Netherlands withstood a late rally in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final to dash Uruguay's World Cup dreams. A first-half strike from Giovanni van Bronckhorst and two goals in the second period from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben were enough to record a 3-2 victory.
Attacker Robin van Persie put in one of his best performances of the tournament so far and was overwhelmed with Holland's success. The Arsenal star didn't get carried away though and was already thinking about the final.
"This is such a great feeling. Reaching the final like this really gives me goosebumps," said Van Persie to NOS.
"We knew Uruguay had a great team as well and that it wouldn't be an easy game. They were never going to give up until the referee blew his whistle for the last time. We held on to our lead though to progress.
"We beat Uruguay with some nice attacking play. We scored three good goals and fought extremely hard for the victory.
"Reaching the final is like a dream a come true. It doesn't really matter whether we will play against Germany or Spain. However, I have a feeling we will play against the Germans. It'll be a great challenge anyway."
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