Only 90 minutes of World Cup football have been played between Uruguay and the Netherlands in the history of the competition. We have to go back to the 1974 FIFA World Cup to remember about the only World Cup meeting that took place between these two sides.
The Netherlands and Uruguay were actually draw in the same section, Group 3. As they were opening their 1974 World Cup campaign, the Dutch came on top thanks to a brace from Johnny Rep which sealed the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Uruguay.
The Oranje went on to top their section and go all the way to the final of that tournament. But they fell 2-1 against West Germany in the final despite clinching a perfect start through Neeskens’ 2nd minute deadlock breaker. Meanwhile, Uruguay exited from the first round following a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria, and a 3-0 defeat against Sweden.
Today, the situation is way different. The Netherlands and Uruguay will meet in the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With luck on their side, the Dutch could defeat La Celeste Olimpica and reach the final again of the competition once again. But the Uruguayans will also make sure that their dramatic victory over Ghana won’t precede defeat.
2010 World Cup: Matches Played, Won, Drawn, or Lost
Uruguay: 5 games played, 4 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses
Netherlands: 5 games played, 5 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses
In this case, the Netherlands deserve the right to be claimed as winners. Their record is visibly stronger than Uruguay’s.
2010 World Cup: Goals Scored, Goals Conceded
Uruguay: 7 goals for, 2 goals against
Netherlands: 9 goals for, 3 goals against
It's hard to define a winner but the prize will certainly go to the Netherlands once again since goals scored have more value than goals conceded.
2010 World Cup: Yellow or Red Cards Received
Uruguay: 6 yellow cards, 1 red card, 1 straight red card
Netherlands: 12 yellow cards, 0 red cards, 0 straight red cards
Do you have a headache defining the name of the winner in that area? LiveSoccerTV.com leaves you the right to judge.
2010 World Cup: Fouls Committed
Uruguay: Luis Suarez, Diego Perez, Diego Lugano, Egidio Arevalo, and Jorge Fucile are the five players to have committed the most fouls in the Uruguayan team. Amongst them, 42 fouls have been committed.
Netherlands: Wesley Sneijder, Mark Van Bommel, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, Nigel De Jong, and Dirk Kuyt are the five players to have committed the most fouls in the Dutch team. Amongst them, 42 fouls have been committed.
There’s no winner between Uruguay and the Netherlands. Let’s take it as a draw.
2010 World Cup: Passes Accuracy
Uruguay: Diego Forlan, Egidio Arevalo, Diego Perez, Maximiliano Pereira, and Jorge Fucile are the five players to have made more passes than the rest of their team mates. Amongst them, 1055 passes have been made. Their average of passing accuracy is of 64.16%
Netherlands: Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, Mark Van Bommel, Nigel De Jong, Gregory Van der Wiel, and John Heitinga are the five players to have made more passes than the rest of their team mates. Among them, 1334 passes have been made. Their average of passing accuracy is of 78.94%.
On this note, let’s declare the Netherlands as winners.
Both Uruguay and the Netherlands have played a game each at the Cape Town Stadium. Uruguay opened that venue with a 0-0 draw against France on June 11 whereas the Netherlands secured a 2-1 win over Cameroon on Match-day Three to maintain their 100% record at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
So Uruguay are yet to score at the Cape Town Stadium. Can they upset favorites Netherlands even without their top striker Luis Suarez? Out of the statistics above presented by LiveSoccerTV.com, the Netherlands are the better team and thus deserve the right to be called favorites ahead of Tuesday night’s encounter. It’s left with you to bet right!
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