. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "It’s not been the most thrilling of starts - even the vuvuzelas have been silenced, which is a first for Cape Town at this World Cup - and there is a bit of a flat atmosphere right now. Everyone is waiting for something to happen, including the players. The Netherlands have come forward with a bit more purpose than Uruguay so far, but not much."

  101. 13 mins Commentary  

    Uruguay's defence looks a little shaky and Wesley Sneijder's snap-shot from 20 yards hits his own team-mate Robin van Persie, sparing Fernando Muslera from having to make a save. Don't forget, if telly's your thing, this one's live on ITV and if you're in Scotland on STV.

  102. Contributor BBC Sport's Jonathan Pearce  

    "You can see already how much Uruguay are missing the movement of Luis Suarez."

  103. 18 mins GOAL Uruguay 0-1 Netherlands  

    Queue up for one of the goals of the tournament. The Netherlands work it from right to left and when the ball gets to Giovanni van Bronckhorst 35 yards out to the left, it looks like he's got very little on. But the 35-year-old conjures up an absolute screamer, sending a stunning left-foot drive into the top corner, just flicking the fingertips of Fernando Muslera on its way into the postage stamp. Magnificent.

  104. 20 mins Commentary  

    Robin van Persie threatens again, but Diego Godin deals with the danger inside his own penalty area. Uruguay need to be careful here, because the Dutch are all of a sudden in control.

  105. 22 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Uruguay's Maxi Pereira is the first man into the book after fouling Arjen Robben.

  106. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "Wow what a shot, but I've got to look at the goalkeeper. It didn't have terrific pace but I don't think the goalkeeper anticipated it coming and he never moved his feet. It's a great strike but he should have seen it earlier."

  107. Twitter  

    From samcoulton: "The entire pub just burst into applause for that goal."

  108. 25 mins Commentary  

    Fair to say Uruguay are behind the eight ball in many ways. They are 1-0 down, have only had 37% possession and haven't mustered a chance worthy of the name as of yet.

  109. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "The first reaction from the masses of Dutch fans behind Fernando Muslera’s goal to that Giovanni van Bronckhorst rocket was stunned silence. Once they realised what had just happened, they went absolutely crazy. I was just about say that the Netherlands needed Arjen Robben to get more involved in this game - he had switched wings to go over to the right - but they are definitely not Robben-reliant if players like Van Bronckhorst can produce strikes like that."

  110. 27 mins HANDBAGS  

    Now Uruguay are getting into the action - but unfortunately, not in a good way. Martin Caceres tries an overhead kick on the edge of the Dutch box and he boots Demy de Zeeuw flush in the face. De Zeeuw's team-mates are furious, but Caceres had his eye on the ball, it's an unfortunate accident. Ouch.

  111. 30 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Demy de Zeeuw groggily gets up and he might be OK to continue. But in the ensuing melee, Wesley Sneijder put his hand around Martin Caceres' head and Caceres fell to the ground. Sneijder and Caceres are both booked.

  112. 31 mins Commentary  

    Top defending from Martin Caceres at the other end, sticking with Arjen Robben inside the Uruguay box after he'd been slipped in by Robin van Persie. Thankfully Demy de Zeeuw is back on.

  113. 32 mins Commentary  

    A cross comes into the Netherlands area and Giovanni van Bronckhorst leans across Edinson Cavani, who goes down theatrically. There are a few more angry exchanges - no love lost between these two teams at the moment.

  114. SMS  

    Ted Clinch: "Even Luis Suarez wouldn't have been able to stop that goal."

  115. 36 mins Commentary  

    Well, at least it's a shot. Edinson Cavani goes down again 30 yards from the Dutch goal but the ref waves play on and Alvaro Pereira takes up possession, curling a tame left-footer into the arms of the as yet untested Maarten Stekelenburg.

  116. 38 mins Commentary  

    Uruguay are asserting themselves on the game a little more and Bert van Marwijk is hovering around his technical area, not looking best pleased. A cross comes in from the Uruguay left but Diego Forlan is too far out and his header from 15 yards flashes well wide.

  117. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "The Dutch have sat back since they scored but give Uruguay credit they have upped their tempo slightly and are starting to ask a few questions. They are taking the ball off the Netherlands easily and I'm surprised at the lack of movement from the Dutch players."

