NETHERLANDS 2-1 USA, Amsterdam 03/03/10
Kuyt (pen) 40, Huntelaar 73 (Netherlands), Bocanegra 89 (USA)

And the Dutch go marching on. This 2-1 victory saw the Netherlands retain their title in the first UFWC match of 2010. The Dutch led at halftime through a Dirk Kuyt penalty. Substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar added a second with just over quarter of an hour to go. Carlos Bocanegra scored a late consolation goal for the USA in the 89th minute.

The Netherlands now need just one more UFWC win to draw level with Russia in 4th place in the UFWC all-time rankings. They will have the opportunity to do that on 26 May, when they take on Mexico in Innsbruck. Like the Dutch, the Mexicans will be at the World Cup Finals in June, so whoever wins we will be one step closer to seeing the UFWC title competed for in South Africa.

About Paul Brown

Paul is a freelance journalist and author. He created the UFWC in 2003, and subsequently wrote the Unofficial Football World Champions book. He can be found on Twitter @paulbrownUK.