Sneijder fires Oranje into World Cup final


Inter midfielder scores fifth goal of South Africa 2010 as Holland beat Uruguay 3-2 in Cape Town

CAPE TOWN - Wesley Sneijder scored his fifth goal of the World Cup as Holland beat Uruguay 3-2 in last night's semi-final to reach Sunday's World Cup final in Johannesburg, where the Oranje will face the winners of tonight's second semi-final between Germany and Spain.

Inter midfielder Sneijder, who played the whole ninety minutes against Uruguay, put the Dutch national side 2-1 in front on 70 minutes after Diego Forlan cancelled out Giovanni van Bronckhorst's opener before the break. Arjen Robben made it 3-1 to the Oranje on 73 minutes, with Maxi Pereira reducing the arrears for the South Americans in injury time. 

Sneijder, now joint leading scorer on five goals with Spain's David Villa, said: "Winning six matches in a row at the finals is a great achievement for us and a wonderful thing for the Netherlands. Now we have four days to prepare us for one more 90 minutes. This is so special. I experienced a special final already with Inter and you must savour the moment as it doesn't happen very often. I have told my team to savour it, enjoy it, then give it all they've got."


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