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July 06, 2010

Netherlands vs Uruguay at Cape Town Stadium, World Cup, July 6, 2010

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Netherlands fans having a good evening in Cape Town. Photo by Deon Gurling

Cape Town Tourism brings you live updates from the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ semi-final between the Netherlands and Uruguay at Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

Netherlands 3 - 2 Uruguay


Full time: “HUP HUP HOLLAND!!!” The final whistle goes and the Netherlands are through to the final, having won this match 3-2, much to the delight of their loyal supporters. If you are in Cape Town and fancy a party, grab your dancing shoes and something orange. Long Street and Green Point are guaranteed hot spots if you don’t know the city that well.

Injury time: GOAL!!! Maximiliano Pereira pulls one back for Uruguay, so it’s now 3-2 to the Netherlands, but is it too little too late? Seconds remain.

89 minutes: The party appears to have already started in the stands. The Dutch fans have arguably been the most colourful and the most festive during this tournament, which is one of the reasons the Netherlands have attracted so much neutral support. Also, South Africans haven't been big supporters of the Uruguay team since they beat South Africa 3-0 in the opening round, and they knocked Ghana out in controversial circumstances in the quarter-finals, with Luis Suarez using a handball to stop a sure Ghanaian goal at the end of extra time.

84 minutes: Robben charges forward, but ends up toe-poking the ball straight into the hands of Muslera, much to the surprise of the keeper himself – that was just too easy!

84 minutes: Forlan is surprisingly substituted as Uruguay throw a little more than caution to the wind.

83 minutes: Tomorrow’s semi-final in Durban sees Germany take on Spain. Whichever team wins that match will prove a massive challenge in the final, but should the Dutch maintain this 3-2 scoreline, they will have much confidence to add to the support they will enjoy at Soccer City on Sunday.

78 minutes: The Dutch links with Cape Town date back to 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck arrived by ship to be the first Dutch governor of the Cape, and it seems fitting that it should be in Cape Town that the Netherlands qualify for the World Cup final. Read more about Dutch business and social activity in Cape Town in our blog.

73 minutes: GOAL!!! WOW! Robben’s persistence pays off. This time he gets into the box and executes a sneaky header, which bounces off the right post and into the net. Is that the end for Uruguay? Most of the crowd seem to hope so. What a lift in intensity from the Dutch in these last few minutes. The score’s 3-1 to the Netherlands.

69 minutes: Robben continues to plug away on the right flank for the Dutch, but the Uruguayan defence just isn’t giving him an inch. However, Sneijder is given a little space in the Urugayan box and it’s a GOAL!!! He puts in a slight shimmy to throw the defence and smacks the ball into the net. That’s his fifth goal this tournament. Netherlands regain the lead, so it’s now 2-1, with 20 minutes to go.

66 minutes: Forlan’s free-kick is on target as he hits it low and hard, but Stekelenburg dives to his right and parries the ball to safety. Forlan has been a formidable striker in this tournament, and has arguably struck the ball more cleanly than anyone else in the World Cup.

63 minutes: Yet another Dutch corner goes without hassle for the Uruguayan defence.

61 minutes: There is half an hour left in normal time, and if neither team scores again, we will go into extra time. Sneijder continues to lay the ball off with deft touches, not having quite the impact that he did against Brazil on Friday.

59 minutes: Another Dutch corner goes astray. Van der Vaart is bought down 20 metres in front of the Uruguayan goal, but the referee says the challenge was legal.

57 minutes: A corner kick from Forlan is punched away by Stekelenburg.

55 minutes: Sneijder curls in a free-kick but it takes a deflection of one of his teammates and results in a goal-kick. The physical intensity looks to be picking up and the sense of urgency from both sides begins to kick in.

52 minutes: The corner goes too deep and another opportunity slips by for the Dutch.

50 minutes: Stekelenburg comes well out of his box to thwart a Uruguayan attack. The Dutch regather quickly and claim a corner at the other end.

