2:30 PM ET, July 6, 2010
Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
What's on the line:
Two teams trying to recapture past glories will face off Tuesday in Cape Town in the first of two World Cup semifinals. The Netherlands will be trying to reach the final for the first time since 1978, when it lost to host Argentina. Uruguay has endured an even longer drought. It last reached the semis in 1970 and it has been 60 years since the country won the second of its two World Cup titles.
Style and tactics:
The Dutch are one of the prime exponents of possession soccer. Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben provide some breathtaking creativity, while Dirk Kuyt does the dirty work in attack. Yet the Netherlands has proved throughout the tournament that it also has the ability to grind out results. Holding midfielders Nigel De Jong and Mark Van Bommel have displayed the requisite grit to get the Oranje through difficult moments, although De Jong's suspension for too many yellow cards means that Demy De Zeeuw will need to step in on Tuesday. Right back Gregory Van Der Wiel is also suspended, with Khalid Boulahrouz his likely replacement.
OK, here we are. Round of 8. Who you got getting to the Final Four? Use this thread to discuss all Round of 8 games. Also, whether it is actually called the Round of 8.
2010 FIFA World Cup™: Quarter-finals
|Netherlands||0||:||1||Brazil||-||Live update (half-time)|
|Uruguay||vs.||Ghana||-||2 Jul 2:30pm (ET) on ESPN|
|Argentina||vs.||Germany||-||3 Jul 10:00am (ET) on ABC|
|Paraguay||vs.||Spain||-||3 Jul 2:30pm (ET) on ABC|