The Netherlands made both a strong offense and defense during the game. Despite an early goal by Robinho at the 9th minute, Netherlands did not lose hope and pressed hard on the five-time World Cup champions. They have to prove that they are back as a power team in the World Cup after 40 years of dormancy.
Netherlands will be facing either Uruguay or Ghana in the semifinals. Uruguay and Ghana will be having their quarterfinals match later today.
The Netherlands today is battling for their 13th successive World Cup win to maintain a perfect record in the qualifiers and finals. They have also avenged their quarterfinals defeat in 1994 and a semi-finals defeat four years later to Brazil.
: “We’re in the last four of the world. To beat Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-final, you have to be pleased with that. But in the next days, we will have to get our heads in focus again,” says Netherlands player Wesley Sneijder.
The coach of Netherlands, Bert van Marwijk was also jubilant about their win against Brazil, "Tonight we’re going to party and then start and fight again.”
Kaka could have equalized the game before the match ends but he missed a side-footing wide from the edge of the area after the ball was gifted to him by a poor clearance.
Brazil vs. Netherlands [Full Highlights]
Congratulations to the Netherlands for their wonderful win!
Photo Credit: Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder celebrates victory over Brazil after their 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match in Port Elizabeth July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Kooren (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)