FULL-TIME Netherlands 1-0 Japan
The Netherlands have not exactly got going at this World Cup yet but they won’t be complaining – they still have two wins out of two games.
Netherlands v Japan 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.
Japan: 21-Eiji Kawashima; 2-Yuki Abe, 22-Yuji Nakazawa, 4-Tulio, 3-Yuichi Komano; 5-Yuto Nagatomo, 16-Yoshito Okubo, 7-Yasuhito Endo, 17-Makoto Hasebe, 8-Daisuke Matsui; 18-Keisuke Honda.
Referee: Hector Baldassi (Argentina)
53′ [1 : 0] Wesley Sneijder
36′ Gregory van der Wiel
53 mins GOAL Netherlands 1-0 Japan
The Dutch make the breakthrough they’ve been waiting for. A cross from the left isn’t cleared and Robin van Persie is able to tee up Wesley Sneijder on the edge of the box. He gets plenty of power behind his rasping shot but Japan keeper Eiji Kawashima should still do better – he was deceived by the flight of the ball and was almost diving out of the way.