Friday World Cup kicks: Brazil booted by double Dutch

Netherlands 2 Brazil 1

i-9cbbef475c64c2b127b38a04ce9a3109-orangecelebration.jpgThe Orange blossom: Netherlands’ Andre Ooijer, center right, and Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder, celebrate their historic come from behind World Cup win over Brazil today (AP Photos).

Game story

The game of the tournament produced the result of the tournament so far in an enthralling back and forth contest worthy of the World Cup.

Disciplinarian Dunga will not be happy with the way his team lost their composure and went a man down after an unnecessary stamp by a clearly rattled Felipe Melo as the Dutch pressed in the second half. And an incredible save by the Dutch goalkeeper at about the half hour mark in the first half kept the Netherlands in the game.

i-2b8bc921aa94ea11cc1ac83e3b401181-dungakicks.jpgA frustrated Brazilian coach Dunga reacts angrily as he sees his side blow a lead – and the game – against the Netherlands today.

Incidentally, it should be acknowledged after what we’ve previously seen in the tournament that this was a superbly officiated game that allowed the players decide the result.

And does this install the Dutch as tournament favorites now?

Whew!

Next up: Ghana-Uruguay at 11:30 a.m.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1290583/WORLD-CUP-2010-Model-Larissa-Riquelme-promises-home-strip-difference-Paraguay-triumph.html kingsnake

    YES!!!

    And this has nothing to do with my wife being Dutch, but rather than it opens up possibilities for all the other nations who are participating.

    And who, after all, is *not* in favor of Paraguay winning it all?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1290583/WORLD-CUP-2010-Model-Larissa-Riquelme-promises-home-strip-difference-Paraguay-triumph.html

  • UCLABZ

    First you said everyone was happy to see the Italians go now your saying that a game in which Brazil lost was well officiated! Wow Nick you really know how to push the buttons of the wrong fans. Expect to bare the wrath of the Brazilian fan base.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    I don’t think any rational Brazil fan (of which I am one as I sit here in the office in my Brazil replica jersey) could blame the referee for that defeat.

  • UCLABZ

    Nick, I think rational is the key word….

    Kingsnake, I agree: go Paraguay!!!!!

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    You’re not kidding. Wow!

  • kingsnake

    Shame Uruguay-Ghana was not the final.