Neutrals have always loved the Dutch because of their swagger, their flair and their self-destructive tendencies.
There was something unbearably romantic about a team of lavishly-skilled but fatally-flawed mavericks breezing to the latter stages before falling victim to those twin foes: in-fighting and penalties.
Now Bert van Marwijk has taken a well-organised and effective team to the final, everyone seems to have gone off them.
Barely a minute passed during their 3-2 win over Uruguay without Clive Tyldesley mentioning their new-found pragmatism.
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