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Netherlands to Face Brazil in World Cup Quarterfinals; Spain-Portugual Bout Awaited


Netherlands beat Slovakia 2-1 in a second round match at Moses Madhida stadium in Durban, and Brazil defeated Chile 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals

World Cup soccer action Monday, Netherlands beat Slovakia 2-1 in a second round match at Moses Madhida stadium in Durban, and Brazil defeated Chile 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Brazil will play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Netherland’s Arjen Robben scored the first goal against Slovakia in minute 18 by cutting inside from the right flank and firing low. Wesley Sneijder added another in the 84th minute kicking into an unguarded net.

In the Brazil-Chile match, defender Juan and forward Luis Fabiano each scored in the first half of Monday's game in Johannesburg. Manchester City star Robinho scored a second-half goal to extend the Brazil lead to three as the five-time champions cruised to an easy victory over their fellow South Americans.

Sports commentator Omega Sibanda told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye earlier that he was looking forward to Brazil-Chile, adding that he was not impressed with play by unbeaten Netherlands.

The World Cup knockout stage wraps up Tuesday when Paraguay plays Japan in Pretoria and Spain takes on Portugal in Cape Town, with the games determining the tournament's last quarterfinal berths.

History will be made when Japan plays Paraguay Tuesday, with the winning team advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time ever. Paraguay is hoping to build on its success after topping the Group-F standings. But Japan, which was second in Group-E, is making its first appearance in the knockout stage on foreign soil.

In Cape Town, world number-two Spain, which topped Group-H, battles third-ranked Group-G runner-up Portugal.

The match features two teams considered strong contenders before the tournament.

European champion Spain was upset, 1-0 by Switzerland in its opening match before beating Honduras and Chile. Portugal played scoreless draws against Ivory Coast and Brazil and crushed North Korea, 7-0.

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