Battle for semi-final berth: Samba boys Vs Holland

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Port Elizabeth: Tonight's match in Port Elizabeth will be a clash between two favorite teams to lift the World Cup 2010 as five-time champions Brazil take on Netherlands for the semi-final berth. Both teams have exhibited fast counter-attack football so far, topping their respective groups and coming through the round of 16 to reach this stage.

Brazil eased to a 3-0 win over Chile in their first knock-out tie while the Dutch were made to sweat in ousting Slovakia 2-1.

Traditionally both the teams known for their attacking football and have just met three times in this biggest stage of world football, and on all three occasions the games have been hard fought. At the 1974 finals a 2-0 victory for Johan Cruyff and Co sent reigning champions Brazil heading for the exit. While the Brazilians have had a upper-hand recently knocking the Dutch team out with victories in the quarter-finals and semifinals in the 1994, 1998 editions respectively.

Dunga and his boys will be hoping to soak up Dutch attack and play quick counter-attack football, with his gifted talents in the forward-line namely Kaka, Fabiano, Robhino, the talent is immense and never ending really for the Brazilians.

The Dutch side have talented players in their locker as well, especially Arjen Robben who made a return in playing XI in the last game and scored an emphatic goal to help his side win the match. He will surely test Lucio, Maicon and their defensive line with his breathtaking movements, especially in the wing. Robin van Persie and Sneijder has come along well for the team, with the duo combining some good short passes and creating those spaces to trouble the opponent defense.

So far in this tournament, Brazil have scored eight goals to Netherlands' seven, with both having conceded just twice.

Players to watch out for:

Netherlands: Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie

Brazil: Kaka, Robhino, Luis Fabiano

Match starts: 19:30 IST

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