Van der Vaart & Huntelaar start for Holland

17 June 2012 07:17

The Netherlands have opted to start with Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar against Portugal as they chase the two-goal win they need to reach the quarter-finals.

Van der Vaart took a starting place and the captain's armband from Mark van Bommel, who was relegated to the bench, while Huntelaar came into the side in place of winger Ibrahim Afellay.

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk made one other change to his starting line-up, with Ron Vlaar coming into the team at centre-back in place of John Heitinga.

Portugal's Paulo Bento has kept faith with the team that beat Denmark 3-2 on Wednesday, with Helder Postiga flanked by Nani and skipper Cristiano Ronaldo in the attacking trident of a 4-3-3 system.

Source: AFP

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