words_Nick Engvall

The final score may have been 3-2 but Uruguay really didn’t have much of a chance despite what the stat sheet says. From for minutes, the Dutch were on the offensive; Netherlands scored on a beautiful long-range goal from Giovanni Van Bronckhorst at the 18th minute, and consistently seemed to be on the attack from that point on.

Although Uruguay evened up the match just before the half thanks to a goal from Diego Forlan, Netherlands came out from the half attacking. In the 70th minute, Wesley Sneijder scored his fifth goal of this year’s World Cup, tying him with Spain’s David Villa for the most in the tournament so far. The Dutch were not even finished celebrating the goal, when three minute later Arjen Robben added a third goal, and all but assuring the team’s advancement into the final.

Uruguay didn’t give up, ever. They grabbed another goal in extra time and were attacking until the official blew the whistle signaling the Netherlands victory, and their spot in the final match for the first time since 1978.

adidas adipure IIIA Netherland player’s adidas Predator X.

Diego Forlan celebrates a goal in the adidas F50 adiZero.Diego Forlan celebrates a goal in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Dirk Kuyt in the adidas Predator XDirk Kuyt in the adidas Predator X.

Wesley Sneijder in the Nike T90 LaserWesley Sneijder in the Nike T90 Laser.

Arjen Robben and Martin Caceres both wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.Arjen Robben controls the ball in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Arjen Robben and Walter Gargano fight for the ball both wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.Arjen Robben and Walter Gargano fight for the ball both wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.

Wesley Sneijder and Giovanni Van Brockhorst celebrate, both wearing the Nike T90 Laser.Wesley Sneijder and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst celebrate, both wearing the Nike T90 Laser.