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What the world thinks about the semi-finals...

Goal.com's global team of editors offer their respective views on the upcoming World Cup semi-finals.

On Tuesday night we see Uruguay face the Netherlands, before two old European powers battle on Wednesday in the form of Spain and Germany.

Who will prevail? Here's what we think...

Uruguay - Netherlands
Germany - Spain
0-2

The absence of Luis Suarez could have a detrimental impact on the South American side's attacking prowess, and after seeing off Brazil, you feel Oranje have the momentum to go all the way. Wesley Sneijder's dream season will continue by finding the net again.

Paul Macdonald, Goal.com International
1-2

Vicente del Bosque's side have not yet shown their hand, while Germany have been imperious. However, in David Villa they have one of the best, in-form strikers in the World, and Thomas Mueller's omission for die Mannschaft could prove pivotal. Spain to nick it - just.

Paul Macdonald, Goal.com International
0-1


Bert van Marwijk is likely to play this game very carefully, knowing the danger Uruguay can pose offensively. He will trust in his players' superior quality and Holland should emerge as winners.

Sulmaan Ahmad, Goal.com UK
1-3

The first goal will be hugely important. If Germany get it, they could cause yet another incredible upset. However, if Spain get it -- which I think they will, due to their patient approach and midfield strength -- then they may be hard to catch. A huge determinant in this game is whether Fernando Torres starts (bad) or is left out for Cesc or Silva (good).

Sulmaan Ahmad, Goal.com UK
0-2

Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben will be the key men for Bert van Marwijk as he will try to keep the same system in place with which he managed to beat Brazil. I expect the absence of Luis Suarez to be a detrimental factor for Uruguay as there is no one else who can provide the same punch in attack as he can. The Netherlands should run away with this one.

Nikunj Merchant, Goal.com India
1-2

Spain (surprisingly) have been finding it difficult to score many goals lately. David Villa is the only real performer up front with Fernando Torres having a miserable tournament. Their defence hasn't been all that convincing either. Germany, on the other hand, have been rampant and their young and talented team should give them the edge. Germany in the finals for me.

Nikunj Merchant, Goal.com India
0-1

Uruguay has found the defensive consistency in the World Cup, which will probably make things difficult for the Netherlands. But the absence of Luis Suarez is too much for the Uruguayans. His partnership with Diego Forlan was what made the team dangerous up front. Without him, Forlan is alone.

Andre Baibich, Goal.com Brazil
1-1

Germany's counter-attacks are hard to stop, but I don't think Spain will give the Germans that many chances to counter-punch, as their quality players do not make a lot of errors in passes. It will be a very tough match, that can be decided by details. Spain, in my opinion, will have the edge in those conditions, because of the experience of their players.

Andre Baibich, Goal.com Brazil
0-1

Uruguay has a very good defence and Diego Forlan could be the man who could decide this match again. But I think the Dutch team is stronger. They have shown their superiority against Brazil and Tuesday they will show their team spirit again, I am sure. Arjen Robben will be the man who shoot Oranje into the final.

Nils Reschke, Goal.com Germany
2-0

The Germans have reached the semis and their personal objective. Now there will be pressure, everybody knows, that this team is one of the best. Spain's protagonists have already spoken about Germany, saying they are better than the Furia Roja. But Spain are the European Champions with excellent players, don't forget. In the end I think Germany will take its run directly in the final with goals from Miroslav Klose and Mesut Oezil, setting up a classic with the Dutch.

Nils Reschke, Goal.com Germany
1-2

I do believe that the Dutch are a stronger unit as compared to Uruguay and that shall eventually have a bearing on the end result. The quartet of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie will be too much for the South Americans who will rely on Diego Forlan for a moment or two of brilliance.

Rahul Bali, Goal.com India
2-0

Spain don't have a great defence and in quick counter-attacks they can be breached which Germany are more than capable of with the pace of Lucas Podolski and Mesut Oezil. Over-reliance on David Villa and one dimensional play in the absence of Fernando Torres providing the aerial threat, Spain don't look the force they were back in 2008.

Rahul Bali, Goal.com India
0-2

With Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder on their best form ever, and after the surprising and convincing victory over Brazil in quarter-finals, there’s nothing that can stop the Netherlands from playing the final. The so far inspired Uruguayan squad will have to rely solely on Diego Forlan‘s ability towards the opposite goal, because of Luis Suarez’s absence, and this situation, in addition to the great balance of defence and attack showed by the team trained by Bert van Marwijk, will put Dutch in the final.

