Netherlands 2-1 Brazil

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Yes, its back... er, not that the World Cup ever really went away. Still, I have missed it though. How about you?

In the last couple of (football-free) days here in Cape Town, Ive played with penguins, eaten antelope and stroked a cheetah but, to be honest, thoughts of the quarter-finals have never been far from my mind. The first two of those games take place today, with a mouth-watering encounter between the Netherlands and Brazil (1500 BST) followed by a fascinating match-up betweenUruguay and Ghana(1930 BST).

ImChris Bevanby the way, and Ill be taking you through all the build-up to kick-off in Port Elizabeth, before handing over toJonathan Stevensonfor the match itself. Now, like me, youve probably got high hopes for a meeting between the Dutch and Brazil but will it live up to epectations, seeing as both sides no longer seem to see it as their duty to entertain us? Sadly not.Today is likely to be all about winning ugly rather than Total Football or jogo bonito because, asNetherlands coach Bert van Marwijk says:if you play like that now, it is very hard to win the cup.

FromConstcrepe:Hoping for a great match with Holland and Brazil. Its a shame one has to go out. My money is on Brazil winning. They look so hard to break down.

I need you lot to get involved today, of course. Whether you are doubting the Dutch, backing Brazil, going for Ghana or under-estimating Uruguay then I want to hear from you. Text me on81111 (UK)or+44 7786200666 (worldwide), Im onTwitter @chrisbevan_bbcor you can alwaysget involved on 606.

From AvB in Sutton Coldfield:We are a Dutch/Anglo household and the tension is palpable in my poor Dutch husband. I dont think they can stop Brazil scoring so never has the Oranje army battlecry of aanvallah been so pertinent. Aanvallah! (pron. Arn-vol-a) means attack and I hope the Dutch do just that, I want football to be the w inner as long as that football is orange!

Lets not writeNetherlands-Brazil off before its even started, though.All three previous matches between the two sides at World Cups have been stone-cold classicsand they also have an abundance of talent in their squads in South Africa. Oh, and asClarence Seedorf, told me this week, the Dutch have not really got going yet, despite winning all four of their matches so far. Lets hope that changes today.

From Penny (who should be working):Netherlands to win, by far the better looking team.

World Cup Mottyhas already made his predictions for todays games. What does he reckon? Well, he rates Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben but feels the likes of Luis Fabiano and Robinho will have too much for the Oranje men. I think the Dutch will stretch Brazil but somehow or other the South Americans will go through, Motty says. Ghana have done very well and will put up a good fight but might find this a step too far against the experienced Uruguayans.

FromredandblackT:I quite fancy the Dutch for this.Theyve been effective so far but by their high standards a little dull.This just might be the game where they explode into attack mode.

By the way, the winner out of the Netherlandsand Brazil will play either Uruguay or Ghana in the semi-finals in Cape Town on 6 July. Have Ghana, Africas last surviving team in this World Cup, got a chance of making it? With Asamoah Gyan leading their line, BBC Sports Piers Edwards thinks his latest blog, Edwards also points out that tonightthey will be roared on by most of Soccer Citys 80,000 fans, as well as an entire continent, who will be willing the Black Stars to make Africa proud.

From anon:The Black Stars are well psyched up to beat Uruguay. We are sofull of hope in Ghana, its unbelievable. Go Ghana, go Black Stars.

From Andrew Howell:It looks very likely that it will be an all South American line up in the semi-finals although I think Holland are in with a shout.

The best thing about these quarter-finals are that they are wide open - I reckon Brazil are the biggest favourites and even they will not find it easy against the Dutch. Id fancy Spain to go through too but the other two games are too close to call.

From Peter at work in South Africa:Today well see my point proven that Brazil arent as great a team as in previous years. Come on Holland!

Fromfaranjiniho:Throughout the World Cup everyone has talked about the shift of power away from Europe and how South American teams are doing so well. The next two days will be crucial in settling this debate. The first ofthree rounds of Europe v South America starts this afternoon.

Something Ive noticed in the last few weeks is just how many of themain contenders in South Africaare employing two holding midfielders...Brazil, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands have all gone down that road, although Germany have a very different style of play to their rivals.

