World Cup Semifinals game 1: Netherlands vs. Uruguay

The boys have reached the Final game

  Netherlands advances to 1st World Cup final since ’78 

The Netherlands are going to the World Cup final and they are doing it by winning by a one goal margin. That was their 5th straight win by a one goal margin and this win meant the most because it leads them one step closer to that highly coveted trophy.   

Game Recap   

Netherlands got on the board early to take a 1-0 lead and scored in the 18th minute on defender Giovanni Van Bronckhorst ‘s goal from 42 yards out (Check video below)   

– Uruguay got frustrated early getting two early yellow cards from defenders Martín Cáceres (29′)and Maxi Pereira (21′).  But they fought back.  

– Uruguay tied up the game in the 41st minute on a nice goal by forward Diego Forlán. That would be the score at halftime.  

-Then Netherlands late in the second half decided to take control and score in bunches. Midfielder Wesley Sneijder  would score in the 70th minute and then 3 minutes later, Midfielder Arjen Robben would score to make the lead 3-1.  

– Uruguay never gave up as they scored in the 90th minute to cut it to one, 3-2 on the goal by Maxi Pereira but that’s the closest they got.  

Analysis 

…This game wasn’t as close as it seems. Netherland’s offense is proving to be a huge weapon and the 42 yard goal scored by Van Bronckhorst was just plain and simply the best goal of the tournament and was plain and outright dirty. It was something I have never seen before. Just truly amazing. But to be honest, Uruguay played really hard but they look frustrated early with the yellow cards and could not get into their rhythm. Statistically both teams were even but in the end Netherlands played well enough to win and advance to the final. It should be interesting to see how they fare this Sunday against Spain or Germany. It should be fun… 

Game Notes and Information  

• The Netherlands advances to its third World Cup final. The Dutch lost to host countries West Germany in 1974 and Argentina in 1978.  

• It’s the first time a team scored three goals in a World Cup semifinal since 1982, when West Germany and France tied 3-3 (Germany advanced on penalty kicks).  

• Dutch captain and defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst opened the scoring in the 18th minute with one of the best goals of the tournament, a beautiful 58-mph strike from 42 yards out, his sixth career goal in 106 appearances. The 35-year-old van Bronckhorst, who had already announced he will retire after the World Cup, is the second-oldest player to score in a World Cup semifinal, behind only 37-year-old Gunnar Gren of Sweden in 1958.  

• Wesley Sneijder scored in the 70th minute. His five goals are tied with Spain’s David Villa for most in the tournament, and he also ties a Dutch record for most in a single World Cup.  

• Diego Forlan became the first player to score three goals from outside the box at a single World Cup since Germany’s Lothar Matthaus in 1990.  

• The tournament has seen goal scoring rise during the knockout stages. Teams averaged 2.10 goals per match during the group stage, lowest since the tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1998. However, goal scoring has risen to 2.85 goals per match in the knockout stage, second-highest since FIFA adopted its current knockout stage format in 1986. The 1994 World Cup (2.93) was the only tournament with a higher goals-per-match average in the knockout stage.  

Quote of the Game

“If you win the final, you make yourself immortal, at least in our country.” “We will do everything we can to take the Cup back.” – Netherland’s midfielder Arjen Robben  

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