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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Netherlands 1-0 Japan


The 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.


Netherlands start this match on top of the group leveled with the same points as Japan result of both wins in the first day from this Group C.

Adding pressure on Japan is the fact that Orange are in a recent run of outstanding results. They have not lost in the last twenty matches in all competitions that currently is an all-time record.

Japan last win against a European side was a couple of years ago when they defeated defense minded Switzerland in a 4-3 match. And you could see how though are the Swiss in this World Cup defeating the major favorite of this competition, Spain.

52 minutes and after a boring first half, Sneijder dumps a thunderous shot on the edge of the box that saw Kawashima unable to save it perfectly and as result of that Netherlands are ahead in the match 1-0.

Heading in to the 64th minute and we see Japan trying to bounce back from the goal conceded and are pressuring big time Netherlands in their own half. Okubo is very committed to change the outcome of the match and tries effortlessly to help teammates to focus on attack and on the goal of the Oranje.

Netherlands head to the third day of the Group E undefeated and with no goals conceded. After Enyeama it is now time for Sneijder to claim twice MOM and surely fit into the best XXIII by the end of the tournament.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Sneijder



Netherlands 1-0 Japan

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