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Dutch victory fires fans' hopes for first World Cup title

By Diana Magnay, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Netherlands reach World Cup final with a 3-2 win over Uruguay in nail-biting semifinal
  • Dutch fans now hoping World Cup title might come their way for the first time
  • Dutch will play the winners of the semifinal between Germany and Spain

Amsterdam, Netherlands (CNN) -- In a field in the heart of Amsterdam, a sea of orange erupts into ecstasy as fans celebrate victory over Uruguay. This is what jubilation Dutch-style looks like.

Orange metallic streamers rain down on the screaming fans, a thousand orange wigs waggle as their wearers punch the air, pink flares paint the sky. Holland is through to the World Cup Final after a nail-biting 90 minutes.

Second-half goals from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben put the Dutch 3-1 up but Maxi Pereira summed up the never-say-die spirit of the Uruguayans with an injury-time strike to ensure a frantic finish.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst put the Netherlands ahead after 18 minutes with probably the goal of the tournament, a stunning 30 meter strike which whistled past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

"That goal from Bronckhorst at the start was just perfectly placed," one fan screamed. "Holland played tactically, with great team play and with feeling."

Netherlands beat Uruguay to reach World Cup final

Video: Uruguay falls to Netherlands
Video: Dutch defeat Uruguay, head to finals
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Everything here is orange: flowers, wigs, jerseys, dresses, bras and inflatable crowns.

One man in a skintight orange bodysuit without even a hole for his mouth admitted it wasn't beautiful football Holland played.

"They didn't play that well," he said, "but they always play effectively. That's why we are where we are now."

Netherlands vs Uruguay minute by minute

So now there is a flicker of hope burning in every Dutch fans' heart: Maybe the World Cup title might come their way for the first time.

"We are the orange lions! We'll be the first generation ever to win!," said a girl named Tolita. "I think we'll be playing Germany. And I hope we'll beat them."

That is what many people here think -- that Germany will beat Spain on Wednesday.

"It'll give us a chance to settle old scores if we face Germany in the finals," one man said.

But everything is still open. The outcome of Wednesday's semi-final is unclear. But what is clear is whoever does win, they will be facing a formidable orange foe when Sunday's final comes around.