Deserved three points for Netherlands, but let’s hope that is just a starter for them and not the best they can offer this World Cup because they didn’t have to be very good to beat a disappointing Denmark team today.
Netherlands vs Denmark line-ups
Netherlands: 1 Maarten Stekelenburg; 2 Gregory van der Wiel,
3 John Heitinga, 4 Joris Mathijsen, 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst,
7 Dirk Kuyt, 6 Mark van Bommel, 10 Wesley Sneijder, 8 Nigel de
Jong, 23 Rafael van der Vaart, 9 Robin van Persie.
Denmark: 1 Thomas Sorensen; 4 Daniel Agger, 3 Simon Kjaer,
6 Lars Jacobsen, 15 Simon Poulsen, 10 Martin Jorgensen,
2 Christian Poulsen, 20 Thomas Enevoldsen, 12 Thomas Kahlenberg,
19 Dennis Rommedahl, 11 Nicklas Bendtner.
Referee: Stephane Lannoy (France)
46′ [1 : 0] Simon Poulsen (og)
85′ [2 : 0] Dirk Kuyt
44′ Nigel de Jong
59′ Robin van Persie
64′ Simon Kjaer
The game is being played exactly how Denmark want it to be played so far, the Dutch want to pass the ball forward as quickly as they can but Denmark are stopping them doing that and are defending well.
GOAL Netherlands 1-0 Denmark (own goal)
Seconds into the second half a long ball to the left is picked up by Robin van Persie whose deep cross is headed away by Simon Poulson but the ball deflects off the Daniel Agger’s back and beyond Thomas Sorensen for an own goal.
84 mins GOAL Netherlands 2-0 Denmark
Thomas Sorenson makes a brilliant save to deny the onrushing Eljero Elia but Dirk Kuyt follows up to tuck away the rebound.