Whatever happens in the next couple of days, it has already been a remarkable tournament for South American teams. Four teams from that continent are through to the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1930. Why?BBC Mundos Vladimir Hernandez feels their style of play is a big reason:All four teams have graduated from a school that teaches players to cherish the ball, to hold it as much as possible. It is not just about flicks and tricks but opening up teams with quick one-twos and starving the opponents of possession.

From Colin in Birmingham:Sat at my desk at work in my orange Holland shirt, waiting for 3pm when Im heading into the boardroom downstairs on my own to watch on the plasma! I knew thetwo hours of flexi-time Id saved would come in handy!

You might have already heard thatManchester City have announced the signing of Yaya Toure from Barcelonain the last few minutes but I thought Id mention it, in case you hadnt. The fee? The small matter of 28m. Toure joins his brother Kolo at Eastlands and becomes Citys third signing of a World Cup player in the last few weeks, following Jerome Boateng of Germany and Spains David Silva.

From Howard in Cheshire:Im backing Holland today. Expecting a counter-attacking masterclass from the Dutch. Theyve got the talent, but it wont be easy stopping the Brazillians.

Fromhameau02:Re 1259. Im a little surprised at all this talk of a shift in power from Europe to South America. Every time the World Cup has been held outside Europe its been won by a South American team - surely this is just a continuation of this? South Africa might not have the heat that other non-European tournaments have had but the altitude factor is hugely advantageous to the South American sides.

From Carolina in London:Sat at my desk at work in my green & yellow shirt, flag in my bag, green & yellow nails, waiting for 3pm to run to the pub on the corner to see my Brazil shine again- I love the World Cup!

Right, kick-off in Port Elizabeth is about 90 minutes away, and the teams will be dropping anytime soon - so Im going to hand you over toJonathan Stevensonin Johannesburg. Whether you support Brazil or the Dutch, lets hope it lives up to past encounters, and Im really looking forward to Ghana v Uruguay later on too... after Ive been to see a certain Diego Maradona at Argentinas press conference in Cape Town. It should be a great day - enjoy it, and see you all soon.

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, thats a full day -Jim Valvano. Ive done a little of number one, a bit less of number two (stop it) and none of number three - but Im hoping Netherlands v Brazil and Uruguay v Ghana in the World Cup quarter-finals will take my emotions on a rollercoaster ride today. Welcome back to Johannesburg, I hope you enjoyed your journey to the centre of the earth.

So youre back withJonathan Stevenson- and if you refresh your page, Chris Bevan will be history. A couple of hundred yards up the road, Soccer City is being prepared for tonights quarter-final. Much more of that later.

Rest days: the curse of the man/woman with nothing other than theWorld Cupin his/her life. After twiddling thumbs for two days, were back in action today with a couple of potential crackers. At1500 BST, the Dutch meet the Samba Kings, while at1930 BSTthe Charruas meet the last Africans standing: the Black Stars. Its Ghana be big.

Speak now, or forever hold your peace (or just drop us a line later, if its more convenient). Heres how you get in touch on Matchday 20 (clue - its the same as the previous 19):text us on 81111 (UK)and+44 7786200666 (worldwide);make a point on the 606 page; anddrop me a tweet @Stevo_football.

OnTwitter:Brazilian and Dutch press say this is the toughest challenge for both teams in a while. The toughest since Dunga took over, says one paper. Yesterday for the first time in this WC Dunga said he expects a beautiful match. Holland like to play football, just like us.

Craig, London:Heres hoping Holland can squeeze past Brazil today by being a little more adventurous! Spain had their surprise breakthrough at the Euros, I fancy its the Dutchs turn this time round.

Netherlands:1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de Jong, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.

Brazil:1-Julio Cesar; 2-Maicon, 3-Lucio, 4-Juan, 6-Michel Bastos, 5-Felipe Melo, 8-Gilberto Silva, 13-Dani Alves, 10-Kaka, 11-Robinho, 9-Luis Fabiano.

Hey readers, have you been taking lots of snaps with players for ourWorld Cup Photo album? If not, why not? We still need players such as Netherlands Gio van Bronckhorst and Nigel de Jong, as well as Brazils Gilberto Silva and Ramires.Check out who else we need. So get snapping and send them to us at wor.ukto feature in our album.

Fromfootballfan:Team who counter-attacks well will win it. I hope referee doesnt get fooled by some diving and drama on the field. Watch out for Lucio, he is a good actor. Come on Holland!

