World Cup 2010 Second Round: Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

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Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder scored in each half to help the Netherlands to a routine 2-1 win over Slovakia in Durban.

The Dutch broke the deadlock after 18 minutes when Robben cut in from the right-hand side to strike low past goalkeeper Ján Mucha from the edge of the area.

The result was put beyond doubt with six minutes remaining as Mucha was beaten to Mark van Bommel's free-quick by Dirk Kuyt, who calmly rolled the ball across for Sneijder to score.

But there was to be some cheer for Slovakia when Róbert Vittek pulled one back from the penalty spot with the final kick of the game.

The triumph means the Netherlands will next face Brazil in the last eight.


Netherlands: Maarten Stekelenburg; Gregory van der Wiel, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst; Nigel de Jong, Mark van Bommel; Dirk Kuyt, Wesley Sneijder (Ibrahim Afellay, 90), Arjen Robben (Eljero Elia, 71); Robin van Persie (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 80)

Slovakia: Ján Mucha; Peter Pekarík, Martin Škrtel, Ján Ďurica, Radoslav Zabavník (Martin Jakubko, 88); Vladimír Weiss, Marek Hamšík, Juraj Kucka, Miroslav Stoch; Róbert Vittek, Erik Jendrišek (Kamil Kopúnek, 71)

10Shots on target3
4Shots off target8
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
52Ball possession (%)48

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