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World Cup 2010
South Africa

Friday July 2nd


Dutch eliminate Brazil to reach semi

Netherlands 2 Brazil 1 (Port Elizabeth)
Brazil lost the lead, scored an own-goal and had a player sent off as the Netherlands celebrate a place in the semi-finals. A through ball from Filipe Melo found the unmarked Robinho who swept the ball past Stekelenburg in the 10th minute to give Brazil the perfect start. The Dutch responded immediately with Kuyt forcing Julio Cesar into a save at his near post, but in the 31st minute it was Stekelenburg who was called into action clawing out a Kaka curler from the top corner. Julio Cesar got behind a powerful free-kick from Sneijder in the 36th minute but missed a cross from Sneijder in the 53rd minute and the ball ended up in the back of the net having brushed the head of Melo. A corner in the 68th minute was flicked on by the head of Kuyt at the near post for Sneijder to head in and give the Dutch the lead. Brazil's task became even harder 5 minutes later when Filipo Melo was shown a straight red for stamping on Robben and the South American giants were out of the World Cup.

Wesley Sneijder finds the Brazil net

Out of Africa

Uruguay 1 Ghana 1 - Uruguay win on penalties (Johannesburg)

Ghana were knocked out by Uruguay after being a penalty away from the semi-finals of the World Cup. Kingson made an instinctive save following a corner in the 18th minute and a fingertip save when Suarez whacked the ball on the volley 8 minutes later, but Ghana started to attack after half an hour and Vorsah headed just wide from a corner and Gyan side footed wide of the post a minute later. Muntari's header across goal in the 39th minute was also wide of the post, but Muntari caught the Uruguayan keeper out with a long-range shot from out of the blue just as the referee was about to blow for half time. Ten minutes into the 2nd half Forlan equalised for Uruguay when his swerving free-kick from the left edge of the box flew past Kingson in the Ghana goal and 3 minutes later Muslera got down by the post to keep out a curling shot from Gyan. Suarez met a cross at the far post in the 63rd minute but hit the side netting and 7 minutes later Suarez poked the ball from a tight angle but Kingson pushed it away for a corner. Kingson got down to keep out a stooping header after Suarez had connected to a Forlan free-kick 12 minutes from time and the match went into extra-time. Uruguay scrambled the ball away after pressure from Ghana 5 minutes from the end of extra-time and with a minute left Muslera kept a shot out from Kevin Prince Boateng, but there was late drama when a Ghanaian free-kick crossed into the box caused chaos resulting in an off-the-line clearance before Suarez handled the ball on the line and was sent off giving Gyan the opportunity to send Ghana through to the semi-final with the last kick of the game from the penalty spot, but he blasted his shot against the crossbar to send the match into a penalty shootout. After Forlan had coolly sent Kingson the wrong way Gyan scored with a perfect shot into the top corner, Victorina, Apiah and Scotti also dispatched their penalties, but after Mensah, Maxi Pereira and Adiyiah had failed from the spot, Sebastian Abreu broke African hearts and sent Uruguay into ecstasy with a cheeky chip down the middle.

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Muslera watches as Gyan penalty hits the bar

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