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  • Date:19 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Attendance:62,010
Goal!

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92mins

Dirk Kuyt is ruled offside. Yuichi Komano takes the direct free kick.

91mins

Shot from inside the area by Shinji Okazaki clears the bar.

89mins

Inswinging corner taken by Ibrahim Afellay from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Marcus Tanaka.

88mins

Ibrahim Afellay takes a shot. Save by Eiji Kawashima.

87mins

The offside flag is raised against Eljero Elia. Robin van Persie goes off and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar comes on. Free kick taken by Eiji Kawashima.

86mins

Unfair challenge on Shunsuke Nakamura by Joris Mathijsen results in a free kick. Yasuhito Endo takes the free kick.

85mins

Ibrahim Afellay takes a shot. Save by Eiji Kawashima.

85mins

Nigel De Jong challenges Yuki Abe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yuki Abe takes the free kick.

84mins

Eljero Elia challenges Yuto Nagatomo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yuto Nagatomo.

84mins

Keisuke Honda challenges Mark Van Bommel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Van Bommel takes the free kick.

82mins

Ibrahim Afellay is brought on as a substitute for Wesley Sneijder.

82mins

The ball is swung over by Keisuke Honda.

80mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Keisuke Honda. Keisuke Honda takes the direct free kick.

77mins

Shinji Okazaki replaces Makoto Hasebe. Keiji Tamada on for Yoshito Okubo.

75mins

The ball is swung over by Wesley Sneijder, Marcus Tanaka manages to make a clearance.

74mins

The referee blows for offside against Robin van Persie. Eiji Kawashima restarts play with the free kick.

72mins

Eljero Elia comes on in place of Rafael Van der Vaart.

72mins

Yuichi Komano produces a cross.

70mins

The ball is crossed by Yasuhito Endo, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Shunsuke Nakamura.

69mins

The ball is swung over by Yuichi Komano, Gregory Van Der Wiel makes a clearance. Dirk Kuyt decides to take the corner short.

68mins

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst crosses the ball.

67mins

A cross is delivered by Wesley Sneijder.

67mins

Foul by Yoshito Okubo on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from right wing.

65mins

Shot from just outside the box by Yoshito Okubo misses to the right of the goal.

64mins

Shunsuke Nakamura joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daisuke Matsui.

61mins

The ball is swung over by Keisuke Honda, clearance made by Gregory Van Der Wiel.

60mins

Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yuji Nakazawa. Free kick crossed by Yasuhito Endo, save by Maarten Stekelenburg.

58mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Keisuke Honda. Free kick taken by Yasuhito Endo. Yasuhito Endo takes a short corner, A cross is delivered by Daisuke Matsui, Joris Mathijsen manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Yasuhito Endo from the left by-line, clearance made by Dirk Kuyt. Yasuhito Endo takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Mark Van Bommel makes a clearance.

57mins

Yoshito Okubo takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

56mins

Yoshito Okubo takes a shot. Save by Maarten Stekelenburg.

53mins

Wesley Sneijder fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Holland 1-0 Japan.Assist on the goal came from Robin van Persie.

52mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Wesley Sneijder, Marcus Tanaka manages to make a clearance. The ball is crossed by Mark Van Bommel, blocked by Yasuhito Endo.

50mins

Marcus Tanaka concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from right wing, Marcus Tanaka makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wesley Sneijder played to the near post, Marcus Tanaka makes a clearance.

48mins

The ball is delivered by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Eiji Kawashima.

47mins

Rafael Van der Vaart produces a cross, clearance by Yuji Nakazawa.

46mins

Shot from 25 yards by Rafael Van der Vaart. Save by Eiji Kawashima.

44mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Van Der Wiel by Yoshito Okubo. Gregory Van Der Wiel takes the free kick.

44mins

Keisuke Honda is caught offside. Joris Mathijsen restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Johnny Heitinga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yoshito Okubo. Strike comes in from Keisuke Honda from the free kick.

37mins

Daisuke Matsui produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Maarten Stekelenburg.

36mins

Gregory Van Der Wiel challenges Daisuke Matsui unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gregory Van Der Wiel is booked. The ball is crossed by Yasuhito Endo, Close range headed effort by Marcus Tanaka goes wide of the left-hand post.

