Sneijder eyes unique chance for Holland to make history

By Rhys Hayward
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Wesley Sneijder believes the Netherlands can win a first World Cup after their shock 2-1 win over favourites Brazil in Friday's quarter-final

wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder believes the Netherlands can win a first World Cup after their shock 2-1 win over favourites Brazil in Friday’s quarter-final.

The Inter Milan playmaker headed home the winner in Port Elizabeth after a Felipe Melo own goal had cancelled out Robinho’s first-half opener.

And with underdogs Uruguay to come in Tuesday’s semi-final, Sneijder senses a unique opportunity to create history.

“This is a unique chance for us to go all the way,” said the former Real Madrid man.

“This is simply a fantastic feeling. We’ve beaten Brazil 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals.”

Sneijder admitted the Dutch faced an uphill battle after falling behind before the interval but praised their fighting spirit.

“It seemed pretty much impossible to progress at half-time,” added the 26-year-old.

“However, we told each other during the break that we had to give it our all and that we could still make it to the semi-final.

“We started the second half with attacking intentions and were rewarded with a quick equaliser.

“I got all the time and space I needed for our second goal and I didn’t hesitate to head the ball home from inside the area.”

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