07 July 2010

Uruguay vs Netherlands : Forlan or Sneijder ?

The big games are here. These last 3 games are the ones that world cups are remembered by. As we await the 6th of July, the four contenders namely Spain, Germany, Uruguay and Netherlands are hitting the ground in preparation for the two games which can be the biggest of their life.
On the 6th of July Netherlands takes on the only South American team left in the final four – Uruguay. Not denying then their due credit but Uruguay must feel lucky to be in the last four after the game against Ghana. Suarez denied Ghana a spot in the final four by taking up the keeper’s role when the ball was heading into the net. On the other hand, Netherlands will feel that they totally deserved the little luck they had against Brazil.

After knocking out five-time champions and favorites Brazil, Netherlands are full of confidence. Netherlands must believe that they can go all the way now, inspite of the fact that Germany or Spain will await them in the final if they were to beat Uruguay. Netherlands will bank on their star player Wesley Sneijder who was critical in their run to the semi-finals. Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder has scored 4 goals in the tournament so far.

Netherlands have the advantage of facing Uruguay in the semi-finals instead of Spain who are a much stronger team on paper. However, Netherlands will know that Uruguay have made it thus far on merit and they have the capability to produce the goods. Netherlands were ordinary in the first half against Brazil but that can be attributed to the flair of the Samba boys.

Netherlands produced a total show in the second half as they dominated the possession and threatened Julio Cesar much more than they did I the first half. With Arjen Robben of Netherlands looking very dangerous as he turned and twisted past defenders, Brazil were pushed on the backfoot.

If Netherlands are to win the world cup and firstly beat Uruguay they will need both of their star players – Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben to dish out a performance of the same intensity. Netherlands will have the full support of their Oranje brigade!

Netherlands will take on the Uruguay side that will rely strongly on charismatic player Diego Forlan. Diego Forlan has been critical to the fortunes of the Uruguay team very much like Sneijder for Netherlands. Forlan scored an all important equaliser for Uruguay in the quarter final when they looked down and out.

After Ghana opened the scoring through Muntari’s 40 yard stunner, Uruguay looked out of sorts. Ghana were the better team for a larger part of the moment and had it not been for Forlan ‘s moment of magic and Suarez moment of madness; Uruguay were going out.

But for now Uruguay have a great challenge in front of them and they will go all out to extend this dream run.

Interestingly, Uruguay are the only representatives of South America in the semi-finals.

At the beginning of the quarter finals there was a possibility of an all Latin semi-final.

With Luis Suarez taking a red card and suspended for this game, Forlan will have a mammoth task at hand in his striking partner’s absence. Suarez was and is in the race of the golden boot with three goals.

Uruguay will have to give their best performance against Netherlands to make it to the world cup final. Uruguay have a history that remains to be reignited. They were the champions in the initial two editions of the cup and have gone missing since. Uruguay can revive their golden history if they do well against Netherlands.

Here are the two teams and there runs in the cup so far.

Uruguay
02/07-10 World Championship Uruguay vs. Ghana 1:1
1:1 (OT)
5:3 (AP)
26/06-10 World Championship Uruguay vs. South Korea 2:1
22/06-10 World Cup, Group A Mexico vs. Uruguay 0:1
16/06-10 World Cup, Group A South Africa vs. Uruguay 0:3
11/06-10 World Cup, Group A Uruguay vs. France 0:0

Netherlands
02/07-10 World Championship Netherlands vs. Brazil 2:1
28/06-10 World Championship Netherlands vs. Slovakia 2:1
24/06-10 World Cup, Group E Cameroon vs. Netherlands 1:2
19/06-10 World Cup, Group E Netherlands vs. Japan 1:0
14/06-10 World Cup, Group E Netherlands vs. Denmark 2:0

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