Couldn’t do much about the goals, as all of them were perfect – went in off the upright. For the first goal though, he used his right hand when diving to the left. He was able to get his fingers to the ball and had he used his left hand, he might have saved it. Made an excellent save to deny Van der Vaart later on.
Extra marks for scoring a late, late goal. But his attempt to block Sneijder’s shot helped it into the goal past Muslera. Yellow carded for fouling Robben (who hasn’t?).
DIEGO GODIN: 7
Solid as ever, won his tackles and commanding in air. Uruguay needed him, and his presence made a difference.
In for the captain and he was at times made to look good by Godin. Nervous and shaky, Uruguay missed their inspirational captain. His positioning was not impressive too.
MARTIN CACERES: 6
GOAL-SAVING tackle on Robben. Then carded for breaking De Zeeuw’s face later on. Had his moments.
DIEGO PEREZ: 6
He tried his best, but Netherlands were technically superior for him to worry them. Was efficient when they were searching for the equalizer in the first half, but that’s about it.
WALTER GARGANO: 7
Did a good job closing down the Dutch in the first half. Showed energy and enthusiasm as he admirably denied his opponents space and time. Maybe the best of Uruguay’s midfield, at least in the first half.
Was handed the task of marking Sneijder, and one cannot deny he did a good job, especially in the first half (much like all his midfield compatriots, who somewhat disappeared in the second half). As the match reached it’s latter stages, he slowly faded away.
ALVARO PEREIRA: 6
A bundle of energy he was, but wasteful with his end product. Either too heavy a touch he took, or he got himself into positions from which it was impossible to cross. SHOULD have passed to Forlan when Stekelenburg left his line.
Known for his intelligent runs, and there was plenty of that. Tried his best to get into smart positions, working well with Forlan, but with Suarez missing, a little too much for him to do.
DIEGO FORLAN: 8
Maybe a bit too high, but once again he lived up to the billing. He was starved of any real service throughout the match, but made space for himself, and took a rocket of a shot. Made a goal out of absolutely nothing.
COACH – OSCAR TABAREZ: 6
Can’t be blamed much, there’s a reason why they call him “The Master” and he’s performed admirably throughout. Captain Lugano and Suarez missed the match and he was deprived of players that would have made a difference. That said, he did not respond in any way to his opposite number bringing on Van der Vaart at half time.
Should have done better with Forlan’s goal. And was caught miles from his goal, but was not punished.
KHALED BOULAHROUZ: 8
Van der Weil was not missed. Not one bit. A somewhat silly pass to Stekelenburg, but apart from that, he was excellent in defence.
He was guilty of giving Forlan too much space for his goal, but was solid otherwise, rarely looked troubled by the injury that kept him out of the Brazil game.
Was caught out of position one times too many. Did his best to stop the opposing attacks, and played a good game either ways.
VAN BRONCKHORST: 8
Some goal that was! Made lots of tackles, giving Kuyt more freedom up front. Beautifully exploited space on his flank, never the more when he scored that screamer of a goal.
DE ZEEUW: 4
De Zeeuw shares one word with De Jong’s name, and that’s where the similarities end. His only real highlight was his face getting ripped apart by Caceres – after which whatever small influence he had went down to zero – and he was unsurprisingly substituted at half time.
VAN BOMMEL: 6
Was their only real defensive midfielder, especially after De Zeeuw was subbed off.
The commentator at one point said, “Exactly WHAT does Bommel have to do to get booked?!”.
And the answer to that question – time wasting. What a way to go, after over 13 tackles without getting carded. Was sloppy, but did his job.
WESLEY SNIPER SNEIJDER: 7
Distributed the ball well, finding Kuyt and Robben whenever they were in space. Couldn’t control the match as much as he would have liked, but he eventually scored ot kill the game.
DIRK KUYT: 7
Unsettled at first, he had a better night after switching wings. Must have thanked his lucky stars that Uruguay had no one of Maicon/Alves quality. Played hard and was efficient. Set up Robben’s third goal with a beauty of a cross.
Scored a goal, and instead of Sneijder, he took the brunt of making opportunities. Always looked like creating something. Fluffed a chance later on, but it didn’t matter.
ROBIN VAN PERSIE: 7
Made one unbelievable tackle in the first half, which even the commentator didn’t expect. His amazing turn and pass set up Van der Vaart. Never lost the ball and smartly set up his team-mates. Assisted Sneijder’s goal.
VAN DER VAART: 6
Had one shot parried, nothing else worth remembering. But, along with his other team-mates, he was too much to handle for Uruguay’s defence. Did a good job defensively too.
COACH – BERT van MARWIJK: 8
His half time substitution tipped the balance in Netherland’s favour, and his team came out in the second half with all guns blazing.
Should have booked Van Bommel earlier. Fluffed quite a few offside/onside calls.