Netherlands v Uruguay, 06 July 2010

Score3-2 to Netherlands
RefereeRavshan Irmatov
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Semi-final
VenueGreen Point Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance62,479
Kick-Off: 20:30 Local (19:30 BST) Man of the Match: Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) Assistant referees: Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan) Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan) Fourth official: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan) Fifth official: Toru Sagara (Japan) The Netherlands won the match 3–2, thereby qualifying for the final for the first time since the 1978 World Cup. Uruguay adopted a defensive posture early in the match, but were only able to hold their opponents scoreless for 18 minutes, when Dutch captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst scored from 35 yards into the top right corner of the goal. However, the Netherlands were unable to capitalise on their lead, as Diego Forlán equalised in the 41st minute (1–1) when his shot from 25 yards hit squarely in the middle of the goal was misjudged by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg who missed it by millimeters. The Netherlands regained the lead in the second half, as a pass from van der Vaart reached Sneijder who dished it into the side of the goal as Muslera dived and missed it by inches. Then, three minutes later, Kuyt crossed to Robben who headed it into the goal to make it 3–1. The Netherlands suffered a late scare when Maxi Pereira, who failed a penalty against Ghana, scored in stoppage time from a free kick; however, the score remained 3–2 despite desperate Uruguayan attempts to equalise. After the match, Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez spoke of his pride in his team for reaching the semi-finals.

3  Netherlands

Manager: Bert Van Marwijk

2  Uruguay

Manager: Oscar Tabarez

Goals:

Giovanni van Bronckhorst 18 G
Wesley Sneijder 70 G
Arjen Robben 73 G

Goals:

Diego Forlan 41 G
Maxi Pereira 90 G

Starting lineup:

Defender Johnny Heitinga
Defender Joris Mathijsen
Midfielder Demy de Zeeuw
Midfielder Arjen Robben
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder
Midfielder Mark van Bommel
Midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst (captain)
Midfielder/Forward Dirk Kuyt

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera
Defender Martín Cáceres
Defender Diego Godín
Defender Maxi Pereira
Midfielder Egidio Arévalo
Midfielder Walter Gargano
Midfielder Alvaro Pereira
Midfielder Diego Perez
Forward Edinson Cavani
Forward Diego Forlan (captain)

Substitutions:

Rafael van der Vaart for Demy de Zeeuw 46
Eljero Elia for Arjen Robben 89

Substitutions:

Sebastian Abreu for Alvaro Pereira 78
Sebastian Fernandez for Diego Forlan 84

Cards:

Wesley Sneijder 30 Y
Khalid Boulahrouz 78 Y
Mark van Bommel 90 Y

Cards:

Maxi Pereira 21 Y
Martín Cáceres 29 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Sander Boschker
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm
Defender Edson Braafheid
Defender Andre Ooijer
Midfielder Ibrahim Afellay
Midfielder Nigel de Jong
Midfielder Stijn Schaars
Midfielder/Forward Eljero Elia
Forward Ryan Babel

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Juan Castillo
Goalkeeper Martín Silva
Defender Jorge Fucile
Defender Diego Lugano
Midfielder Sebastian Eguren
Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez
Midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez
Midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro
Midfielder Andres Scotti
Forward Sebastian Abreu
Forward Luis Suárez