Dutch reach World Cup final with 3-2 victory
For only the third time in its history, the Dutch football team is through to the final of the FIFA World Cup. Following a 1-1 draw at half time, they beat opponents Uruguay 3-2.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst took the Dutch team into the lead in the 18th minute with one of the best goals of the tournament, an outstanding long-range shot that bounced in off the goal post. But in the 41st minute, Uruguay’s Diego Forlan took advantage of Joris Mathijsen’s absence and a mistake by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to score the equaliser.
In the second half, the Dutch team played even more strongly when Rafael van der Vaart was brought on to replace Demy de Zeeuw. Wesley Sneijder scored in the 70th minute, while Arjen Robben made it three goals for the Dutch in the 73rd minute. Even so, Uruguay didn’t give up, and managed to make the final score 3-2 with a goal from Maximiliano Pereira in the final minute of the match.
The Dutch team will now go forward to the final on Sunday in Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium, playing the winner of Wednesday’s match between Germany and Spain.
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