Semifinal – The Netherlands versus Uruguay

Quietly the best player in the world!


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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?


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.

32 responses to this post.

  1. GOLAZO!!! Wow.


  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 11:52 AM

    Got to look at the keeper there as he goes for it with his stronger hand/arm, but has shorter reach. The ball brushes his glove, and I have to say that if he goes with his left hand, he ‘probably’ saves it.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/07/06 at 11:54 AM

      If he went with his left it would have taken him longer to get it up there while he was diving (nor does he get as much stretch or height reaching with his left). He doesn’t save that shot from where we was positioned regardless of how many hands he has.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 12:11 PM

        He gets more reach and height going with his left – which is the point I am making. Re. time, he has all the time to react as GVB shoots from a good 25-30 yards…


    • Posted by itally on 2010/07/06 at 11:55 AM

      Actually, I believe keepers are taught to save how he did (or tried to do!) — you reach across with the upper arm like that.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 12:04 PM

        I respectfully disagree, Sir – you’re shortening your reach, by definition. Unless you turn your whole torso. Think about it anatomically…


        • Sorry, George, but every keeper I have trained with has been taught to save with his upper arm. Something to do with being able to turn faster than you can just extend.


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/07/06 at 12:10 PM

          When you take off for something in the air, to jump up, you go with the opposite foot with which you are to catch something. You get the most power and reach that way. He took off with his left as that was closest to where the ball was going.

          If going up for something or out for something, you have more reach if you go left foot launch right hand grab or vice versa. Doing the same side is obviously possible but you don’t get as much reach. I say this with 15 years plus experience of reaching for things up or out in the air


        • Posted by T-Muck on 2010/07/06 at 12:15 PM

          Also, reaching with the opposite hand also gives you more momentum in your initial dive.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 12:18 PM

          The ball touched his glove so it was clearly a reach thing, no?

          And Matt, in the 25+ years I have been a keeper, I was never taught that.

          In addition, by your logic, the Dutch keeper should have used his right hand?


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/07/06 at 12:23 PM

          George – Stekelenburg should have saved that just by catching it or punching it with his left. We’re talking about when you launch your body of the ground either up or out or both. If he reached with his left he not have gotten as much height or reach. The fact that he got as high and as far as he did was the reach generated by jumping with the left and reaching with the right.

          So yes if he could have paused right then and stuck out his left arm he would have saved it but obviously that is impossible.


      • Can’t say, George, maybe you just didn’t have good goalkeeper coaches? :)

        Seriously, though, using the upper (“cross”) arm is pretty standard training now.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 12:33 PM

          We’re going to have to agree to disagree, because I just don’t buy into what you are saying! It’s a pity that Schmeichel isn’t in the studio…


  3. Posted by John on 2010/07/06 at 11:53 AM

    Beware the early goal!


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 1:06 PM

    Robben’s finish was just class. He peeled off his marker a little easy though…


  5. Posted by T-Muck on 2010/07/06 at 1:12 PM

    Why do you pull off Forlan? He’s your best goal scorer.


  6. Posted by s44 on 2010/07/06 at 1:24 PM

    Took an awful long time to book van Bommel there.


  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 1:31 PM

    There was an awful lot of chat doing the rounds regarding CONMEBOL. It’s an all UEFA final again…


  8. Posted by Dennis on 2010/07/06 at 1:36 PM

    Sneijder’s goal sure looked a lot like Beasley’s “non-goal” against Italy in 2006.


  9. Posted by KickinNames... on 2010/07/06 at 1:48 PM

    V Bommel is a D-bag. He really makes the Dutchies hard to like. Very good player but he has that Ballackitis that just makes you want to hate him. Don’t mind you being a “hard man” but then you can’t be the first flopping fish on the turf. Distasteful.
    Just a friendly warning to my favorite website that the “which arm” argument above smacks of a gaggle of geeks trapped in a room too long. And we don’t want that now do we))))
    Once in a lifetime strike for Gio (literally) that the keeper had little to no chance on.

    When are they going to start judging announcers like refs and somehow get Harkes off of the US broadcast??? Aaaaaaaaaah. How many times he makes the stupid obvious point and neglects to explain WHY something happened. Or tries to break his partners stones for no reason and sounds like a jack—. Enough from him.


  10. Posted by kaya on 2010/07/06 at 1:57 PM

    The Sneijder goal wasn’t also deflected by the offsides Van Persie (I think it was) as well Perez? The French don’t believe in showing much for replays, but they showed it very quickly and mentioned a missed offsides call.
    Wish Van Bommel would’ve gotten a red card. That guy’s a butcher. I thought the Dutch wouldn’t make it look so hard against Uruguay, but Uruguay looked a lot more prepared for the Dutch style than Brazil did.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/07/06 at 2:00 PM

      Kaya – It wasn’t offside.


      • Posted by kaya on 2010/07/06 at 3:09 PM

        Interesting point: the replay I saw (where TF1 paused and decided the pass was made) he was offsides. Since the onsides part of the play is darkened (couldn’t really see the ball @ the pause), it made me wonder who decides when exactly that ball was passed. I’m sure another replay editor could’ve interpreted the moment as 0.2 seconds earlier with the opposite result.


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/07/06 at 3:22 PM

          He was level and in that case they give it to the offense. The Uruguayan defender moved as it was passed and RVP moved in the opposite direction hence it looked so blatantly offside. Very unfortunate for Uruguay. It also came off a Uruguayan defender and am unclear of that negates the offside as well.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 3:40 PM

          When the ball was *played* by Sneijder, Van Persie was level with the 2nd to last defender, therefore he was onside. He drifted into an “offside” position after, but as it wasn’t touched by another Dutch player it’s neither here or there.

          Shaun, you should know about offsides where the ball comes off the defending team – your boy Stevie G likes to make ill-timed back passes all the time!!


        • Posted by kayaay on 2010/07/06 at 4:04 PM

          For the offsides to be negated, doesn’t it need to be a pass and not a deflection by the defender? I have zero ability to rewatch anything here… but I’m pretty sure the replay/pause/offsides marking was when Sneijder passed, not at the deflection or whatnot.
          Anyone know how long is keeping the games up?


  11. Posted by kayaay on 2010/07/06 at 4:05 PM

    my comment is awaiting moderation???


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