WORLD CUP: Spirited Holland dump Brazil out of World Cup

Holland caused a major shock by rallying from a goal down at half time to triumph 2-1 against the favourites Brazil who ended with ten men.

Holland caused a major shock by rallying from a goal down at half time to triumph 2-1 against the favourites Brazil who ended with ten men.

HOL: 2
BRA: 1

Venue: Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Crowd: 40,186

Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Assistants: Toru Sagara (Japan) and Jeong Hae-sang (South Korea)
Fourth: Khalil Al-Ghamdi

Yellow cards: HOL - Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Ooijer, De Jong BRA - Bastos

Red cards: Melo (Brazil)

MATCH REPORT

The old cliché of a game of two halves was never more appropriate than this clash between Holland and Brazil.

At half time Brazil looked comfortable and on course to end Holland’s 23 game unbeaten sequence, but the Dutch were inspired in the second 45 minutes helped by the dismissal of Felipe Melo for a reckless tackle on Arjen Robben.

The Samba merchants looked shaky at the back and lost their discipline and in doing so crashed out at the quarter-final stage for the second successive tournament.

It looked so different earlier as Robinho had an early effort disallowed for offside, but the Dutch failed to heed the warning and on 10 minutes the Manchester City star was played through by Melo who calmly finished past Maarten Stekelenburg.

Brazil continued to look the more dangerous going forward and secure at the back, but then came the interval and a dramatic Holland turnaround.

There was touch of fortune about the equaliser on 53 minutes. Wesley Sneijder’s hopeful cross was headed past his own keeper by Melo.

Holland took heart from this whilst Brazil wilted and Sneijder got the vital second on 68 minutes taking advantage of some sloppy defending for a simple headed goal from close range

Five minutes later and Melo saw red. Holland should have rapped the game up but Brazil also had their moments but overall the Dutch were good value for their semi-final berth simply because of their stunning performance in the second half.

Starting Line-Ups

HOL

1. Maarten Stekelenburg
2. Gregory Van Der Wiel
3. Johnny Heitinga
13. Andre Ooijer
5. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
6. Mark Van Bommel
8. Nigel De Jong
11. Arjen Robben
10. Wesley Sneijder
7. Dirk Kuyt
9. Robin van Persie (Huntelaar 85)

SUBS

16. Michel Vorm (GK)
12. Khalid Boulahrouz
14. Demy De Zeeuw
15. Edson Braafheid
17. Eljero Elia
18. Stijn Schaars
19. Ryan Babel
20. Ibrahim Afellay
21. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
23. Rafael Van der Vaart
22. Sander Boschker (GK)

BRA

1. Soares Julio Cesar
2. Sisenando Maicon
3. Ferreira Lucio
4. Silveira Juan
6. Fernandes Michel Bastos (Gilberto 62)
13. da Silva Dani Alves
5. De Carvalho Felipe Melo
8. Gilberto Silva
10. Ricardo Kaka
11. De Souza Robinho
9. Clemente Luis Fabiano (Nilmar 77)

SUBS

12. Heurelho Gomes (GK)
14. Anderson Luisao
15. Emiliano Thiago Silva
16. Da Silva Gilberto
17. Anunciado Josue
19. Cesar Julio Baptista
20. Jose Kleberson
21. Honorato da Silva
23. Libano Batista Grafite
22. Alexander Doni (GK)

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