Holland opened there 2010 World Cup account with a comfortable win over Morten Olsen’s Denmark. The men in Orange stuttered through the first half, but found rhythm in the second, as an own goal from Daniel Agger and a tap in from Dirk Kuyt sealed all three points.
The first half was a bit of a bore, as both sides struggled to find a opening. The first real opportunity fell to the hands of Dirk Kuyt but his shot was hit straight at Sorensen.
Both teams had fairly decent efforts before half-time, as Rafael Van Der Vaart and Dennis Rommedahl both came close for their respective countries.
The last piece of action in the first half was a poor shot from Robin Van Persie, the Arsenal striker skilled and turned his defender but the shot went well wide.
The game was fairly open from that point, with Holland looking slightly stronger even though there were questions raised on the Sneijder and Van Der Vaart midfield partnership.
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Both Denmark and the Netherlands had nothing to shout about in the dressings rooms at the half time whistle, however most people predicted that the Flying Dutchmen would come out on top in the second half and they did just that.
46 minutes in and Van Marwijk’s side found the breakthrough, Van Persie dinked a cross into the box and Denmark left-back Simon Poulsen sliced his header backwards, the ball took a deflection off fellow defender Daniel Agger and ended up in the back of the net.
Holland decided to make a substitution as young promising star Eljero Elia entered the fray, the young Dutch winger has been highly rated in Holland and it’s safe to say he made one hell of an impact in the game.
Elia was involved in a number of moves and skills as Holland looked to press forward for a second goal.
Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder then had a brilliant chance, as his shot deflected off the unfortunate Agger but luckily the ball bounced off the bar and behind for a corner kick.
Five minutes of normal time left and Holland made it two, winger Eljero Elia showed his quickness and determination as he slotted the ball past Sorensen only to hit the post, however Dirk Kuyt was on hand to tap home the rebound.
The game wasn’t over yet as fellow Holland substitute Ibrahim Afellay, fierce struck shot was superbly cleared off the line by Simon Poulsen.
The Netherlands secured an opening World Cup win over Denmark, the game didn’t live up to expectations but a revitalised second half performance from Van Marwijk’s side saw them cross the finishing line with ease.
After the game the Dutch coach stated “We wanted to play beautiful football but we lost the ball too often”. “But by the end you saw what we are capable of”.
Holland play Japan next as Takeshi Okada’s team also secured an opening World Cup win, that game could well mark the return of World Class superstar Arjen Robben.
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