Joy for Dirk in Port Elizabeth

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth Holland v Brazil (2-1) Match 57 02/07/2010 Dirk Kuyt and Mark van Bommel (Holland) celebrate victory Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Brazil 1-2 Holland
There was delight for Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt today as he helped Holland to a famous victory over Brazil in the World Cup and book a place in the tournament’s semi-finals.

Kuyt played the full 90 minutes for the Netherlands, flicking on Arjen Robben’s corner to Wesley Sneijder to head home Holland’s winner in the 68th minute.

The Dutch actually came from behind to win the quarter-final clash. Robinho had given Brazil the lead as early as the 10th minute, before Felipe Melo scored an unfortunate own goal shortly into the second half to cancel it out.

Minutes after Sneijder’s winner, Brazil were reduced to ten men when Felipe Melo, having earlier scored an own goal, was sent off for bringing down, and then stamping on Robben.

Late on, Kuyt became a defensive hero for the Dutch, scrambling the ball out of play when Maarten Stekelenburg made a mess of Maicon’s inswinging corner.

Holland now play the winner of Uruguay vs Ghana (tonight) in the semi-final on Tuesday night in Cape Town.

Tomorrow sees the World Cup’s other semi-finals. Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodriguez’s Argentina take on Germany at 3pm BST and Paraguay play Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina’s Spain at 7.30pm BST.

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