Sneijder, Robben key for Dutch

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

CAPE TOWN - If the Dutch plan to paint Soccer City orange on Sunday, they'll look to their dynamic duo of Sneijder & Robben to lead them to their coveted Tangerine Dream.

Easily the top two offensive stars on this team, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben led the way again for The Netherlands Tuesday, scoring goals four minutes apart in the second half to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 3-2 semi-final victory over Uruguay at Green Point Stadium.

Whether it is Germany or Spain that faces The Netherlands in the title game, this much seems certain: If you stop Sneijder and Robben, you'll likely stop the Dutch.

Fail in that endeavour and, well, just ask the Brazilians what can happen.

It was Sneijder's two second-half goals against the high-octane Brazilians that allowed the Dutch to send their opponents back to South America after a 2-1 Netherlands' victory in the quarterfinals.

Next came Uruguay in the semis. And we all saw how that played out.

"Sneijder plays a very important role," Dutch coach Bert Van Marwijk said, refusing to elaborate.

Thanks for stating the obvious.

Smothering Sneijder and Robben, on the other hand, will be a much more difficult task.


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