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Dutch rejoice in a tangerine dream

The Netherlands woke up to a full-blown case of Orange fever on Wednesday morning after the national side beat Uruguay 3-2 to reach their first World Cup final in 32 years.

sports Updated: Jul 08, 2010 00:53 IST

The Netherlands woke up to a full-blown case of Orange fever on Wednesday morning after the national side beat Uruguay 3-2 to reach their first World Cup final in 32 years.

De Telegraaf, the country’s largest newspaper, led its front page with a lion screaming “FINALE!” and photos of the team’s stars, including Wesley Sneijder and Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who both scored, smiling ear to ear at Tuesday’s semifinal in Cape Town.

State TV was in a similar mood, opening with shots of screaming crowds across the country, more than a fair few of them fully covered with either orange facepaint or the national red, white and blue flag.

Reports suggested more than 80,000 people — or over 10 percent of the city’s entire population — watched the match on big screens in Amsterdam’s Museum Square, which erupted in orange fireworks and flares when the final whistle blew.

“It’s really fantastic, I’m really pleased and happy. We will win the final against Germany 3-0!” said Jelle Groenendaal, a spectator in the massive crowd, sporting a orange chicken hat.