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About midway through this year's World Cup in South Africa, much of the buzz was about the teams from South America.
The favorite, Brazil, was playing the beautiful soccer that it has become known for. Argentina, coached by former superstar Diego Maradona, easily beat all of its opponents and marched into the quarterfinal round. Paraguay, playing stifling defense - albeit in a less than visually pleasing fashion - also advanced to the quarterfinals. And the other guay, Uruguay, was somewhat surprisingly making its way out of group play and into the knockout round.
Well, two of the South American teams, Argentina and Paraguay, said adios in the quarterfinals and a third, Brazil, said adeus, leaving Uruguay as the only survivor into the semis.
On Tuesday, the other zapato dropped as the Netherlands broke a 1-1 tie early in the second half and went on to beat Uruguay 3-2 in a semifinal match becoming the first side to secure its spot in Sunday's final.
Holland's victory guarantees the world of a second consecutive all-European final. Four years ago Italy defeated France in penalty kicks to win the title. Wednesday's semifinal between Spain, the top team left in the tournament, and Germany, arguably the most dominant to this point in the Cup, will determine the second finalist, but either way, it's going to look a whole lot like the Euro Cup.
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