  118. 40 mins Commentary  

    It's just a bit lifeless. Arjen Robben sets up Dirk Kuyt on the left, but he cuts in and his right-foot effort is saved at the near post.

  119. 40 mins GOAL Uruguay 1-1 Netherlands  

    Not so lifeless now. Uruguay captain Diego Forlan collects the ball 35 yards from the Netherlands goal, turns into some space in a central position and lets fly with a left-foot shot that seems to swerve in the air and bamboozle Maarten Stekelenburg, who can only help the ball one-handed high into his own net.

  120. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "I don't know if there is any deflection but if there's not the goalkeeper has got to hold his hands up. He doesn't even need to jump."

  121. 44 mins Commentary  

    Diego Forlan is flying now and he curls a free-kick goalwards from 30 yards - this time Maarten Stekelenburg collects comfortably by his left-hand post.

  122. 45 mins INJURY TIME  

    Into two added minutes at the end of the first half in Cape Town.

  123. 20:17 HALF-TIME Uruguay 1-1 Netherlands  

    I thought the Jabulani was making long-range goals impossible? Gio van Bronckhorst and Diego Forlan's long-range strikes mean we're level pegging in Cape Town.

  124. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "More stunned silence from the Dutch fans after that Diego Forlan equaliser, and Maarten Stekelenburg knows he has made a howler there. Giovanni van Bronkhorst had to pick him up off the floor afterwards, with the Netherlands keeper still shaking his head. The whole of the Uruguay bench joined virtually the whole team in mobbing Forlan on the touchline afterwards - the South Americans have done very little in this half but they are right back in this game now."

  125. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor  

    "Their goal seemed to slow the Dutch down. They have basically played keep ball and they forgot that there is a goal up the other end. They need to be sharper and quicker, get the ball to Van Persie and get him playing."

  126. SMS  

    From Anish Kapadia: "Diego Forlan: Fergie's worst ever signing and worst ever sale."

  127. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "It was a poor first half but Uruguay worked hard to get themselves back in it. I'd like to see the Dutch up the tempo, they can play a whole lot better and if they do that they will win it."

  128. Twitter  

    From OptaJoe: "Diego Forlan is the first player to score three goals outside the box in a single World Cup since Lothar Matthaus in 1990."

  129. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  


    "It was an extremely cagey first 45 minutes, interrupted by one moment of brilliance and another of madness. The Dutch will feel they deserve to be ahead from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s scorching strike but they did not look too interested in trying to build on their lead and paid the price with Maarten Stekelenburg’s making a hash of what should have been a routine save to gift Uruguay an equaliser. All to play for in the second half then, but I really hope it’s better than what we’ve just seen."

  130. 20:33 SUBSTITUTION Uruguay 1-1 Netherlands  

    Bert van Marwijk clearly as unimpressed by the Netherlands' first-half display as a lot of you - he's sent on Rafael van der Vaart at the break in place of Demy de Zeeuw. Attacking midfielder for a defensive one - and we're back under way.

  131. 48 mins Commentary  

    Robin van Persie tries to play a one-two with Wesley Sneijder, but his pass isn't accurate enough and the move breaks down. Van Persie has been too quiet, again.

  132. 51 mins Commentary  

    The Dutch aren't making life any easier for themselves. Khalid Boulahrouz's back-pass is a bit short and Edinson Cavani challenges the keeper - when Maarten Stekelenburg's clearance hits Cavani the striker tees up Alvaro Pereira, but his floated effort is headed away from danger by Gio van Bronckhorst.

  133. 606  

    From blueJ2: "The Dutch need to provide some support for Van Persie. He can't do it all his own - he's not Forlan."

  134. 54 mins Commentary  

    A Wesley Sneijder free-kick into the Uruguay area is flicked on by Joris Mathijsen, but it drifts harmlessly out for a goalkick. The Dutch need to raise the tempo, it's just so slow and predictable right now.

  135. 57 mins Commentary  

    A Uruguay corner from the left is half-punched clear by Maarten Stekelenburg, but Maxi Pereira's drilled shot from 20 yards is blocked by a Dutch defender. Uruguay are the better team right now in this World Cup semi-final.

  136. Contributor BBC World Service's Vladimir Hernandez  

    On Twitter: "Uruguay's strategy of three holding midfielders seems to have kept Robben under control, interesting to see if it will hold out the whole match."