35mins

Mark Van Bommel fouled by Keisuke Honda, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wesley Sneijder.

32mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joris Mathijsen on Keisuke Honda. A cross is delivered by Yasuhito Endo, Header from deep inside the area by Keisuke Honda goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

31mins

Foul by Yuichi Komano on Rafael Van der Vaart, free kick awarded. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst takes the direct free kick.

30mins

The ball is crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Yuji Nakazawa.

29mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yuji Nakazawa by Rafael Van der Vaart. Direct free kick taken by Yuji Nakazawa.

25mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yuji Nakazawa by Robin van Persie. Marcus Tanaka takes the free kick.

24mins

The offside flag is raised against Yoshito Okubo. Free kick taken by Maarten Stekelenburg.

23mins

Wesley Sneijder concedes a free kick for a foul on Yuji Nakazawa. Yuji Nakazawa takes the direct free kick.

20mins

Robin van Persie challenges Marcus Tanaka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Eiji Kawashima.

19mins

Gregory Van Der Wiel produces a cross, Yuto Nagatomo gets a block in.

18mins

The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, Yuichi Komano manages to make a clearance.

18mins

The ball is swung over by Gregory Van Der Wiel.

14mins

Foul by Wesley Sneijder on Marcus Tanaka, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Eiji Kawashima.

13mins

Yuto Nagatomo concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Van Bommel. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Marcus Tanaka.

12mins

Yuto Nagatomo has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

10mins

A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt.

7mins

Foul by Daisuke Matsui on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Wesley Sneijder from the free kick.

6mins

Keisuke Honda challenges Mark Van Bommel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Van Bommel.

4mins

The ball is delivered by Robin van Persie, Yuto Nagatomo makes a clearance. Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Marcus Tanaka.

2mins

Foul by Mark Van Bommel on Keisuke Honda, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Yuji Nakazawa.

1mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keisuke Honda on Rafael Van der Vaart. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yuki Abe by Rafael Van der Vaart. Yuto Nagatomo restarts play with the free kick.

The game kicks-off.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The match restarts for the second half.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Van Marwijk expects "aggressive" Japan Holland coach Bert van Marwijk expects a more aggressive Japan than the last time the sides met in a friendly last year. The Dutch face Japan on Saturday in Durban on the back of a 2-0 win against Denmark in their opening World Cup Group E match. The Dutch were frustrated by Japan for over an hour before beating them 3-0 back in September. "This is going to be a tougher fight," said Van Marwijk. "Both teams want to win and both sides won their first match. "We cannot compare that game to this one. "I expect a very aggressive Japan and we are prepared for everything and anything." Van Marwijk believes Japan have improved since then and that was evident in their 1-0 triumph over Cameroon in their World Cup opener. "They have progressed a lot," he said. "They have been together for a long time and have played lots of matches. "They have been looking for some time to find a style of play which they didn't have in qualifying. "But they appear to have found that style. "I have a lot of respect for the Japan coach and his team and we will not be underestimating them." Van Marwijk believes the Oranje must focus on themselves and not on their rivals. "People who know me know that I concentrate on my team and I don't make adjustments based on our rivals," he said. "We have to play the way we know how and make the most of our chances." The Oranje will have plenty of support in Durban with thousands of fans having travelled to South Africa while there is plenty of optimism back home regarding the team's chances to go far in the tournament. "We hear a lot about the atmosphere back in Holland and this is great," said Van Marwijk. "We also have lots of fans here and it's wonderful that they have travelled such a long way to support us." Japan coach Takeshi Okada insists he has no feud with his Holland counterpart. Holland coach Van Marwijk admitted he did not recognise Okada the last time they met at the FIFA draw and mistook him for a federation executive. "I am not close to Van Marwijk," Okada said. "I don't know him well. We have not been rivals in the past and this is not a personal match. "I cannot pronounce properly the Dutch coach's surname but by that I don't mean any disrespect. Okada showered Holland with praise but believes they can be beaten. "We will be playing against a wonderful team, which is one of the favourites for the title," he said. "We are very happy to play this game. "We realise this is a sophisticated team but we believe we have a chance to win. "We shouldn't feel small even though Holland have great name players in the team. "We want to address this challenge with the overall power of this team." Okada has reason to be upbeat as his side go into the game with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon in their World Cup opener. "That win has given us a big boost in confidence," he said. "The players are focusing on playing with the same determination." Okada has not ruled out making tactical changes to the side that beat Cameroon. "Our style of play will depend on how our rivals play against us," he said. "What matters is the result, how we play is secondary. "However, aggressive, hard work on attack and defence will be constant, we will never modify that strategy." Japan know what to expect having met Holland in a friendly last September where the Dutch were frustrated for more than an hour before eventually winning 3-0. "Last September, we had an opportunity to play against the Dutch and that was a big turning point for us," Okada added. "We hardly had opportunities before to play against world-class teams. "That match led us to understand what the positives and negatives were on our team. "We have been observing Holland since then and they have gained further maturity and improved as a team. "We now have a Japanese style of playing although it doesn't mean that in terms of technique or skills, there has been an improvement." end

