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Brazil 1-2 Netherland

July 3rd, 2010 No comments

phpTTJ7Pl The Netherlands produced a stunning second-half comeback to reach the semi-finals as Brazil’s World Cup imploded in a dramatic game in Port Elizabeth.

After taking an early lead through Robinho’s cool finish, the pre-tournament favourites were pegged back following an awful defensive mix-up early in the second-half and were found wanting in defence again soon afterwards when Wesley Sneijder headed in.

Brazil found themselves in even deeper trouble when Felipe Melo saw red for stamping on Arjen Robben with 17 minutes to go and, although Dunga’s side gave everything in a thrilling finale, they crashed out in the quarter-finals for the second successive tournament.

It is the Netherlands who will go forward to play Uruguay or Ghana in the semi-finals and they have blown this World Cup wide open after putting paid to the idea that South American sides were set to dominate in South Africa.

Of the four teams from that continent in the last eight, Brazil were seen as the most likely to progress - and, for the first 45 minutes at least, it appeared they would not have too many problems in doing so.

The Netherlands have won renown for their defensive discipline in the last few weeks but that was nowhere to be seen when Robinho opened the scoring after 10 minutes. Read more…

Today’s prediction : Brazil v Holland

July 1st, 2010 No comments

SPORT SOCCER WORLDThese teams have met just three times in the World Cup previously – and all three have been epic battles.

In 1974, in West Germany, Holland won 2-0 to finish top of the second group stage and qualify for the final, a game they lost 2-1 to the hosts.

Twenty years later, in the United States, a quarter-final clash saw Brazil win by the odd goal in five.

And in the next World Cup, in France, Brazil won a semi-final against the Dutch, the victory came courtesy of penalties.

Brazil make one forced change. With Ramires suspended for collecting a second year card, against Chile, they could call back Gilberto Silva or Dani Alves to midfield.

So far this has neither been Total Football nor Jogo Bonito. The Dutch and the Brazilians have taken a far more pragmatic, hard-to-beat approach but there is still flair there although not as obvious as of old.

Elano ruled out with an ankle injury while Ramires is suspended and Felipe Melo is also a doubt. Arjen Robben’s return to fitness is a significant boost to the Dutch as he offers more pace and directness than Rafael van der Vaart. Read more…

Arjen Robben–Man of Glass

June 6th, 2010 No comments

phpQJlUWbDutch winger Arjen Robben is a major doubt for the World Cup finals after limping off during his country’s 6-1 friendly rout of Hungary in Amsterdam.

Second-half substitute Robben scored two goals before injuring his hamstring when in possession in the 85th minute.

Coach Bert van Marwijk revealed Robben will undergo a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the problem.

“He felt a sharp pain,” said van Marwijk. “That does not bode well, but I do not lose hope.”

Robben has been in top form for German Double winners and losing Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and his absence would be a devastating blow to the Dutch.

The team fly out to South Africa on Saturday night without the former Chelsea and Real Madrid player and captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst fears the 26-year-old may not even follow his team-mates to the finals.
“It was a magnificent match but Arjen’s injury overshadowed everything,” said Feyenoord’s van Bronckhorst. “I’m not very optimistic. He’s in real pain and finds it difficult to walk.” Read more…

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