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First `away` World Cup win for Europe guaranteed

Cape Town: Netherlands` 3-2 victory over Uruguay on Tuesday ensured that a European team will lift the World Cup on a foreign continent for the first time.

Germany or Spain, who play the second semi-final in Durban on Wednesday, will meet Netherlands in the second successive all-European final after Italy beat France on penalties four years ago in Germany.

Brazil and Argentina are the only teams to have won the trophy on a foreign continent with Brazil successful in Sweden in 1958, Mexico 1970, the United States in 1994 and Japan in 2002, while Argentina won in Mexico in 1986.

European victory in Sunday`s final at Soccer City, Johannesburg, means they will have 10 World Cup successes, one more than South America.

The tournament was first contested in 1930.

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