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Brazil Out In 2-1 Loss To Netherlands; Uruguay Beats Ghana 4-2 In Shootout

The Netherlands came from behind to stun five-time champion Brazil at the World Cup on Friday.

The 2-1 win gives the Dutch a spot in the semifinals and eliminates the South American powerhouse.

Wesley Sneijder scored the winner in the 68th minute with a header following a corner kick. Robinho had given Brazil the lead in the 10th, but the Netherlands equalized in the 53rd with an own goal from Felipe Melo.

It was a match of sharp contrasts for Felipe Melo, who set up the opening goal with a brilliant through pass but then was shown a red card in the 73rd for stepping on Netherlands winger Arjen Robben.

The Netherlands reached the semifinals for the first time since losing to Brazil on penalties at the 1998 World Cup in France.


Uruguay Reaches World Cup Semifinals, Beating Ghana 4-2 In Penalty Shootout

Uruguay reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1970, beating Ghana 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw Friday.

Sulley Muntari gave Ghana the lead with a left-foot strike seconds before halftime at Soccer City, but Diego Forlan equalized from a free kick in the 55th minute.

Asamoah Gyan had a chance to win the match for Ghana with the final kick of extra time, but he hit the crossbar with a penalty after Luis Suarez was sent off for handling the ball on the line.

Uruguay will play the Netherlands in the semifinals on Tuesday in Cape Town.