Sneijder awarded Dutch opener

Double delight sets up Uruguay semi-final date

Sneijder: Credited with opener

Sneijder: Credited with opener

Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been credited with his team's opening goal in their 2-1 quarter-final triumph over Brazil.

The Dutch progressed to the final four on Friday with the aid of Sneijder's strike, which was originally awarded to Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo.

The Inter Milan schemer's cross clipped the head of Melo en route to goal to level the scores and was originally given as an own goal.

Sneijder then nodded in the winner for his team but can now claim credit for both goals, taking his tally for the tournament to four - the joint highest alongside Robert Vittek (Slovakia), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) and David Villa (Spain).


The 26-year-old can boost his quest for the Golden Boot in Tuesday's semi-final against Uruguay - a team coach Bert van Marwijk refuses to underestimate.

The Uruguayans beat Ghana on penalties to set up the date in Cape Town and the Netherlands will go into the clash as firm favourites to progress to the final.

But Van Marwijk is wary of being dismissive of the South Americans, who have made an unexpected passage to the latter stages of the tournament.

He said: "I think the next game is a very dangerous game. This is the moment that I have already talked about for two years.

"When you beat Brazil and you are in the last four of the World Cup then there is a next game coming and the next game is Uruguay.


"They are fighters and we have to be very focused."

The boss was also refusing to think about the final, which is potentially just 90 minutes away for a team who have never won the trophy.

He went on: "I don't think that way. When you want to be world champions you have to win every game.

"The message to the team is to keep concentrating day-by-day, match-by-match and that is what we are going to do."