  137. 60 mins Commentary  

    Uruguay definitely look the more dangerous of the teams at the moment, but a cross from the left is flicked on by Diego Forlan and easily gathered by Maarten Stekelenburg.

  138. SMS  

    Rob, Newbury: "THE big questions of the 2010 World Cup - when, why, and by whom was Van Bommel granted immunity for all fouls?"

  139. 62 mins Commentary  

    Robin van Persie peels away down the Dutch left and after a couple of dummies he crosses to the back post - where Wesley Sneijder gets his admittedly difficult left-foot volley all wrong. Better from the Netherlands, though.

  140. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor  

    "There's been a slight improvement but nothing to get us rocking and rolling. Uruguay will continue to play the way they have been. They have been getting results this way. It is up to the Netherlands to raise their game because Uruguay won't change."

  141. 65 mins Commentary  

    Glorious ball over the head of the defender from Diego Forlan to Alvaro Pereira down the Uruguay left, but Khalid Boulahrouz gets in tight enough to make the challenge. Forlan, on four goals remember, is only one behind David Villa now.

  142. 67 mins Commentary  

    Don't give Uruguay free-kicks, that's my advice to the Dutch. Diego Forlan curls one up and over the wall and dangerously goalwards from 22 yards, but Maarten Stekelenburg gets down well to his right to parry the ball away.

  143. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "It’s just not happening for the Netherlands at the moment. Arjen Robben was hugging the right-hand touchline but got no joy out of Martin Caceres, so has switched again with Dirk Kuyt to the left. Uruguay are solid, well organised and dangerous on the break - a lot like the Netherlands have been in all five of their games at this World Cup. Maybe the Dutch have met their match?"

  144. 68 mins Commentary  

    The Dutch burst into life. A long ball into the Uruguay area is brilliantly taken down by Robin van Persie and he flicks it through to Rafael van der Vaart - when his shot towards the far corner from an angle on the left is saved by Fernando Muslera, Arjen Robben blazes the rebound wide from an angle on the right.

  145. 70 mins GOAL Uruguay 1-2 Netherlands  

    Uruguay aren't happy, but the Netherlands are ahead. Another decent move leads to a shooting chance for man-of-the-moment Wesley Sneijder and after it takes a deflection off Maxi Pereira, it might even brush off Robin van Persie's shin as it flies past Fernando Muslera into the bottom left-hand corner. Was Van Persie offside when the ball was hit, though? It's so tight.

  146. 73 mins GOAL Uruguay 1-3 Netherlands  

    Now the Dutch are in the World Cup final, and there's no controversy about this one. Dirk Kuyt cuts back on to his right foot down the left and his cross into the box - slightly behind Arjen Robben - produces a fabulous header from the winger, directing it into the bottom right-hand corner, in off the post.

  147. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "The Dutch second goal was what the game needed but they have got out of jail. Sneijder shot but it was not on target, Van Persie wasn't offside and he tried to control the ball and missed it and it's come off Victorino anyway."

  148. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor  

    "That last goal doesn't belong to this game, it's a great header from Robben, he has put a lot of power into the ball. It has surely got to be the Dutch going into the final now."

  149. 77 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Sebastian Abreu, he of the sand wedge penalty kick, comes on for Uruguay in place of Alvaro Pereira, but it's a bit late now for the South Americans.

  150. 78 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Khalid Boulahrouz slides in recklessly and, in the circumstances, quite needlessly on Martin Caceres, and after getting helped up by referee Ravshan Irmatov he is shown a yellow card.

  151. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "Just what is this Dutch team capable of when it starts playing well? They have got at least one foot in the World Cup final after that quick-fire two-goal salvo but for large spells of this game they have been lacklustre to say the least going forward. They were fortunate with Wesley Sneijder’s deflected goal but caught Uruguay sleeping with Arjen Robben’s header and - all around me -celebrations are going on among the Dutch fans in the stands, including one massive conga. They think they have got this game won, and with only 10 minutes or so left, they are probably right."

  152. 82 mins Commentary  

    We're in the death throes of this one already. Uruguay are exhausted, they've got nothing left. The Dutch are doing the attacking, with Fernando Muslera just clearing ahead of Arjen Robben. You can safely pencil in Netherlands on your wallchart.

  153. 84 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    That really is game over. Uruguay take captain, leading goalscorer and best player by a mile Diego Forlan off and send on Sebastian Fernandez. Must be injured.

