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Posted by WorldCupBlog on 07/05/2010

After his goal-line handball against Ghana, the goal that for better or worse, saved our World Cup, Luis Suarez has been threatened with all sorts of punishments and called all sorts of names. But the final judgement is in from FIFA, and he'll miss only one match, so whether it's the Final or the third-place game, he will play again at this World Cup.

After his goal-line handball against Ghana, the goal that for better or worse, saved our World Cup, Luis Suarez has been threatened with all sorts of punishments and called all sorts of names. But the final judgement is in from FIFA, and he'll miss only one match, so whether it's the Final or the third-place game, he will play again at this World Cup.

The debate continues about whether his handball was cheating or just good strategy, but what matters is that we'll be without him for the semifinal against Netherlands, so even more pressure will be piled on to the shoulders of Diego Forlan. Without Suarez, he's all we really have going forward.

It was a disastrous quarterfinal round for our South American brethren. Of four South American sides, we are the only ones through - Paraguay out, Argentina out, even Brazil out. The pundits that predicted a Latin American World Cup have shifted their viewpoint too far in the opposite direction, and now they're all calling for another (boring) all-European final, with the Dutch taking on either zee Germans, or mighty Spain.

But this Dutch side is anything but invincible. They've been winning, but hardly winning pretty, and winning ugly only lasts so long. Our strong defense can hold them, especially if we can control Wesley Sneijder (and his rolling diving friend, Mr. Robben). And as I've said, Diego can hurt them and send us to Soccer City.

So close to the end, to the glory. As the Dutch say, Hup Uruguay Hup.

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