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Netherlands to semifinals

The Dutch team has qualified for the semifinals of the World Cup in South Africa.

Dutch Wesley Sneijder scored on a header as the Netherlands rallied to stun five-time champion Brazil 2-1 on Friday, becoming the first semifinalist of the World Cup in South Africa.

The South Americans were the most dangerous team in the first half. Robinho had given Brazil the lead at the 10-minute mark, but the Netherlands tied the game in the 53rd with an own goal from Felipe Melo.

Felipe Melo had set up the opening goal with a brilliant through pass to Robinho, but after the own goal he was ejected in the 73rd for stepping on Dutch winger Arjen Robben, leaving Brazil with 10 men down the stretch.

The Netherlands scored twice in the second half to stun Brazil, 2-1, in the World Cup quarterfinals. The Dutch will play either Ghana or Uruguay on July 6 in the semifinals World Cup 2010.

This is the first time the Netherlands has reached the semifinals since the 1998 World Cup in France.