- The Netherlands reached their third World Cup final with a 3-2 win over Uruguay in a dramatic semifinal in Cape Town on Tuesday.
The Dutch will play the winners of the second semifinal between Germany and Spain for the ultimate prize in football at Soccer City on Johannesburg on Sunday.
Second-half goals from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben put the Dutch 3-1 up but Maxi Pereira summed up the never-say-die spirit of the Uruguayans with an injury-time strike to ensure a frantic finish.
Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk was proud of his team, who have won all six matches in the finals, the best record of any side.
"It's amazing that we have managed to do this. It's been 32 years (that the Netherlands last played in a final). It is unbelievable. We can be very proud for such a small country," he told AFP.
Holland - Brazil 2-1
-- The Netherlands came from a goal down to beat 10-man Brazil 2-1 in their World Cup quarterfinal clash in Port Elizabeth on Friday. An early goal from Robinho had put Brazil in command, but in the second half the Dutch drew level when Wesley Sneijder's cross was deflected into his own net by Felipe Melo. Inter Milan's Sneijder then headed his team ahead in the 68th minute after Arjen Robben's corner had been cleverly flicked on by Dirk Kuyt. A miserable afternoon for Melo was completed when he was sent off for stamping on Robben. The Dutch will play either Uruguay or Ghana in the semifinals, but for Brazil and coach Dunga it is a bitter defeat. The inspirational Sneijder was surprised to score the winner with a rare headed goal. The ball slipped on my bald head and went into the net, a great feeling. --Wesley Sneijder This was my first header here, I don't think it will happen again, but it was greathe told AFP. The ball slipped on my bald head and went into the net, a great feeling.
The 26-year-old added: If you can eliminate Brazil, one of the best teams in this championship the first feeling is relief, we always believed in it.
Goddelijke kanaries overvleugeld door Oranje: 2-1. Historische zege! Eindelijk heeft Oranje afgerekend met het 'Brazilië-syndroom'. Aan de hand van Wesley Sneijder knokte Oranje zich ten koste van de Zuid-Amerikaanse sambavoetballers naar de halve finale! Met een assist en een wonderschone goal van de 26-jarige Inter-vedette werd het ticket voor de halve finale van het WK voetbal in Zuid-Afrika verzilverd; 2-1. Bondscoach Bert van Marwijk is nog slechts twee zeges verwijderd van dé missie: wereldkampioen worden!