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  • Robben (18), Sneijder (84)
  • Vittek (90 pen)
  • Date:2010-06-28
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
  • Attendance:61692
  • Referee:Undiano, A

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: HOLLAND 2-1 SLOVAKIA.

90mins

HOLLAND 2-1 SLOVAKIA, VITTEK tucks away the spot-kick for his fourth of the competition.

90mins

PENALTY to Slovakia as Stekelenburg is penalised for bringing down Jakubko.

90mins

Afellay's first touch sees him shoot narrowly wide from 25 yards out.

90mins

Sneijder comes off and Ibrahim Afellay gets a short run-out.

90mins

An offside flag stops Jakubko in his tracks.

90mins

Three minutes of added time to be played.

89mins

Kuyt makes ground down the right, but his weak cross is straight at the waiting Mucha.

88mins

Slovakia throw on Marek Sapara and Martin Jakubko for Hamsik and Zabavnik.

86mins

Slovakia have put up a good fight, but have not had the quality needed to break down the Dutch.

85mins

Martin Skrtel is booked for arguing about the initial free-kick.

84mins

HOLLAND 2-0 SLOVAKIA, that must be game over. Mucha comes and misses a long free-kick forwards, Kuyt nips in and puts the ball on a plate for SNEIJDER to sidefoot home from 12 yards out.

82mins

The game seems to be slipping away from Slovakia, as Weiss storms off his bench to give his opinion.

80mins

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar takes over from van Persie.

78mins

Vittek has another half-chance, but the ball gets stuck under his feet and he shoots wide from 15 yards with his left foot.

77mins

Time's running out for the Slovaks, they need to find a little bit of inspiration.

75mins

Elia does well to get clear down the left, but then scuffs his attempted cross and Slovakia clear once again.

74mins

The resulting corner is cleared.

73mins

Kuyt beats his man and shoots goalwards from just over 25 yards and Mucha makes another solid save.

72mins

Elia is brought down by Kopunek, who is cautioned after a matter of seconds on the pitch.

71mins

Slovakia introduce Kamil Kopunek for Jendrisek.

71mins

Robben makes way for Eljero Elia.

70mins

Kuyt heads over from Sneijder's delivery.

69mins

Van Persie wins a free-kick on the left side, the referee seems to have favoured the Dutch a little today.

68mins

Midway through the second half and maybe it's quite all over just yet.

67mins

Another good chance, Vittek beats the offside trap but blasts his shot too close to Stekelenburg from 15 yards out.

67mins

Stoch cuts in from the left and his bullet shot from just inside the area is superbly tipped over by Stekelenburg.

66mins

Sneijder takes a blow to his right ankle, but he is jogging the knock off.

65mins

Robben feeds Sneijder as the Dutch spring forward, but the Internazionale man shoots when a number of team-mates were waiting for a pass.

63mins

Kucka tries a shot from at least 45 yards and Stekelenburg almost concedes a corner as he dives to cover.

60mins

An hour gone and still Slovakia toil to try and gain a foothold in the game.

59mins

Van Persie curls a free-kick goalwards and Mucha makes a brave punch as he is fouled by Kuyt.

58mins

Robben is once again the danger, but after turning on to his right foot he puts a weak cross into the area and it is cleared.

56mins

The stretcher is coming on while the magic sponge is applied.

55mins

Zabavnik is down in his own area after a challenge by van Persie and he looks to be in trouble.

53mins

Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss senior is out braking instructions to his players.

51mins

Mucha saves his side again as Robben turns provider, with his ball from the left seemingly putting it on a plate for Joris Mathijsen, only for the keeper to block with his face.

50mins

Robben almost makes it 2-0, again he cuts in from the right and shoots left-footed, with Mucha making an excellent finger-tip save.

49mins

Weiss tries to play in the arriving Hamsik as Slovakia start with a bit of intent.

47mins

Vittek busily makes his way past a defender before totally mis-hitting a shot which dribbles through to Stekelenburg.

46mins

The second half gets started with no changes by either side.

45mins

Half-Time: HOLLAND 1-0 SLOVAKIA.

44mins

A precise attack down the right sees Robben play in Mark van Bommel, but van Persie is unable to turn his cross on target and Slovakia have a goal-kick.

42mins

Half-time is not far away and Dutch keeper Stekelenburg has been a virtual spectator.

40mins

Van Persie beats one defender, but then scuffs a right-foot shot from 30 yards and Mucha gathers.

40mins

Kucka is a tad late on de Jong and gets a yellow card for his troubles.

37mins

The game has become a little slow and plodding.

35mins

One of the referee's assistants needs a new flag, so play is held up for a minute.

34mins

Robben goes over theatrically as he is challenged by Radoslav Zabavnik.

