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Holland manager Bert van Marwijk has described securing a place in the World Cup final as 'unbelievable' amid his immense pride.

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"It is unbelievable. We can be very proud for such a small country."

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk

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The Dutch defeated Uruguay 3-2 in the semi-finals on Tuesday night in Cape Town to earn a first place in the final since the famous Total Football teams of 1974 and 1978.

Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben scored the decisive goals in the second half after Giovanni van Bronckhorst's opener had been equalised by Uruguay captain Diego Forlan, while Maxi Pereira could only grab a consolation in injury time.

Van Marwijk has been criticised for the negative style of his team in comparison with the flair of their Oranje predecessors, but the current crop are getting the job done and their manager could not hide his delight after the final whistle.

"It's amazing that we have managed to do this. It's been 32 years," he said.

"It is unbelievable. We can be very proud for such a small country.

"After the second and third (goals) we should have scored a fourth. That would have prevented that final phase.


"But this is a World Cup. It doesn't matter how you do it, it's all about the result."

He added: "I love attacking and beautiful football, but you have to work together when the opponent has the ball and then you can go a long way."

Holland will now meet either European champions Spain or Germany, who cross swords on Wednesday night, in the final on Sunday.

But the Dutch did not have it all their own way against Uruguay as Oscar Tabarez's underdogs continued to surpass expectations.

And Sneijder acknowledged as much after scoring his fifth goal of the tournament to draw level with Spain's David Villa in the race for the Golden Boot.

"It was a hard match, but all that is forgotten now and we are in the final," said the midfielder.

"The most important thing now is to win. We are so close. There is nothing bigger than the World Cup. This is tremendous, fantastic."