46 minutes: Rafael van der Vaart replaces De Zeeuw, whose face is most likely still throbbing from a stray bicycle kick that floored him in the 27th minute. The drone of vuvuzelas appears to have become louder as fans get more excited about the outcome of this match.

Half time: The teams go into the break level at 1-1, with both captains having scored with scorching left-footed shots from long range. The game has been largely based in the midfield so far and the Dutch will feel they should have made more of their early impetus. An exciting 45 minutes lies ahead in the second half.

Injury time: Dirk Kuyt is called offside as the Netherlands look to get back ahead before the break.

44 minutes: A free kick from Forlan goes straight to Stekelenburg, who pulls the ball safely into his chest. His holiday at the back appears to have ended.

39 minutes: Arsenal striker, Robin van Persie, finds Sneijder in a bit of space, but nothing comes of it as Uruguay counter. GOAL!!! THE OTHER CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS SCORES! Forlan hits a left-footed strike even cleaner than the one by his opposite number and it takes a slight deflection from Stekelenburg’s outstretched left hand to level the scores 1-1. That strike was measured as 32 metres out.

35 minutes: Urugay have yet to properly test Dutch keeper, Maarten Stekelenburg, who is enjoying a relaxed evening in Cape Town so far, at the back.

27 minutes: At the other end, Cavani falls to the ground meekly in an act that doesn’t impress the referee or the crowd. He was barely touched and the wind certainly isn’t that strong tonight… Uruguay should be looking to stay on their feet as long as possible if they wish to level the scores.

27 minutes: Demy de Zeeuw takes a full-on bicycle kick in the face from Martin Caceres, and hits the ground hard. It looked completely accidental, but painful nonetheless. De Zeeuw gets up and soldiers on.

26 minutes: Members of the media are still amazed by the brutality of Van Bronckhorst’s goal, struck with similar power to the one scored by Siphiwe Tshabalala for Bafana Bafana in the tournament opener against Mexico. The Dutch players look seriously pumped up now, and the crowd are certainly behind them.

22 minutes: What a party there will be in Cape Town tonight if the scoreline remains unchanged! Long Street, Green Point, Camps Bay and Kloof Street are just some of the many options available for anyone looking for after-party fun.

18 minutes: GOAL!!! CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS SCORES! Giovanni van Bronckhorst gets a pass from Sneijder and belts the cover off the ball with his left boot. The ball comes in off the left post and it’s 1-0 to the men in orange. What a strike from more than 20 metres out!

15 minutes: Sneijder intercepts a pass from Forlan and gets the Netherlands on the front foot again. A quiet first 15 minutes.

12 minutes: Edinson Cavani is miles offside as he accepts a through-ball from Forlan, as Uruguay again battle to build on an attacking opportunity.

Nine minutes:The Netherlands have looked the more dangerous of the two teams so far. Uruguay will be relying heavily on captain and star striker, Diego Forlan, for impetus in attack this evening. Uruguay are of course without Luis Suarez tonight, following his red card in the last minute of extra time against Ghana in the quarter-finals. Had it not been for his deliberate handball, Uruguay would not be on the park tonight.

Four minutes: Uruguayan goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera, punches away a cross from Dutch star, Wesley Sneijder.

Two minutes: Judging by the colours in the stands of Cape Town Stadium, the Dutch are the enjoying the majority of support. Both teams have already played in Cape Town during the first round of this tournament.

20h25: The first ever World Cup semi-final on African soil is about to kick-off. Cape Town has been a sea of orange today, with thousands of Dutch fans making their presence felt. This is the last 2010 FIFA World Cup™ match for Cape Town and what an evening for it. Despite the forecast, Cape Town has enjoyed some great weather today.

Teams

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.

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.

Kick-off: 20h30

Also see:

Cape Town goes orange for World Cup semi-finals

Netherlands knock out Brazil: Celebrations in Cape Town

Netherlands vs Uruguay World Cup semi-final, Cape Town: Pictures

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