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Saturday, 19th June 2010
Sneijder Strike Seals It

Group E Match

Holland vs Japan
in Durban

Both Holland and Japan went into this game on three points.

The referee, Hector Baldassi of Argentina, is the second referee to be in charge of his second game; having shown a red card in the Serbia vs Ghana match.

Perhaps Holland were feeling nervous after watching Switzerland beat Spain and Germany lose to Serbia. Or were they trying to bore Japan and drain them of their energy, by putting them to sleep.

Even the referee had no real motivation to go for his notebook; until the 36th minute, when Gregory Van Der Wiel cynically nudged Daisuke Matsui into a roll.

Half-time: 0:0

The second-half had to get better, as anything is better than nothing.

Wesley Sneijder finally relieved the boredom with a solid strike that Eiji Kawashima could only push into his own net; eight minutes after the break.

Japan had a few chances, twenty minutes from time. Inspired by that, Takeshi Okada made a double attacking substitution, six minutes later.

It was Ibrahim Afellay, for Holland, however who appeared the most promising of all the substitutions. Shinji Okazaki - another substitute - also came close to equalising for Japan in the closing minutes. Yuto Nagatomo tried to look for a penalty but Hector Baldassi wasn't deceived. Although it looked like he pointed to the spot, it was a signal for a goal-kick.

Unless Cameroon beat Denmark, Holland will be the first team to qualify for the Second Round.

Final Score:
Holland 1 Japan 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Wesley Sneijder (53 mins)

Man of The Match:
Wesley Sneijder - In an unispiring match, we'll give the award to the goalscorer, as is so often the case.

Teams

Travel to Holland Holland:
1 Maarten Stekelenburg; 5 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, 4J oris Mathijsen, 3 John Heitinga, 2 Gregory Van Der Wiel; 23 Rafael Van der Vaart, 8 Nigel De Jong, 6 Mark Van Bommel, 7 Dirk Kuyt; 9 Robin Van Persie, 10 Wesley Sneijder.

Travel to Japan Japan:
21 Eiji Kawashima; 5 Yuto Nagatomo, 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka, 22 Yuji Nakazawa, 3 Yuichi Komano; 7 Yasuhito Endo, 2 Yuki Abe, 17 Makoto Hasebe; 18 Keisuke Honda, 16 Yoshito Okubo, 8 Daisuke Matsui.

Referee:
Hector Baldassi (Argentina)

Substitutions Substitutions:
64 Mins (Japan) - 10 Shunsuke Nakamura on for 8 Daisuke Matsui
72 Mins (Holland) - 17 Eljero Elia on for 23 Rafael Van der Vaart
76 Mins (Japan) - 9 Shinji Okazaki on for 17 Makoto Hasebe
76 Mins (Japan) - 11 Keiji Tamada on for 16 Yoshito Okubo
83 Mins (Holland) - 20 Ibrahim Afellay on for 10 Wesley Sneijder
88 Mins (Holland) - 21 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on for 9 Robin Van Persie

Yellow Cards 1 Yellow Card:
36 Mins - Gregory Van Der Wiel (Holland)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Holland beat Japan (3:0) in their only previous encounter; a 2009 friendly held in Enschede, Netherlands.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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