Tuesday, 6 July 2010

All Gone

After a delay for alcohol intake, illness within the camp, other committments and the straight disappearence of some people there are no CONMEBOL teams left in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Argentina were humbled 4-0 by Germany last Saturday. When the Albiceleste have won our special correspondent's report has been with us within hours. It's Tuesday now and we still haven't heard from him. Meanwhile Spain defeated Paraguay 1-0 after a David Villa goal seven minutes from time won the game for the European Champions. In a game which saw both sides miss penalties it took one moment of magic from the now FC Barcelona player to win the game.

Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands

Netherlands qualified for their first FIFA World Cup Final since 1978 after a 3-2 victory over Uruguay in Cape Town. The Oranje took the lead in the 18th minutes after a spectacular strike from captain Giovanni Van Bronckhorst flew past Mulsera in the Uruguay goal. The Dutch were also up to the same tricks they employed in the Brazil game with players falling to ground easily and trying to con the referee. Uruguay levelled though four minutes before half time, Diego Forlán finding space and letting rip from 25 metres and Stekelenburg flapped and it went into the net to give Forlán his fourth of the tournament.

Edinson Cavani nearly put Uruguay ahead early in the second half after more panic from Stekelenburg but Van Bronckhorst cleared from the line, the Forlán again tested Stekelenburg but the keeper was up to the task this time. The Netherlands though took control and re-established their lead on 70 minutes. A Wesley Sneijder shot took a couple of deflections and despite not hitting, but being played at by an offide Robin Van Persie it ended up in the back of the net and the decision went in favour of the Oranje. Three minutes later Holland has a foot in the final when Drik Kuyt's cross found Arjen Robben's head and the ball flew into the back of the net. Uruguay pressed, but were missing Suaréz and then Forlán had to be replaced injured. Friday's hero El Loco Sebastian Abreu got into the action but never really got into the game. Uruguay gave themselved hope when Maxi Pereira found the back of the net from the edge of the box. Uruguay threw the kitchen sink in what little time was left but they couldn't force extra time and so find themselves in the Third Place match on Saturday. The result also ensures that for the first team a European team will win the FIFA World Cup iutside the UEFA zone.

Highlights are again courtesy of the official FIFA website. These are subject to local restrictions. We recommend our UK readers use the BBC Website.

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