The Netherlandsstick with the same side that beat Slovakia 2-1 in the last 16, with Arjen Robben making his second start of the tournament and Rafael van der Vaart on the bench. Seven of the Dutch starting XI are on yellow cards and would miss the semi-final if they get another booking today and their side progress.Brazilboss Dunga makes one change from the team that eased past Chile to reach the quarter-finals, with Felipe Melo shaking off an ankle injury to return in place of the suspended Ramires in midfield. Elano is still unavailable with an ankle problem.

Fromechobravo322:Entire office (600 people) here in Delft heading outside to watch match on massive screen & have BBQ at 4pm.

Netherlands:Nigel de Jong, Robin van Persie, Gregory van der Wiel, Dirk Kuyt, Rafael van der Vaart, Gio van Bronckhorst, Arjen Robben, Maarten Stekelenburg.

Brazil:Kaka, Luis Fabiano, Juan, Felipe Melo.

The Brazilians are first out for a warm-up inside the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.Kakasees a big poster of himself in the crowd and flashes one of those winning smiles. But will he be smiling come the final whistle?

Chris in London:Been wearing an orange tie all day, Netherlands scarf draped over computer screens and flag on my chair. I sit opposite a Brazilian girl in the office and the chat has been relentless!

Sean in Zimbabwe:If Holland score in the first 20 mins Brazil will go into shock and struggle to find their rhythm, as they havent had to handle any real pressure so far in the tournament. Cmon Oranje!

Netherlands coachBert van Marwijk may be trying to play it down, but its difficult not to get excited when two of the countries that helped the world fall in love with football meet on the greatest stage of all. Brazil are hot favourites to progress, but the Dutch are dangerous and in Arjen Robben, they have a mancapable of changing the course of any gamehe plays in.

Now then, more yellow card chat: if a player picks up his second yellow card of the World Cup in the quarters, he will miss the semi. But if he picks up his second in the semi, he will not miss the final. Thats the deal.

Breaking news: The Football Association announces that Fabio Capello will stay on as England manager.

I am more determined than ever to succeed with the England team.I am extremely proud to be the England manager, it means so much to me and I am determined to succeed.

Well, that didnt take two weeks did it now? Im absolutely sure youll be able to read more aboutFabio Capelloand England on the BBC Sport website this afternoon (other websites may also carry the story), but shall we concentrate on Netherlands v Brazil for now?

Fromwalrus:Heres a useless stat for you: Of the last six penalty shoot-outs in the WC, all have been won by the team taking the first pen.

The greater than greatJohan Cruyff laid into Brazil earlier this week. Heres what the maestro had to say:I would never pay for a ticket to watch the matches of this Brazilian team. Where has the Brazil team we all know disappeared to in this World Cup? Where is the Brazilian magic? Sounds like a challenge to me.

We dont fear Brazil and believe we can beat them. They have their worries about us and maybe more then we know. Brazil are favourites for the World Cup, but weve proven we can also beat this type of opponent. I am fully confident of that.

From our friends atInfostrada Sports:Captain Van Bronckhorst will retire afterthe World Cup, which could be today v BRA. He made his debut in a friendly v BRA in 1996 (2-2). Ned might not play with no 1-11 as Mathijsen (4) looks injured in warm-up.

Breaking news:Joris Mathijsen has picked up an injury in the warm-up, so Andre Ooijer takes his place in the Netherlands line-up.

At this stage of the competition, nobody can afford to be over-cautious, you have to play to win. From now on, each game is the World Cup final. There is no time for recriminations and what has happened beforehand is of no consequence now.

The teams, led out by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura and their captains Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Lucio, emerge into the sunshine at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Lets listen to two of the great World Cup anthems.

Before the anthems, we had Gio van Bronckhorst and Lucio reading out messages to the crowd on Fifas anti-discrimination day. Were absolutely closing in on kick-off now.

From Shaggy:That makes it a little more interesting - the solid Dutch back four have been broken up. Surely an advantage to Brazil!

Skippers Gio and Lucio do the honours and before you know it, were under way in our first World Cup quarter-final. Happy days.

The Dutch have had all the very early play and Dirk Kuyt sends a cross into the box, but Robin van Persie goes down and theres nothing doing there. Could be a cagey opening.

Early handbags alert - its lively. Arjen Robben tries to play a give and go on halfway and is fouled by Dani Alves. A couple of players get involved and Robinho is furious for some reason. Moments later, Felipe Melo kicks Mark van Bommel up into the air.

