World Cup 2010: Uruguay vs. Netherlands Live Stream [UPDATED]
Two-time champions Uruguay take on the Netherlands (Holland) in Cape Town this evening for a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final following the drama and tension of their penalty shoot-out win over Ghana in the quarterfinals.
It’s been six decades since Uruguay won the Cup, yet the South Americans stand only 180 minutes from arguably their greatest ever success, and almost all of the country’s 3.4 million people are set to follow every moment of the game. However, injuries have hit Oscar Tabarez’s side hard. Ajax midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament because of a broken foot, while skipper Diego Lugano is also a big worry because of a knee problem.
I think the Netherlands will thrash Uruguay if they do not keep things tight at the back. The Dutch are the only team in the final four to have advanced to this stage without losing or drawing a match. Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben appears to have fully recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the early stages of the tournament and will surely give some problems for La Celeste’s defense. And with Wesley Sneijder in amazing form, fans will be confident the Inter Milan hitman will eventually break down what is traditionally one of the toughest defensive units in international football.
Like a number of the Dutch squad, Robben is well known to English football fans. Oranje have nine current and former Premier League stars in their lineup, including Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, who is suspended for picking up his second booking of the tournament against Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Holland reached its first World Cup semifinal in 1998 and is now bidding to win the trophy for the first time in its history.
The match kicks-off at 20:30 CET (2:30 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: The Netherlands defeated Uruguay 3-2 to advance to the World Cup final for the first time since 1978, thanks to goals from Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben.