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Semifinal – The Netherlands versus Uruguay

Quietly the best player in the world!

TWEEEEEEEEEEETT TWEEEEET TWEET. Game over! What an ending!

95:00 – Everyone thinks the game is over but Van Bommel gets a yellow.

94:00 – Nervy times for the Oranje!

92:00 – GOOOAAALLLLL. Its not over till its over! Periera. Uruguay 2 – Dutch 3

88:00 – Back to the Bloody Mary. It had an asparagus in it instead of a string bean or celery. That’s a point for the Phoenix. Unfortunately they are the Uruguay in this competition as Danny Coyles is winning the Bloody Mary off 3-1.

86:00 – RVP intercepts the ball well and lays of to a rushing Robben who brings the ball into the penalty area but his receding hairline tries to be too cute, and he fails to chip Muslera who comes out well.

84:00 - In the possibly the most asinine move of the tournament, Uruguay take of Forlan off and replace him with Fernandes…. please explain!

83:00 – There is no way Muslera is allowed to legally drink in the US. He looks like he is about 7 years old.

78:00 - Bloody mary is much better now that I 1. Doused it in Tabsaco and 2. Drank half of it.

77:00 – If any team can come back its Uruguay. They’re very very good at switching mentalities and will go on the offensive. Problem is…will they get caught out at the back.

73:00 – GOOOAAAAAALL – ROBBEN and his receding hairline heads powerfully home after a great cross from Kuyt. He was unmarked and froze the keeper. Dutch 3 – Uruguay 1

70:00 – GOOOAAAAAL Sneijder. The “best player” in the world sends a slowish dribbler that might have bounced of RVP into the corner of the net. That was not offside as RVP was level. Dutch 2 – Uruguay 1

68:00 – Robben gets a golden chance to go up but his shot is skied over the bar after Muslera punches a rebound

67:00 – Forlan sends a lovely dipping free kick into the bottom corner but Stekelenburg is up to the task and parries it away for a corner.

62:00 – So am the Phoenix who have a lovely bar staff and decent food but their Bloody Mary’s do not compare to those of Danny Coyles. Their saving grace is that they come in a MASSIVE glass which is reminiscent of something from the container store….but I had to add my own tabasco. Also Danny Coyles come with more veggies!

59:00 - The Dutch are not communicating with each other as Van de Vaart as all the time in the world but is tackled fairly from behind. A little  “HEY WATCH OUT” would have helped.

51:00 - Apparently Cavani has an Orthodontist. He flashed his pearly whites due to a no call and showed the world a mouthful of metal.

47:00 - We’re back on and its all tied up. I believe the Dutch are getting more than they bargained for.

HALFTIME

47:00 – Sneijder sends a beautiful ball to Kuyt whose diving header goes wide. The idiots in the bar scream for offside not knowing the rules at all. Almost threw my Guinness at them!

41:00 - GOOOOAAAAL. FORLAN. Another spectacular long range effort. Stekelenburg could have probably done better but that shot was swerving the whole time. Great power and control by the Atletico forward. Uruguay 1 – Dutch 1

36:00 – Uruguay might be labeled properly as a defensive team but they are remarkable at changing tempos and are now all offense. The dutch are defending well though.

32:00 – I have a feeling this will turn into a bit of a circus of game with at least 1 person being sent off.

28:00 – Well that was a boot to the head for De Zeeuw as a bicycle kick goes awry and he gets a BOOT TO THE FACE! The argy bargy is a result of that kick but unclear why.

27:00 – ARGY BARGY!

22:00 – I don;t think anyone expected that from the 35 year old left back!

18:00 –  GOOOOOOAAAAAALL. GVB (Jon Remucal..sic )the captain with a SPECTACULAR SHOT that sails over everyone and into the back of the net. He was the most surprised person in the stadium! Netherlands 1 – Uruguay 0

17:00 – RVP robs a lazy Pareira but no one is in the box and three defenders close him down quickly.

11:00 – Forlan and Cavini are making intelligent runs but they’re not in sync. They have Suarez to thank for that!

10:00 - Kuyt showing some skill as he rounds 2 Uruguayan defenders and sends in a cross that is skied in the air by a defenseman. Ball comes back to Kuyt whose second cross ends up in Muslera’s hands.

3:00 – Kuyt with volley that sails over the bar. He should have done better as he had time and space but as expected he is everywhere on the pitch. Harkes claims he’s the first person on his team sheet….hmmmmm I would take that Wesley guy first, then that Arjen fellow.

TWEEEEEEEET and Uruguay kick it off.

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GVB and Forlan exchanging pennants…i wonder what happens to those.

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Odd, a random guy wearing a French jersey in the crowd.

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Line ups

Uruguay: 1-Fernando Muslera; 3-Diego Godin, 6-Mauricio Victorino, 5-Walter Gargano, 16-Maximiliano Pereira, 22-Martin Caceres, 15-Diego Perez, 11-Alvaro Pereira, 17-Egidio Arevalo, 7-Edinson Cavani, 10-Diego Forlan.

Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 12-Khalid Boulahrouz, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 14-Demy de Zeeuw, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.

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Uruguay have done well to get here but haven’t beaten any “big team” to get this far where as the other three have beaten at least one of the traditional footballing powerhouses. Does that even matter?

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Well it’s down to 4. Uruguay and Suarez’s new hand of god versus the Oranje Machine. Not your fathers Dutch team but effective none the less.

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