International Sports

World Cup: Day 22

Scores: The Netherlands 2, Brazil 1; Uruguay 4, Ghana 2 (penalty kicks).

Goal scorers: Netherlands: Felipe Melo (53, own goal), Wesley Sneijder (68). Brazil: Robinho (10). Uruguay: Diego Forlan (55). Ghana: Sulley Muntari (45 plus 2 minutes).

Matches of the day: PORT ELIZABETH - The Netherlands took advantage over the Brazilian contingent in a come-from-behind 2-1 victory to secure itself a spot in the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Felipe Melo struck an own goal in the 53rd minute of play that invigorated the Netherlands, while demoralizing the Brazilian squad. Wesley Sneijder later added to "the gift" for the Netherlands in the 68th minute for the eventual 2-1 win.

The veteran Robinho led Brazil with an early goal in the 9th minute for 1-0, but the advantage could not be defended amid the own goal and Sneijder's resilience.

In Johannesburg, Uruguay needed penalty kicks to break the 1-1 tie with Ghana.

Ghana was eliminated, 4-2, by way of stunning PKs.

Uruguay's Diego Forlán, Mauricio Victorino, Andrés Scotti y Sebastián Abreu struck their intended targets, while Maximiliano Pereira missed.

Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah and John Mensah failed to find the back of the net. Asamoah Gyan and Stephen Appiah each made their penalty kicks.Numerous Ghana players wept after the loss and were helped off the field after the match.

Lineups: Netherlands: Maarten Stekelenburg; Andre Ooijer, John Heitinga, Gregory Van der Wiel y Giovanni Van Bronckhorst; Mark Van Bommel, Nigel De Jong y Wesley Sneijder; Arje Robben, Dirk Kyut y Robin Van Persie (Klaas Jan Huntelaar, 85). Coach: Bert Van Marwuk. Brazil: Julio César; Maicon, Lúcio, Juan y Michel Bastos (Gilberto Melo, 62); Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva y Dani Alves; Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite "Kaká," Robinho y Luis Fabiano (Nilmar, 77). Coach: Carlos Caetano "Dunga."

Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Maximiliano Pereira, Diego Lugano (Andrés Scotti, 38), Mauricio Victorino, Jorge Fucile, Diego Pérez, Egidio Arévalo, Alvaro Fernández (Nicolás Lodeiro, 46), Edinson Cavani (Sebastián Abreu,76), Diego Forlán y Luis Suárez. Coach: Oscar Tabárez. Ghana: Richard Kingson, John Pantsil, Isaac Vorsah, John Mensah, Hans Sarpei, Anthony Annan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Kevin Prince Boateng, Samuel Inkoom (Stephen Appiah, 74), Sulley Muntari (Dominic Adiyiah, 88) y Asamoah Gyan. Coach: Milovan Rajevac.

Quote:"It was a result that no one expected because our team arrived with confidence and united from the last three and a half years," said Brazil's Julio César.

Saturday's matches: July 3: Quarterfinals: Argentina vs. Germany, 7 a.m.; Paraguay vs. Spain, 11:30 a.m.

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