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Monday, 28th June 2010
Holland Take It Easy

Second Round Match

Holland vs Slovakia
in Durban

Slovakia had already sent the world champions, Italy, home and were now seeking to do the same to Holland.

Slovakia started the game with confidence and fired the first warning shot across the Dutch bows in just the second minute of play, in Durban.

The first real Dutch threat came in the seventh minute, through a deflected header by Robin Van Persie.

Holland were at it again three minutes later; Van Persie unselfishly feeding Wesley Sneijder.

Arjen Robben then took Slovakia apart all alone; sprinting down the right onto a  Wesley Sneijder lob, then cutting in on his left behind Jan Durica and Miroslav Stoch, and shooting for goal past the sliding foot of the incoming Martin Skrtel.

That took the wind out of Slovakia's sails and they struggled to get back in the match; as the orange shirts could afford to position themselves deeper and block Slovakia's route to goal.

Half-time: 1:0

Slovakia might have wanted to get level early in the second-half but it was Jan Mucha who had to work twice in a minute to keep Holland out; Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie both looking to make things happen in and around the Slovakian penalty area with just five minutes of the new half played.

Maarten Stekelenburg had very little to do for Holland, then had to make two crucial saves in the space of a minute from Miroslav Stoch and Robert Vittek.

With seven minutes left to play, Slovakia lost the plot. Martin Skrtel conceded a needless free-kick and Jan Mucha came rushing off his line. Dirk Kuyt had plenty of time on the left of the area and just waited for Wesley Sneijder to come into osition in the middle; with an empty net at his mercy.

A consolation goal for Slovakia when Robert Vittek converted from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game; after Martin Jakubko invited Maarten Stekelenburg to catch his leg.

Final Score:
Holland 2 Slovakia 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1.0 Arjen Robben (18 mins)
2:0 Wesley Sneijder (84 mins)
2:1 Robert Vittek (94 mins) - penalty.

Man of The Match:
Arjen Robben - Even in second gear, Robben looks a class act.

Teams

Travel to Holland Holland:
1 Maarten Stekelenburg, 5 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, 4 Joris Mathijsen, 3 John Heitinga, 2 Gregory Van Der Wiel; 11 Arjen Robben, 8 Nigel De Jong, 6 Mark Van Bommel, 7 Dirk Kuyt; 9 Robin Van Persie, 10 Wesley Sneijder.

Travel to Slovakia Slovakia:
1 Jan Mucha; 5 Radoslav Zabavnik, 16 Jan Durica, 3 Martin Skrtel, 2 Peter Pekarik; 15 Miroslav Stoch, 17 Marek Hamsik, 19 Juraj Kucka, 7 Vladimir Weiss; 11 Robert Vittek, 18 Erik Jendrisek.

Referee:
Alberto Undiano (Spain)

Substitutions Substitutions:
71 Mins (Holland) - 17 Eljero Elia on for 11 Arjen Robben
72 Mins (Slovakia) - 20 Kamil Kopunek on for 18 Erik Jendrisek
80 Mins (Holland) - 21 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on for 9 Robin Van Persie
87 Mins (Slovakia) - 10 Marek Sapara on for 17 Marek Hamsik
87 Mins (Slovakia) - 14 Martin Jakubko on for 5 Radoslav Zabavnik

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
31 Mins - Arjen Robben (Holland)
40 Mins - Juraj Kucka (Slovakia)
72 Mins - Kamil Kopunek (Slovakia)
84 Mins - Martin Skrtel (Slovakia)
93 Mins - Maarten Stekelenburg (Holland)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
This will be the first meeting between the two teams although Holland did beat Czechoslovakia (3:0aet) in Le Havre at France 1938.

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