Will striker in red-hot form get South Americans to World Cup 2010 final?

Tags: Football World Cup

Published: 20:14 05/07/2010

We’re at the semi-final stages of the 2010 World Cup, and first up it’s two teams with fantastic tournament pedigree who are looking to make their mark in South Africa. South American side Uruguay, winners before the outbreak of World War Two and in 1950, have equalled their 1970 finish of reaching the last four, but Oscar Tavarez’s team are not expected to get to the final battle. In their way stand Holland, who will be flush with confidence after despatching a petulant and defensively-poor Brazil in Friday’s game. Both sides are unbeaten so far in the tournament, but some may say the Uruguayans should not be involved in the action anymore. Their quarter-final encounter with Africans Ghana saw Ajax hitman Luis Suarez handle on the line in the last minute of extra-time. When Ghana’s Asymoah Gyan missed the resulting penalty, and Uruguay went on to win the game there has been an outpouring of sympathy for them. Still, Tuesday night’s game promises to be a fascinating encounter, with Uruguay the only survivors from the South America continent. They will have to do extremely well to beat Holland, and without Suarez who is suspended for the game for his misdemeanour. His strike partner Diego Forlan however is available and fit for selection. Forlan is 15/2 with Paddy Power to open the scoring in this one, and has proved a good bet throughout the World Cup so far. The game is live on ITV1 with kick-off at 7.30pm. Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change

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