  154. SMS  

    From Stu: "Museum Square in Amsterdam has just gone crazy. Nervous tension now replaced by raw emotion. Everyone believing Holland in final now."

  155. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor  

    "I don't think there is any chance of Uruguay coming back into this at all, the Dutch have just got to keep playing the way they are and they will be in the final."

  156. 86 mins Commentary  

    Could have been 4-1. A lovely pass through from Robin van Persie for Arjen Robben gets the winger away and it seems as though he has to score, only for Diego Godin to get in a last-ditch, goal-saving challenge. Top defending.

  157. 88 mins Commentary  

    Rafael van der Vaart tries to get in on the act, but his 25-yarder lacks power and Fernando Muslera makes a comfortable save. The Netherlands just a few minutes away from their third World Cup final now.

  158. 89 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Arjen Robben gets a standing ovation from the Dutch fans and a high-five or hug from all his colleagues on the bench as he is taken off and replaced by Eljero Elia.

  159. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    After Mark van Bommel - who still hasn't been booked, unbelievably - flattens Sebastian Fernandez, we are into three minutes of injury time.

  160. 90 mins GOAL Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands  

    Wait just a sec, will you? Uruguay play a free-kick short and quickly and fool the Dutch, Walter Gargano finding Maxi Pereira and the midfielder curling left-footed past Maarten Stekelenburg and into the far corner. Surely not?

  161. 90 mins Commentary  

    Oscar Tabarez shouts his team on, just seconds left for Uruguay to find something. Egidio Arevalo shoots and it's blocked.

  162. 90 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Finally, Mark van Bommel is booked for dissent. And after all those fouls, too. Jeez.

  163. 21:23 FULL-TIME Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands  


  164. 21:25 Commentary  

    Horrible end to the game, few handbags between some of the players. Mark van Bommel was furious that there were more than four minutes of injury time when three were signalled, but anger soon turns to sheer jubilation as the magnitude of what they have achieved sinks in. The Dutch are in the final for the first time since 1978. It was all history to me - never before in my lifetime, until now.

  165. 21:27 Commentary  

    No first final since 1950 for Uruguay, but those players should hold their heads high, they've had a superb World Cup. There are tears, but this is more about the Netherlands and their ecstasy. Johan Cruyff and Rob Rensenbrink - your boys have done it again.

  166. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor  

    "Strange game, a very strange game. Uruguay speeded the game up in the last five minutes, why were they not doing that earlier? They were flat for 85 minutes. Diego Forlan didn't seem interested today, he didn't seem at the races."

  167. 606  

    From redandblackT: "That was thrilling! Not quite W Germany v Italy from 1970 but that was an absorbing football match. Kudos to both sides and congratulations to the Dutch."

  168. Contributor BBC Sport's Chris Bevan  

    "The Dutch celebrations in the stands halted briefly when Alvaro Pereira gave Uruguay hope in injury time but they are in full swing now. Most of the Netherlands players are doing a lap of honour, which they should do to thank the incredible support they have had here tonight. The Oranje party in Cape Town has only just begun - with more possibly to come in Johannesburg on Sunday."

  169. Contributor BBC World Service's Vladimir Hernandez  

    On Twitter: "Forlan gave everything - even a goal. Possible candidate for best player at World Cup."

  170. 21:38 Commentary  

    So, the Netherlands are in the 2010 World Cup final. That takes place about 200 yards away from where I'm sitting right now, at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Sunday at 1930 BST. Question is, who'll join them - Germany or Spain?

  171. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor  

    "The Dutch v Germany would be rivalry at its highest. There has been a lot of talk about the Netherlands missing out in previous years but now they have got the big chance, the one that really, really matters whether it's against Spain or Germany."

  172. Twitter  

    From thomaslydon: "I am flying to Amsterdam on Sunday for holiday with mates. I get the feeling Sunday night might be a little busy."

  173. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle  

    "It wasn't impressive, it's not what I expected from a Dutch side. It's not the most ambitious Dutch side I have ever seen. For all the flair players they have got they have been very organised like most teams in the tournament. They have got to play a lot quicker and a lot better if they are going to win the World Cup."

  174. 21:50 Commentary  

    And then there were three (games left, including one that doesn't really count). The Dutch were the first European settlers in South Africa, and they are the first team to book their place in the World Cup final. This time on Wednesday, we might just know who they're going to play. Thanks for your company. Night.

