Netherlands advance to World Cup Semi-Final with 2-1 defeat of Brazil

The Netherlands have put Brazil out of the World Cup after defeating the South Americans 2-1 in their Quarter Final match of the 2010 World Cup at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Brazil opened the scoring after just 10 minutes when Robinho slotted home a classy goal from a wonderful Melo through pass before the Netherlands hit back with two second half goals, an own goal from Felipe Melo and a Wesley Sneijder header to put the Dutch team through to the semi finals.

Both sides started the game with attacking intentions and Brazil had a goal disallowed for offside early in the game before Felipe Melo disected the Dutch defence with a quality pass that produced the first Brazilian goal for Robinho after just ten minutes.

In an entertaining game, each team had genuine chances in the first half with Brazil looking the team more likely.

The Dutch came out running in the second half and a Wesley Sneijder cross on 50 minutes landed on the head of Brazil’s Felipe Melo who headed the ball into his own goal to tie the score up at one apiece and the game was up for grabs.

Kaka had a good chance shortly after but his shot just missed and ended up wide of the goal.

Against the run of play at the 67th minute, the Netherland’s Dirk Kuyt was on the end of an Arjen Robben corner that eventually found Sneijder’s head and the Dutch were in front.

Melo was red carded for Brazil moments later after a cynical foul on Robben and the Brazilians early joy in the first half had turned into second half despair.

An intense final few minutes resulted in chances to both sides and when the Whistle blew it was the Netherlands worthy 2-1 winners in a great match.

Netherlands vs Brazil

Netherlands 2
Brazil 1

10m Robinho (Bra)
53m F. Melo -o.g.(Net)
68m W. Sneijder (Net)

14m J. Heitinga (Net)
37m M. Bastos (Bra)
47m G.v.d. Wiel (Net)
64m N.d. Jong (Net)
73m F. Melo (Bra)
76m A. Ooijer (Net)

Maarten Stekelenburg, Gregory van der Wiel, Johnny Heitinga, Andre Ooijer, Giovanni v. Bronckhorst, Mark van Bommel, Nigel de Jong, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie
85m Klaas Jan Huntelaar/Robin van Persie

Julio César, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Michel Bastos, Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva, Daniel Alves, Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano,

62m Gilberto/Michel Bastos
77m Nilmar/Luis Fabiano

The Netherlands will now play Uruguay in the first of two semi finals next week.

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