Holland served up a masterclass to beat Uruguay 3-2, a scoreline that looks closer than it actually was. Uruguay started out brightly till the Dutch settled in and gradually took control of the game. However real opportunities were few and far between till a blistering strike by the Dutch skipper found the net and they took the lead. Surprisngly that also marked a blip in Holland’s game and the rest of the half was being won in mid-field by Uruguay.
Forlan got them level with a good left footed shot, which the goalkeeper should have saved. The ball seemed to swerve away at the last moment. However it was fitting that the hardworking and talented Forlan got the goal to bring Uruguay back in the game. They went in level 1-1 at half time but Holland came out firing in the second half and created many chances.
Sjneider broke the deadlock with a shot that was deflected into the net with Van Persie in an offside position. Though he did not touch the ball, it could be argued that he was involved in the play , as he attempted to flick the ball and was right in front of the goalkeper. Anyway there was no debate and the score was 2-1. Within 3 minutes the best player on the pitch , Arjen Robben, headed in from a Kuyt cross to make it 3-1 and put the game beyond Uruguay. Though there was enough time for Uruguay , the Netherlands seemed to be the more likely to score. Arjen Robben missed a sitter and a few shots were sprayed.
Not until completion of the 90 minutes did the South American’s get an opportunity and they promptly converted against the run of play through a superb Free Kick variation. The last few minutes of added time were exciting with Uruguay going close and giving the dutch the jitters. Holland held on and deservedly cliched their place in the finals – the first time since 1978. Will this be third time lucky or will they remain the eternal Bridesmaids? Germany or Spain looms ahead and it promises to be a cracking finish to a hugely entertaining World Cup.