Netherlands Defeats Uruguay, 3-2 To Advance to World Cup Final‎

Netherlands pushed Uruguay aside with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday to reach their third World Cup final and set up an all-European clash with Spain or Germany.

Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half from Wesley Sneijder, his fifth of the tournament, and Arjen Robben gave Netherlands a 3-1 lead but Maximiliano Pereira gave them some nervous moments with a late goal in time added on.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst had given the Dutch an early lead with a long-range drive before Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan equalised just before halftime, also with a superb strike.

European champions Spain play Germany in Durban in the other semi-final on Wednesday with the winners playing Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

It will be Europe’s 10th World Cup win in 19 finals but the first by a European side outside their own continent. The Dutch lost both their previous finals in 1974 and 1978 to West Germany and Argentina respectively.

We’ve made a PowerPoint presentation and a video to show you the wonderful 2010 FIFA World Cup semifinal between Netherlands and Uruguay. Enjoy!

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Previous FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Winners

The World Cup Golden Boot Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup.

The award was introduced at the 1930 World Cup. The 1994 World Cup in the United States was the first time that Silver and Bronze boots awards were added to reward the second and third top scorers in the tournament.

Since 1994, if there is more than one player with the same amount of goals, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has contributed the most assists (with the FIFA Technical Study Group deciding whether an assist is to be counted as such). If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has played the least amount of time.

Here is a table of previous FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Winners:

FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Team Goals
1930 Uruguay Guillermo Stabile Argentina 8
1934 Italy Oldrich Nejedly Czechoslovakia 5
1938 France Leonidas da Silva Brazil 8
1950 Brazil Marques Ademir Brazil 7
1954 Switzerland Sandor Kocsis Hungary 11
1958 Sweden Just Fontaine France 13
1962 Chile Florian Albert, Garrincha, Valetin Ivanov, Drazen Jerkovic, Leonel Sanchez, Vava Hungary, Brazil, USSR, Yugoslavia, Chile, Brazil 4
1966 England Eusebio Portugal 9
1970 Mexico Gerd Muller Germany 10
1974 West Germany Grzeogorz Lato Poland 7
1978 Argentina Mario Kempes Argentina 6
1982 Spain Paolo Rossi Italy 6
1986 Mexico Gary Lineker England 6
1990 Italy Salvatore Schillaci Italy 6
1994 USA Oleg Salenko, Hristo Stoichkov Russia, Bulgaria 6
1998 France Davor Suker Croatia 6
2002 South Korea/Japan Ronaldo Brazil 8
2006 Germany Miroslav Klose Germany 5
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20 Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks Shows on Flickr

For people in the United States, the 4th of July is about family, friends and time-honored traditions. Nothing says “Independence Day” quite like the night sky set ablaze with fireworks. Hopefully, you have enjoyed the Independence Day fireworks shows in your area on Fourth of July. If not — or if you just can’t have enough — we’ve found 20 gorgeous fireworks photos from past 4th of July celebrations and made a video to feast your eyes upon.

Let us know your favorites in the comments below or tell us about the best fireworks displays you’ve seen. Enjoy!

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