The 2010 World Cup semifinals begin tomorrow with Netherlands and Uruguay disputing the first finals slot. Uruguay was not expected to go this deep into the semifinals. They have proven so far that defense got them this far and so has luck.
Uruguay is facing a tough challenge with the one-game suspension of forward Luis Suarez for intentional handball during a quarterfinal match with Ghana. His violation denied Ghana of a quarterfinal win. As luck would have it, Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty kick that would have sealed their victory at 2-1. They ended up even 1-1 instead. Uruguay then claimed the semifinal spot by winning the penalty shootout, 4-2.
Should Uruguay score an upset against Netherlands, Suarez will be back in the lineup to play in the finals.
Netherlands comes in with their character and resiliency in question. However, they have proven that they have what it takes to overcome pressure and prevail by beating powerhouse Brazil 2-1. They have beaten the odds against Brazil. Now they are favored to prevail over Uruguay without Suarez who has scored three goals in the tournament.