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Forward accepts clash with Oranje will be tough...

Two-time world champions Uruguay face Netherlands on Wednesday in their first World Cup semi-final since 1970. Highly rated attacker Diego Forlan is aware of the strength of the Dutch, but has made it clear Uruguay will be ready for the challenge.

"Everyone knows Netherlands are a great side with some world class players, especially up front. They are solid at the back too and they are all comfortable on the ball. That makes it an even more difficult game for us," said Forlan to fifa.com.

"We have to keep on doing the things that have gotten us this far. We’ve had respect for all our opponents and we won’t be making an exception now. We know how to play teams like the Netherlands too, and you have to be ready to face the challenge, whether it’s 90 or 120 minutes. The team’s definitely ready to face this one.

"The excitement back home is really fantastic. We know people are getting really caught up in it, especially the youngsters, who’ve never seen Uruguay go this far. And on a personal level I’m thrilled to be bringing so much joy to the Uruguayan people. Let’s just hope we can give them more to cheer about."

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