The Dutch are trying to push as high up the field as they possibly can. They dont want to be tested at the back too early on. Van Persies had a very average World Cup so far.

First signs of the Brazilians knocking it around a bit as Robinho, Dani Alves and Kaka work some decent triangles, but theres no chance at the end of it for Dungas team.

Oof, thats a great decision by the assistant referee. Dani Alves is slipped through into space on the left and he crosses for Robinho to tap in - but Alves is given offside, and he was, by inches.

You have to see this goal to believe it. Felipe Melo is on the halfway line and he plays a simple, direct pass forward where, incredibly,Robinhois onside and 20 yards out - he takes his time before slotting past Maarten Stekelenburg.

The Netherlands try to hit back immediately as Mark van Bommel releases Dirk Kuyt down their left and his shot is saved at the near post by Julio Cesar. By the way, the nearest defender to Robinho was Arjen Robben - not sure thats how Total Football should work.

The Dutch are struggling here. John Heitinga fouls Luis Fabiano off the ball and he is shown a yellow card. Hes not one of the ones on a booking already in the tournament, though.

Fromoldrugged:That was ridiculously easy. Whats with Holland?

Michel Bastos fouls Arjen Robben about 30 yards out and it is perfect for Robin van Persie this, a few yards right of centre. He promptly smacks it about 20 yards over the bar.

From Charles and Mike on tour from Wales:Cape Town seems to have turned Brazilian, some major celebrations here in the fan park!!!

Any player whos tried to put all his power through a free-kick at this tournament has put it over the bar. The idea with this Jabulani ball is to take a bit off it.

The Netherlands pump a ball into the Brazil box, but thats meat and drink to a goalkeeper like Julio Cesar and hell catch them all day long. Arjen Robben goes on a little run, but Brazil are getting plenty of people around the winger.

Too much whistle-blowing for my liking, the game just cannot flow at all. Its not all the referees fault, there are a lot of niggling fouls, but this will suit Brazil as they have the early lead.

What a chance. The Netherlands fail to clear a corner and after a bit of procrastinating Dani Alves finally sends over a second cross from the right - it falls perfectly for Juan seven yards out, but the defender can only blaze over. Right place, wrong player.

Dani Alves whips over a free-kick from the Brazil right and Luis Fabiano has found space 16 yards out after pulling away from his defender - butO Fabuloso can only head well over.

That would be the goal of the tournament - its absolutely sensational from the Brazilians. Robinho jinks between two defenders down the left, he plays it in to Luis Fabiano, who finds Kaka with a brilliant flick, and from 22 yards Kakas top corner-bound curler is tipped away superbly by Maarten Stekelenburg. Great stuff.

Fromeirebilly:RVP is having a Rooney-type tournament. He just doesnt look at all comfortable. You all may laugh but I would replace him with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar very soon.

Well done Mark van Bommel. Anyone who can stop Maicon in full flow gets my applause.

Wesley Sneijder fizzes in a free-kick from more than 30 yards, but it flies into the very safe hands of Julio Cesar, arguably the worlds best goalkeeper.

Michel Bastos gets nowhere near the ball and goes straight into the back of Arjen Robben, picking up a yellow card. Dunga is furious and smacks the back of the Brazilian bench with his right hand. Ouch.

The movement between Brazils front three of Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho - and Dani Alves actually - is brilliant. Theyre so hard to pick up. And all very comfortable in possession.

Now Maicon is penalised for a shove on Dirk Kuyt, and Dunga can barely contain his anger. He is locked in talks with the fourth official, hed do well to keep his own counsel, the Brazilian coach. Its getting increasingly niggly on the pitch, too.

Fromafricafeed:Oh its Total Football alright. Holland being outplayed, totally.

Robin van Persie sticks his left foot out and fouls Maicon and theres a free-kick every minute at the moment, theres no flow whatsoever to the game. Brazil are in the ascendancy, comfortably.

Into one added minute at the end of a fractured half of football, after Julio Cesar drops a cross but the keeper is spared as his Brazil defence help him out.

Dani Alves tees up the marauding Maicon (that should be his whole name) down the Brazil right and, Carlos Alberto-like, he smashes in a low right-foot shot from just inside the area thatMaarten Stekelenburg does well to tip away from his near post.

