World Cup Soccer
 
              === Dutch still have work to do against Uruguay ===
 
 Cape  Town, South Africa (Sports Network) - The Netherlands defeated five-time
 FIFA  World Cup champions Brazil in the quarterfinals, but winger Arjen Robben
 said afterward "we've not come here to settle for the semifinals."
 
 The  Dutch lost to Brazil in the knockout round in 1994 and 1998, and earned a
 small  measure of revenge in South Africa to climb closer to their first final
 since the second of two straight runner-up finishes in 1978.
 
 But the win over the Brazilians means little, unless Holland continues its run
 in  the semifinals on Tuesday against another past champion, Uruguay, at Green
 Point Stadium.
 
 "What  matters now  is focusing on the  next game," Robben said. "We're in the
 last four and we know we're capable of reaching the final."
 
 Uruguay  captured two of the first four World Cups, in 1930 and 1950, and used
 a miracle finish against Ghana to advance to its first semifinal since 1970.
 
 The  Netherlands, the most  storied country to never win the World Cup, is the
 lone  semifinalist that  has won all of its matches. The Dutch cruised through
 the  group stage, and  with Robben back in the starting lineup in the knockout
 round, disposed of Slovakia and Brazil.
 
 Although  Robben spent a great deal of the match against Brazil on the ground,
 his  influence  has been obvious since  he returned from a hamstring injury in
 the last game of the group stage.
 
 Robben  and Wesley  Sneijder, who leads the Dutch with four goals, have teamed
 to  fuel the  run to the semifinals. Sneijder scored both second-half goals in
 the  comeback win  over Brazil, as the own goal originally charged to Brazil's
 Felipe Melo was later awarded to Sneijder.
 
 Brazilian  goalie Julio  Cesar admitted after the game Holland "deserved it in
 the second half, they played really well."
 
 Holland  boss Bert van Marwijk said after his side's first goal, the shot from
 Sneijder that deflected off Melo's head, changed the match.
 
 "Once  we scored our first goal we played much better," Van Marwijk said, "and
 proved that we've got a very strong squad."
 
 Van  Marwijk will have to look to the bench against Uruguay, as starting right
 back  Gregory van der Wiel and starting defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong are
 both suspended for accumulated yellow cards.
 
 In  addition, starting central defender Joris Mathijsen missed the Brazil game
 with  an injury picked up late in pre-match practice, and if he does not play,
 Van Marwijk will be without three of his first-choice players in the back.
 
 Uruguay  will be without Jorge Fucile and Luis Suarez, with the latter serving
 just  a one-match suspension  after swatting a sure goal off the line in extra
 time against Ghana.
 
 Ghana's Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty kick in the closing seconds of
 extra time, and Uruguay goalie Fernando Muslera made two saves in the shootout
 to send the South Americans through.
 
 "I  don't have  an explanation for what happened," Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez
 said.
 
 Uruguay  also won its group, tying France in its opener before wins over South
 Africa and Mexico. Uruguay beat South Korea, 2-1, in the round of 16.
 
 Although  Uruguay used a miracle in the closing seconds against Ghana, veteran
 Sebastian Abreu didn't think the teams semifinal appearance was just luck.
 
 "We  can't say  we had  winners' luck  because that  would imply  that we  are
 playing  down the work we have done since 2006," said Abreu, who converted the
 last penalty kick in the shootout to seal Uruguay's win.
 
 "This is a team that  has gone through a lot," Abreu added, "and that has been
 the key to a result in the World Cup."
 
 07/05 13:14:10 ET

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