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Saturday, July 3, 2010
FIFA grants Friday goal to Sneijder

Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- Wesley Sneijder has been credited with the Netherlands' first goal in the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Brazil and shares the lead atop the World Cup scoring chart.

Sneijder's cross in the 53rd minute glanced off Felipe Melo's head into an unguarded goal in Friday's match and was announced as an own goal by the Brazil midfielder.

FIFA says the cross was goal bound and should be credited to Sneijder, whose 68th-minute header then sealed the victory for the Dutch.

Sneijder has four goals in five matches.

A FIFA panel of experts analyzes matches and adjudicates on disputed goals.