Formation:4411Manager: Bert Van Marwijk

Holland

Formation: 451Manager: Takeshi Okada

Japan

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
  • Gregory Van Der Wiel
  • Johnny Heitinga
  • Joris Mathijsen
  • Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Mark Van Bommel
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • Wesley Sneijder
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Michel Vorm
  • Arjen Robben
  • Khalid Boulahrouz
  • Andre Ooijer
  • Demy De Zeeuw
  • Edson Braafheid
  • Eljero Elia
  • Stijn Schaars
  • Ryan Babel
  • Ibrahim Afellay
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
  • Sander Boschker

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Match Report

Sneijder sinks Japan Wesley Sneijder's second-half goal handed Holland a narrow 1-0 win over Japan in their second Group E match and put the Oranje within reach of the last 16 of the World Cup. After a frustrating opening half for the Dutch side, they finally broke through in the 52nd minute with Sneijder's stinging drive deflected by Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima into his own net. Japan had the best chance to level the score one minute from time but an unmarked substitute Shinji Okazaki fired over the bar from just 10 yards as Holland held on for victory. The result handed the Oranje maximum points from their opening two fixtures in Group E. The Oranje, who had a sea of supporters at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium, dominated possession but had just one shot on goal in the opening half. Rafael van der Vaart's 25-yard shot towards the near post proved an easy save for Kawashima. Holland coach Bert van Marwijk fielded the same line-up that beat Denmark 2-0 in their group opener, with Van der Vaart, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt playing in support of forward Robin Van Persie. Holland dominated the early exchanges and created the first chance after four minutes when Van Persie's teasing cross from the left flashed across the goal and just eluded Liverpool striker Kuyt. Shortly after, Sneijder's curled free-kick went over the bar. At the other end, Yuto Nagatomo's right-footed strike from the edge of the area went wide. On the half-hour mark, Yuji Nakazawa did well to clear Giovanni van Bronckhorst's cross from the right with Van Persie waiting inside the area. Soon after, Keisuke Honda nodded high from Daisuke Matsui's free-kick. Tulio Nataka then latched onto Yasushito Endo's free-kick and his header went wide as Japan got closer. Japan first tested Maarten Stekelenburg in the 37th minute, with Matsui's volley forcing a save from the Holland goalkeeper. Five minutes before the break, Honda wasted a good chance when he fired a 40-yard strike way over the bar. Holland pressed forward more aggressively after the break and Van Persie twice had the chance to break the deadlock. His weak header from Van Bronckhorst's cross proved an easy save for Kawashima and seconds later, the Arsenal striker fired wide from 15 yards. Holland took the lead soon after. A poor headed clearance from Japan's defence fell to Van Persie who spotted Sneijder and the Inter Milan winger's powerful strike came off Kawashima and into the back of the net. Japan reacted and Yoshito Okubo forced a good save from Stekelenburg with a stinging drive from 25 yards. Shortly after, Okubo fired over the bar as the Blue Samurai surged for the equaliser. With 15 minutes remaining, the ever-present Okubo shot wide of the far post as another opportunity went by for Japan. Substitute Ibrahim Afellay twice had the chance to put the game beyond Japan's reach in the latter stages of the match but his close-range efforts were denied by Kawashima. With seconds left to play, Okazaki struck wide from close-range, much to the relief of the Dutch fans.

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