World Cup 2010 - Match facts: Uruguay v Netherlands

Opta - Sun, 04 Jul 11:06:00 2010

All the key facts and stats ahead of the first semi-final.

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The two sides have met on four occasions in total, with Uruguay winning three times and the Dutch one.

The winning side in matches between these two sides has always scored two goals, with three of those games ended in 2-0 scorelines, while the other match ended 2-1.

The two sides’ only previous meeting in the World Cup came in 1974 when the Dutch won 2-0 in a group game, with Jonny Rep netting both goals.

The Netherlands’ have won each of their last three matches 2-1.

Against Uruguay, the Dutch will be hoping to set a new record for wins in one World Cup tournament, after equaling the record from 1974 (five) by beating Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Wesley Sneijder has now bagged six goals in his last seven internationals.

The Dutch have lost just two of their 10 meetings with South American sides in World Cup finals (not including penalty shoot-outs).

Uruguay are without a win in their last 13 World Cup finals games against European opposition (six draws, seven losses) with their last success over a European side coming in 1970 when they beat the Soviet Union 1-0 in a quarter-final.

Diego Forlan may have scored four World Cup finals goals (2002-present), but he is yet to find the net against a non-African team.

Three of Diego Forlan’s four goals in World Cup finals history have come from outside the box.


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