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World Cup: Uruguay vs. the Netherlands: Dutch take early lead

July 6, 2010 | 11:55 am

Bronckhorst_400 The Netherlands strike first on a 30-yard missile from Giovanni Van Bronckhorst in the 18th minute.

His first goal in the tournament, Van Bronckhorst's shot came on a left-footer from the left wing, sailing over the outstretched arm of Uruguayan keeper Fernando Muslera toward the far post, which it struck before bouncing into the net.

The Dutch are all in orange -- tops, shorts and socks. Uruguay has a classic look with powder-blue tops and black shorts and socks.

The Netherlands got the first good chance in the fourth minute, but Muslera, who has been spectacular in this tournament, punched Dirk Kuyt's shot away with a fist.

Diego Forlan brought Uruguay's fans to their feet in the 13th minute when he took a pass unmarked in the area, but he was clearly offside.

-- Kevin Baxter in Durban, South Africa

Photo: Giovanni Van Bronckhorst celebrates after scoring a goal Tuesday. Credit: Carlos Barria / Reuters.