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Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands

Sore jaw puts De Zeeuw in final doubt

July 7, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Netherlands midfielder Demy De Zeeuw is in doubt for the World Cup final after being sent for scans on a suspected broken jaw suffered in the 3-2 semi-final win over Uruguay.

Demy De Zeeuw, Martin Caceres, World Cup
GettyImagesDemy De Zeeuw cops a stray boot from Martin Caceres

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De Zeeuw was booted in the face by Uruguay's Martin Caceres, whose attempted bicycle kick was beaten to the ball by the Dutchman's brave clearing header, late in the first half.

The incident sparked a scuffle between the two teams which saw Caceres and Netherlands goal-scorer Wesley Sneijder booked, and De Zeeuw was replaced at half time by Rafael van der Vaart. De Zeeuw himself was only in the team as a fill in for Nigel de Jong, who was suspended for the match and likely to return for the final in any case.

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk confirmed after the match that De Zeeuw had been sent for X-rays, with his potential for inclusion in Sunday's World Cup final likely to be known on Wednesday.