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World Cup: Netherlands vs. Brazil: Netherlands wins, 2-1

July 2, 2010 |  8:55 am

The Netherlands came from behind to stun five-time champion Brazil, 2-1, Friday and become the first semifinalist of the World Cup.

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 Melo, who set up the opening goal with a brilliant through pass but then was shown a direct red card in the 73rd for stepping on Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, leaving Brazil with 10 men.

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

For more on the match, click here.

-- Associated Press

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