Dirk Kuyt is crossing his fingers it will be third time lucky for the Netherlands in Sunday's 2010 FIFA World Cup™ final. Twice before the Dutch have reached the final stage but in both 1974 and 1978 they finished devastated and beaten.
Now, after their 3-2 victory semi-final over Uruguay in Cape Town, the Liverpool forward is determined this time will be different. "We are so close to writing history," said Kuyt. "This is the third time we have reached the final. Now we have to win it. What has happened is unbelievable. It is a bit unreal. We felt before the tournament we had the quality in the team to win it and after a long journey we are in the final. It is an incredible feeling."
What has happened is unbelievable. It is a bit unreal.
Kuyt provided the cross for Arjen Robben's crucial third goal for the Dutch. Captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst had put his side in front midway through the first half, only for Diego Forlan to bring Uruguay level before the break.
For a long time in the second half it appeared Uruguay may spring a surprise. However, two goals in three minutes dashed those hopes, Robben's header following Wesley Sneijder's fifth goal of the tournament, a strike which draws the midfielder level with David Villa at the top of the scoring charts.
"This is unforgettable," said Sneijder, who has already completed the Serie A, Italian cup and Champions League treble in an incredible season with Inter Milan. "It was a tough fight and toward the end we complicated matters. But on Sunday we play in the World Cup final. I have to get used to that. We are so close. There is nothing bigger than the World Cup."