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07-02-2010, 10:10 PM #1
Dutch fightback buries Brazil 2-1
The Netherlands came from behind to break Brazilian hearts and take a huge step towards a third FIFA World Cupô final appearance. Trailing at half-time to Robinho's early goal in Port Elizabeth, Bert van Marwijk's men drew level through Felipe Melo's own goal before Wesley Sneijder headed the winner with 22 minutes remaining. Brazil ended the game a man short after Felipe Melo's dismissal as, like in Germany four years ago, the South Americans, unbeaten since last October, saw their dreams of a sixth world crown dismantled at the quarter-final stage.
For the Dutch this was their fifth straight win at these finals and leaves them one victory short of a first Final appearance since they finished runners-up twice in the 1970s. They will travel to Tuesday's Cape Town semi-final against Uruguay or Ghana as favourites despite the suspensions of Gregory van der Wiel and Nigel de Jong. History will be on their side too, given the winners of the countries' three previous FIFA World Cup meetings marchedon to the Final each time
It was not the Dutch, but Brazil who looked likely to prevail in the first 45 minutes. Netherlands coach Van Marwijk was forced into a last-minute change of plans when Joris Mathijsen injured a knee in the warm-up, his place in central defence passing to Andre Oioijer. There was worse to come as Brazil found their stride swiftly. Robinho had already had one effort ruled offside when he broke the deadlock in the tenth minute. Advancing unchecked from inside his own half, Felipe Melo played a ball straight through the centre of the Dutch defence from the halfway line. Robinho, free of his marker Van der Wiel and played onside by Ooijer, was in the clear and he tucked a first-time finish beyond Maarten Stekelenburg.
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