Archive for the ‘Holland’ Tag

Holland overpower Uruguay

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Holland will be in the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals!

A 3-2 win over Uruguay assures the Netherlands of a place in the finals of the World Cup thanks to goals by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, Wesley Sneijder and Arje Robben.

Uruguay might have just won this game if they had a couple of their suspended players, but it was too much to ask of Forlan and company to hold back the Dutch offense.

Brazil falls way short again

For the second World Cup in a row Brazil fails to reach the semi finals of the tournament with Dunga’s team being booted by a resilient Dutch side.

Brazil, the favorites to win the tournament almost every year, outplayed the Netherlands in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room thanks to a brilliant one touch strike by Robinho. They deserved to be winning with great play, specially by Kaka and the entire defense.

The second half was a complete turnaround for Holland where they dominated the Brazilians and consistently turned to Robben on the right hand side to mount their attacks. Robben was handcuffed however, with two Brazilians always marking his left foot. Robben didn’t manage to get a single whiff on goal as he constantly had his shots blocked the guys marking his cuts towards the center. Still the Dutch did not quit and saw their efforts rewarded with a fluke goal by Sneijder on a cross (it was officially awarded to Felipe Melo as an own goal).

Kuyt got more involved after the first goal, when Brazil was forced to open up and the Liverpool man saw more touches and between him and Sneijder the Dutch attack seemed a lot more menacing. The second Dutch goal came off a set piece, a rarity against a Brazilian defense. Kuyt flicked it on to Sneijder who headed in it.

Brazil ended up playing with 10 men after a bonehead tackle by Felipe Melo and the rest is history.
Dunga, Felipe Melo and Julio Cesar must be disappointed.
Heitinga’s mistake will be forgotten for now but the Dutch advance with several ineligible players.

Julio Cesar and Felipe Melo suck

A bad horrible day by Felipe Melo and Julio Cesar give the Netherlands a huge win in the first World Cup quarter final matchup.

Great games by Kaka and Robinho were eclipsed by amazing performances by Arje Robben and Wesley Sneijder.

Florentino Perez must feel like an idiot for selling them on the cheap when they were at Real Madrid.

In a related note, there is now a surplus of huge World Cup trophy replicas on the market

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Brazil vs Holland; Uruguay vs Ghana

The World Cup quarterfinals start today.

A Brazil side with doubts in their midfield lineup face Holland who will be guided by the magic of Robben. The late game features Uruguay against Ghana.

May the best teams win.

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Round of 16 Matchups

Most of the Round of 16 matchups are now set, only two more remain and they will be decided tomorrow.

26 June: Uruguay vs South Korea
26 June: USA vs Ghana
27 June: Germany vs England
27 June: Argentina vs Mexico
28 June: Holland vs Slovakia
28 June: Brazil vs ….
29 June: Paraguay vs Japan
29 June: … vs Portugal

Group E done. Holland and Japan advance.

An embarassing Cameroon finished their World Cup adventure today with a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands, who saw the return of Arje Robben. Eto’o scored for Cameroon, but it only came from a penalty kick.

The other group match was a very entertaining Denmark vs Japan where either team could qualify with a win, but the Japanese dominated and abused the Danes. Two majestic free kick goals and a late third one buried the Scandinavians chances. Honda was easily the man of the match and perhaps the top performer of the entire group.
Final Standings:

Japanese fans are strange

What in the hell

Bad goalkeeping gives Holland a 1-0 win

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The WCSA10 ongoing theme of terrible goalkeeping continued today as the Japanese keeper let a volley richochet off his gloves and into the goal. Sneijder’s shot ended up being the winning goal in a bore of a match.

Group E. Netherlands 2 Denmark 0

Clockwork orange was sort of offsync today with a less than impressive performance against the mighty Danes. The first half was unbearable, with sloppy passing, off target shots and nothing really memorable out of it. Very similar to most of the 1st halfs in the tournament this year where nerves and butterflies seem to get the most out of the players.

The second half started with a goal by Denmark, but unfortunately in their own net. It was a cross that Poulsen headed to his keeper but it bounced in off the back of Aggar, who had no clue on what was going on until the Dutch celebrated.

Own goal for Denmark makes it 1-0

The goal gave the Oranje the confidence to move forward and the match quality improved. An awful Van Persie was subbed out and with the changes Holland moved better into channels. A shot by Elias found the post and Kuyt came in to put the second goal in and that was the nail in the coffin for the Danish who might have deserved better.

Kuyt's goal against Denmark

The Star

Eljero Elia. F, Netherlands.
The young winger came in as a sub and just exploded all over the Danish flanks. Almost unstoppable and created the second goal for Kuyt.

The Ugly Duckling

Robin Van Persie. F, Netherlands.
Horrible game by the Arsenal star. Awful performance up front that should put into question his inclusion in the starting 11 going forward.

Holland vs Denmark at halftime

Nederlands and Denmark with a 0-0 tie going into halftime with dutch dominance but best chances going to the Danes.
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