32mins

Stoch has another free-kick hacked clear from the Dutch area.

31mins

Robben is booked for deliberate handball, that seemed a little harsh.

30mins

Stoch's free-kick into the Dutch area is flicked away by Nigel de Jong.

29mins

Kucka brings down Sneijder in midfield, but escapes a booking.

26mins

Mucha punches a Sneijder corner away from danger.

25mins

The game has dropped in pace a little, with the Dutch content to keep hold of the ball.

22mins

Weiss' ball in from the left is just too strong for Vittek, who has already scored three goals in the competition.

21mins

Slovakia need to keep their cool now and not go chasing the game, the Dutch love a counter-attack.

19mins

A superb goal from Robben, that's the added quality he can bring to a game.

18mins

HOLLAND 1-0 SLOVAKIA, ROBBEN makes the breakthrough as he gains possession on the right, cuts inside and drifts past a couple of defenders, before beating Mucha with a low drive from 20 yards.

17mins

It's all a bit nervy at the moment, we need a goal.

14mins

Juraj Kucka does well down the right, but his mishit shot goes well wide of the far post.

13mins

Just under 15 minutes played and the Dutch are slightly on top.

11mins

Sneijder finds space on the left side of the area, but his weak shot is straight at keeper Jan Mucha.

10mins

The Dutch are dominating possession, probing and looking for an opening.

9mins

Miroslav Stoch gets in a cross from the right and Stekelenburg collects at his near post.

8mins

The set-piece is cleared by Slovakia.

7mins

Dirk Kuyt lifts in a cross from the left and Robin van Persie wins a corner with a poor header which takes a deflection.

6mins

A lively enough opening without either side testing the other goalkeeper.

5mins

Marek Hamsik gets a shot in from 25 yards, but it's a couple of yards wide of Maarten Stekelenburg's goal.

4mins

The Dutch knock the ball around and Robben finds space and passes to Wesley Sneijder, who shoots far too high from 25 yards out.

3mins

Play is now deep in the Slovakia half and a long throw almost finds Robben at the far post.

3mins

An early warning for the Dutch.

2mins

Slovakia spring forward as Vladimir Weiss does well down the left and feeds Jendrisek, who shoots over the top from 20 yards out.

1mins

Spanish referee Alberto Undiano gets the game underway.

0mins

Slovakia head coach Vladimir Weiss opted to pair Robert Vittek with Erik Jendrisek in attack, but Zdeno Strba misses out due to suspension.

0mins

The Dutch are boosted by the return from injury of star winger Arjen Robben, who starts his first game of the tournament.

0mins

Holland and Slovakia meet in Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium with a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup up for grabs.


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Match Report

The Netherlands eased into the quarter-finals of the World Cup as goals from Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder secured a 2-1 victory over Slovakia in Durban.

The Dutch were boosted by the return from injury of star winger Robben, who started his first game of the tournament.

Slovakia head coach Vladimir Weiss opted to pair Robert Vittek with Erik Jendrisek in attack, but Zdeno Strba missed out due to suspension.

After a couple of long-range efforts, the Dutch forged the first opening when Dirk Kuyt lifted in a cross from the left and Robin van Persie's poor header took a deflection and went out for a corner.

Eighteen minutes in came the breakthrough when Robben gained possession on the right, cut inside and drifted past a couple of defenders, before beating Jan Mucha with a low 20-yard left-footed drive.

Slovakia had struggled to make any sort of opening before Robben struck and they continued to do so for the remainder of the half.

The Netherlands' only other half-chance came five minutes before the interval when van Persie beat one defender, but then scuffed a 30-yard right-foot shot straight at Mucha.

Early in the second half the Dutch were twice denied by Mucha, who first superbly tipped away another Robben effort brought about by a dart in from the right, before the keeper blocked a Joris Mathijsen effort with his face from point-blank range.

Just past the hour mark Sneijder tried to shoot with several team-mates powering forward on the break and that almost proved to be very costly.

Midway through the half Miroslav Stoch cut in from the left and his bullet shot from just inside the area was superbly tipped over by Maarten Stekelenburg.

Soon after Vittek beat the offside trap, but shot straight at Stekelenburg from 15 yards as another opportunity went begging.

The Dutch finally eased their nerves with six minutes to play when Mucha missed a long free-kick over the top and Kuyt nipped in and put the ball on a plate for Sneijder to sidefoot home from 12 yards out.

The final move of the game saw Slovakia gain reward for their efforts, as Stekelenburg was penalised for bringing down sub Martin Jakubko and Vittek converted from the spot for his fourth goal of the finals.

Netherlands

Slovakia

Corners

52

Fouls

1719

Goal attempts

1510

Shots off target

67

Offsides

22

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