Only one team going to win this at the moment - big 15 minutes coming up for Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk.

The Netherlands should be happy with 1-0 because they could easily be 2-0 or 3-0 down at the break.

That chance at the end of the half for Maicon - were you thinking what I was thinking? Yes. 1970. Carlos Alberto. Nearly.

The Netherlandshave won eight matches in a row, a national record, and they are also unbeaten for 23 games. ButBrazilare a different animal - they have lost five out of their last 51 World Cup games since 1974 and have only lost two out of 25 in total in the southern hemisphere - in 1930, to Yugoslavia, and in 1950, to Uruguay.

From Lehlomela Tente in Maseru, Lesotho:Netherlands will come back. I trust and love them.

Fromcandre:The Netherlands need to be smarter. Its clear that Brazil really fear Robben so hes drawing three, sometimes four Brazilian defenders when he moves inside. The Dutch need to make sure they have one or two men in position to take advantage.

Back under way in Port Elizabeth, no changes at the break. Feel free to still get in touch, youre very quiet to say its quarter-final day:text us on 81111 (UK)and+44 7786200666 (worldwide); hit me onTwitter @Stevo_footballandjoin in the fun on 606.

Felipe Melo carelessly gives the ball away for Brazil and Arjen Robben races forward, but his touch is heavy and the chance goes begging. Gregory van der Wiel picks up a booking that would rule him out of a potential semi-final.

Juan heads a corner wide and Brazil are still the better of the two teams in Port Elizabeth. The Netherlands just cannot get into their stride.

That sums up the Dutch display so far - Wesley Sneijder tries a volley from 30 yards, but it dribbles harmlessly wide. Hes better than that. They all are.

Michel Bastos has already been booked - and hes a lucky, lucky boy to still be on the pitch after taking out Arjen Robben trapped against the Dutch right touchline.

Didnt see that coming - and neither did Julio Cesar. Wesley Sneijder curls over a left-footed cross from the Dutch right and Cesar, usually so reliable, comes for it, gets nothing on it and it clips the top ofFelipe Meloshead before creeping into the corner. Game. On.

Its a difficult one to deal with, but the keeper must clear it. If hes going out there, he must take everything with him. It was a very good ball in. The low trajectory caused the problem.

That is a huge, huge mistake for Julio Cesar to make. The Dutch have suddenly got a spring in their step - this could go either way now.

When they go 1-0 down against Brazil, a lot of teams let their heads go down. Thats not the case with the Dutch. They look really confident.

It took them a moment to regain their composure, but Brazil have started knocking it around again now. They need to get Kaka in the game more, especially as its getting a little bit more stretched.

Dani Alves sets his sights from 25 yards, but its always drifting away from the Dutch goal andMaarten Stekelenburg lets it go by. Brazil take off Michel Bastos and send on former Spurs man Gilberto.

From our friends atInfostrada Sports:Felipe Melo scored BRA s the first own goal in 97 matches of World Cup history.

Nigel de Jong is the next Dutchman to pick up a booking that would rule him out of a potential semi-final, this one for a pull on Robinho as he tries to get away down the left.

So, so close for Kaka. A cross from the Brazil right is sliced to the edge of the box by Andre Ooijer and Kaka takes a touch, lets it bounce and side-foots narrowly wide from 18 yards. He thought it was in, I did too.

Its just set up brilliantly this game now, isnt it?

What a story we have unfolding in Port Elizabeth. The Netherlands have come from behind to lead Brazil, the hot favourites for the World Cup. Arjen Robben curls over a corner from the right, Dirk Kuyt flicks on at the near post and there isWesley Sneijderto head into the corner. Incredible.

Dani Alves commits a needless foul in the Netherlands half - Brazil are starting to panic a bit. They just did not see this coming at all. About 20 minutes for them to save their World Cup campaign.

With all the sophistication and delicate passing movements you expect from the Dutch and Brazil, its the oldest corner in the book thats led to the goal.

Brazils task just got an awful lot harder. Felipe Melo tries to tackle Arjen Robben and when the Dutch winger goes to ground, Melo seems to stamp on him.Yuichi Nishimura immediately gets his red card out and there are few complaints from Melo.

Dani Alves fouls Arjen Robben this time and the Brazilians are fuming - Robinho screams at the Netherlands man and some of his team-mates are losing it too.

