Netherlands, Brazil in quarterfinal rematch
In ’94, South Americans won, and today’s match may be another shootout
JOHANNESBURG — When Brazil plays the Netherlands in soccer, scoring usually isn’t a problem.
Today’s World Cup quarterfinal is the rematch of a spectacular quarterfinal played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas during the 1994 World Cup.
In that one, Brazil darted to a 2-0 lead, but Netherlands came back and tied the match. Brazil then scored in the 81st minute for a thrilling 3-2 victory and went on to win the Cup.
Dunga, now the Brazilian coach, played defense and was captain of that team.
“A wonderful memory,’’ he said. “Now it’s time to make a new one.’’
The five-time champion Brazilians have Luis Fabiano, Robinho and Kaka, as dangerous a trio as any in the tournament. The Dutch counter with Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie.
It could make for some tantalizing soccer.
“They have a pleasing style and play attacking football,’’ Dunga said, “and we haven’t forgotten how to put the ball in the back of the net. There is a
When: 9 a.m. Where: Port Elizabeth TV-radio: ESPN, Univision and KTXX-FM (104.9), KZNX-AM (1530), KWNX-AM (1260)
The buzz: World No. 1 Brazil is gaining steam as the tournament moves on. The Brazilians have no apparent weaknesses. They don’t play the beautiful game the way they used to, but Selecao is deadly efficient. Look for defenders Maicon and Michel Bastos to make threatening forward runs, and the fourth-ranked Dutch will try to catch them on the counter-attack. The return to health of winger Arjen Robben has made a big difference in the Dutch attack. Speedy reserve Eljero Elia could play a key role for Holland in what should be a crowd-pleasing match.
Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, left, with teammate Joris Mathijsen, faces top-ranked Brazil today.