By Chris Bevan, Cape Town

Two goals in three second-half minutes by Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben helped to see off a resolute Uruguay side and put the Netherlands into a World Cup final for the first time since 1978.

The Dutch looked short of ideas for long periods but still had the quality in front of goal when it mattered to set up an all-European final against Euro 2008 champions Spain or Germany in Johannesburg on Sunday.

After Giovanni van Bronckhorst's spectacular opener, Uruguay were gifted an equaliser when goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg failed to deal with Diego Forlan's long-range shot.

But Sneijder and Robben again made the difference for the two-time runners-up, who were left hanging on at the end following Maxi Pereira's injury-time reply. However, the Dutch held firm to make sure of their progress.

It was a dramatic end to an often tepid match as Uruguay, who were without the suspended Luis Suarez following his goal-line handball that helped them past Ghana in the quarter-finals, only showed real attacking intent when they fell two goals behind.

Cheered on by an army of Oranje fans, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk saw his side struggle to find their feet in the early stages, with their only sight of goal being wasted when Dirk Kuyt fired wastefully over after keeper Fernando Muslera had punched Sneijder's cross straight at him.

The South Americans, in their first semi-final for 30 years, were defending in depth and in numbers but that tactic did not help them when Van Bronkhorst broke the deadlock after 18 minutes

The ball was fed out to the left-flank and the veteran Feyenoord left-back had time to look up and use his trusty left foot to spank an unstoppable 35-yard shot into the top corner.

But going ahead did not help the Dutch work out how to break down a well-organised Uruguay defence, and they also seemed unwilling to commit players forward in search of more goals.

Martin Caceres had to hold off Robben as he ran on to Robin van Persie's through-ball, but that was the nearest the Netherlands came to extending their lead.

Uruguay, in the absence of the prolific Suarez, were faring little better at the other end and Stekelenburg did not have a save to make until he had to deal with Alvaro Pereira's bouncing shot after 36 minutes.

That all changed before half-time, however, and it was the Dutch goalkeeper at fault as Forlan notched his fourth goal in six games in the finals in South Africa.

Stekelenburg had a clear view of Forlan's swerving strike from 25 yards out and got a hand to the ball, but was still unable to keep it out.

The Ajax keeper had another nervous moment at the start of the second half when he beat Edinson Cavani to a through ball but failed to make a proper clearance and Van Bronkhorst had to clear Alvaro Pereira's curling shot off the line.

But the game quickly got bogged down in midfield and there were few chances to speak of until Forlan brought a much better stop from Stekelenburg with a dipping free-kick.

The Netherlands had been disappointing up to that point but showed again how they do not have to play well to win games in the tournament with a two-goal burst in the space of three minutes that was enough to give them victory.

Van Marwijk's side showed signs of life when Van Persie latched on to a long ball over the top and played in substitute Rafael van der Vaart, who saw his low shot pushed away before Robben fired the rebound over.

And they were back in the lead after 70 minutes when Sneijder's shot hit the luckless Maxi Pereira and span in off a post, with Van Persie trying but failing to get a touch to help it on its way.

In their next attack, Robben made it 3-1, escaping the attentions of Diego Godin to meet Dirk Kuyt's cross and plant a firm header into the bottom corner.

Uruguay looked exhausted and Robben could have added a fourth when he burst forward on to a Van Persie flick late on, but got his attempted chip all wrong.

Instead the Dutch faced a frantic finale when, in the 92nd minute, Maxi Pereira ran on to a quickly taken free-kick, turned Eljero Ejia and curled a precise shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez's team had time to launch a few balls into the Dutch box but van Marwijk's side survived and it is they who will go forward hoping it will be third-time lucky for them in a final following their defeats in 1974 and 1978.

Uruguay Uruguay Flag 2-3 Netherlands Flag Netherlands FT

(HT 1-1)

Forlan, 41
Pereira, 90+2
Van Bronckhorst, 18
Sneijder, 70
Robben, 73






  • Venue: Green Point Stadium
  • Referee: R Irmatov
  • Attendance: 62,479
Uruguay     Netherlands
  • Possession 36%
  • Attempts on target 9
  • Attempts off target 3
  • Corners 4
  • Fouls 12

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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