Andre Ooijer is booked for kicking the ball away and its rapidly descending into farce, this quarter-final. Even the usually placid Kaka is raging.

Brazil take off leading striker Luis Fabiano and send on Nilmer.

Fromdziekanowskisboots:Not much good football but lots of drama.

Robin van Persie gets another free-kick all wrong and balloons miles over from about 28 yards. Brazil are rapidly running out of time.

Maarten Stekelenburg makes a complete mess of a Maicon corner from the Brazil left, but Dirk Kuyt spares his blushes by heading behind for another corner. From the next one, Gilberto Silvas attempted header is gathered easily by the keeper.

More indecisiveness at the back from Brazil as Julio Cesar and Juan fail to communicate properly, but they get away with this one. Can the 10 men summon up a late leveller at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium?

Wesley Sneijders shot is saved by Julio Cesar, while at the other end Kaka skips past one tackle but sees his effort deflected behind by Andre Ooijer.

Robin van Persie is taken off again by the Dutch, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar coming on for what they hope are the last few minutes.

Adrie, Hastings:Wesley Sneijder - Fifa World Player of the Year.

Dirk Kuyt dances past Maicon and then Lucio, but he runs out of energy on the edge of the Brazil box and he cannot get a shot away. The seconds are ticking towards Brazils impending exit.

Lucio goes on a fabulous run from his own half and when he is 25 yards out Mark van Bommel cynically brings him down. No booking, but Dani Alves fancies this one.

Dani Alves shot hits the top of the Dutch wall. Still they pour forward, but Robinho cannot keep it in inside the six-yard box and theres a Netherlands goalkick. Tick, tick, tick.

Van Bommels taken over from De Jong now in terms of niggly fouls and getting stuck into people.

We are into injury time - Brazil have three minutes to stay alive at the World Cup.

Mark van Bommel fouls Dani Alves and still the Bayern midfielder is not booked.

Kakas cross is easily gathered byMaarten Stekelenburg. Seconds left.

I dont care who you are - thats an incredible World Cup shock. Brazil, the favourites to win the prize, have crashed out in the quarter-finals for the second successive tournament.

The Netherlands players walk slowly around the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, they look like they can barely believe the upset they have just caused. The Dutch are now 24 games unbeaten and have won nine in a row - are they the new favourites to win the World Cup?

No argument whatsoever. The better team has won on the day.

Im reeling. Having spent a bit of time with some Brazilians over the past couple of weeks in Johannesburg, they just had no doubt whatsoever that they would reach the final and probably win the thing. Grown men in the crowd are in floods of tears. Only at the World Cup. Reeling.

Own goal + red card = possibly the most hated man in Brazil right now. Spare a thought for poor Felipe Melo, who had an absolute shocker this afternoon.Now I understand why the Brazilians werent happy with his inclusion.They were right.

From George:Dunga experiment is over. Brazil should return to beautiful football.

Robinho looked like a little schoolboy in the second half after looking a class act in the first.

Can I just clarify something here? Prior to today,Brazil had lost only two of their 25 World Cup matches in the southern hemisphere- against Yugoslavia in 1930 in their first World Cup match, and the final in the Maracana in 1950. This is a shock of huge proportions.They call the 1950 game Maracanazo- I wonder what theyll call today? Still reeling.

The news just keeps on coming: Chelsea have signedYossi Benayounfrom Liverpool on a three-year deal, while Sunderland have baggedEgyptian internationalAhmed Al-Muhammadion a season-long loan from ENPPI.

Frompat the rat:Im glad Brazil are out, the way the pundits were drooling over them was sickening.

So, where does that leave us, World Cup draw? Well, theNetherlandswill now play the winners of tonights quarter-final between Uruguay and Ghanain Cape Town at 1930 BST on Tuesday.Pictures of Brazilians crying in Port Elizabeth are all over our screens - cue more reeling.

From Mark:Hup Holland Hup. Germany vs Netherlands final? After all the chat about all-South American semi-finals, we have seen the Europeans start to stamp their feet.

I dont know what more I can add - oh, did I mention Im reeling?Brazil are out of the World Cup, Netherlands are in the semis, and in just over two hours a few yards up the road,Uruguay and Ghana are going to meetfor the right to play the Dutch for a place in the World Cup final. Ree. Ling.Sam Lyonwill kick off our coverag.