Nether­lands, Brazil in quar­ter­fi­nal re­match

In ’94, South Amer­i­cans won, and to­day’s match may be an­other shootout

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

Frank Aug­stein

Nether­lands winger Ar­jen Robben, left, with team­mate Joris Mathi­jsen, faces top-ranked Brazil to­day.

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