Sergio Aguilera, Goal.com Spain
2-3

The winner here will probably win the final. All the convincing victories by Germany in the tournament have been based on imposing its pattern of playing and making swift transitions to attack. Nonetheless, that is not going to happen this time around, since the dominance of Spanish midfield, with the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso as commanders of the European Champions' powers, will ultimately put the game in Spanish hands. David Villa – the best striker of the tournament – will score the winner.

Sergio Aguilera, Goal.com Spain
1-2

I think it won't be that easy for Holland on Tuesday. Beside the excellent second half against Brazil, Holland didn't impress me with their play against weaker opponents like Denmark, Japan, Cameroon and Slovakia (but I'm happy to live with it when they are crowned champions). Against Uruguay I expect a difficult, slow match. In the end they will celebrate after a scare in the first half (Uruguay goal). Finally Robin van Persie will make sense with a goal.

Wout Stravers, Goal.com Netherlands
3-0 


Germany is on fire and Spain will be their next victims. I'm not impressed by the European Champions and really don't understand why David Villa is playing from the left and Fernando Torres in the centre. In my opinion Villa can be even more dangerous in the centre. Vicente del Bosque has to realize this before the sensational Germans blow them away.

Wout Stravers, Goal.com Netherlands
0-0 (4-2 pens.)

Uruguay has a brilliant defence, and Netherlands too. I love it! I think that nobody will be able to score and so, the match will go to penalties and I think Netherlands will win.

Fabrizio Ponciroli, Goal.com Italy
0-1

David Villa is a great player. He can win the match, also without the real Fernando Torres. Germany, without Thomas Mueller is a different squad. Spain in final for me.

Fabrizio Ponciroli, Goal.com Italy
2-1

The feeling in Uruguay is absolutely incredible at the moment and both the players and fans feel like they recreate those past days of domination. That belief, the watertight defence and an in form Diego Forlan can steer the South Americans past a tough Dutch side.

Daniel Edwards, Goal.com International
2-0

No team arrives in the last four in as good form or with such confidence as this dangerous Germany side. I fancy Joachim Loew's boys to triumph over a Spain team yet to click in South Africa, although much depends on Germany's ability to shackle David Villa as effectively as they did Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney before.

Daniel Edwards, Goal.com International
0-2

The absence of important players will affect the Uruguayans more than the Dutch. The strength of Bert van Marwijk is keeping the focus on every game, so Oranje won't underestimate Uruguay, which is a tactically very well educated unit. Again Wesley Sneijder will be the key player in Oranje's decisive actions and score with a free kick before he will serve Robin van Persie a great ball to take the decision in the second half. Diego Forlan's goal comes too late for Uruguay, who may be proud anyway after this good World Cup.

Francois Duchateau, Goal.com Germany
1-1 (5-6 pens)

England missed the quality and confidence, Argentina had to deal with a lack of tactical issues, so is Spain the first big team, that won't let Germany play their game. Still the Spanish eleven has to shine like they did at the Euro 2008, but Germany - missing Thomas Mueller - will arrange a close fight, which will be decided in penalties. For the first time a German team will lose a shoot-out (Trochowski missing).

Francois Duchateau, Goal.com Germany
1-3


There is no better time than now for the Dutch to reach their third World Cup final. They are in top form and have been consistent throughout the tournament. Uruguay are not the same without Luis Suarez and I would expect Dirk Kuyt and Arjen Robben to tear the Uruguayan defence from the wings.

Bima Said, Goal.com Indonesia
2-1 (AET)

Spain have lacked that finishing touch and it will be difficult for them to find their way through the solid German defence. Certain key players will be absent for Germany, but on the other hand I am not so confident about Fernando Torres, who should be the next big star to exit the World Cup without scoring. I expect Germany to do what is necessary to get revenge over Spain, but unlike England and Argentina this will be a tight match.

Bima Said, Goal.com Indonesia
1-0

Both teams came all the way to the semi-finals not by playing a glossy, free-flowing football but rather by grinding out results and showing resilience. So I expect another similarly cautious performance from both sides in an evenly balanced game with few chances. Under such circumstances, Netherlands will prevail since they are the richer side when it comes to the talent and individual brilliance. 

Erhun Geyisi, Goal.com Turkey
2-1

I think Germany are the favourites here as we have seen Spain constantly struggling to score and getting more anxious as time passes within the games. It is going to be a tight affair that's for sure but unlike Euro 2008, Spain seems to lack that killer instinct and Germans are sure more confident after back-to-back high-scoring wins against such powerhouses like Argentina and England.  

Erhun Geyisi, Goal.com Turkey


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