FIFA WORLD CUP

Durban Stadium, Durban, South Africa

Referee: H├ęctor Baldassi | Attendance: 62010

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Netherlands

  • Wesley Sneijder 53'

1 - 0

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  • 90'

    Make sure you head over and read our match report for all the gory details of the game.

  • 90'

    It means Netherlands will be through as long as Cameroon do not win tonight.

  • 90'

    It wasn't great by Netherlands, but they definitely deserved the win.

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    FULL TIME

  • 90'

    It was De Jong who bundled into Nagatomo. It looked a penalty at first but the replays show the ref was correct.

  • 90'

    Penalty! No, no. That looked like a penalty to Japan, the ref pointed forwards but it was for a goal-kick and not a spot-kick.

  • 90'

    We;ve played one of three added minutes.

  • 90'

    Oooooooh! The ball is headed on into the area, Okazaki is in the clear and he should have levelled but he blazed it over.

  • 89'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Netherlands have only won a World Cup match 1-0 once before, against Serbia & Montenegro in 2006.

  • 89'

    Afellay should have two now, but I don't think it is going to cost Holland.

  • 88'

    Huntelaar takes possession, Afellay takes it off his toes and breaks into the box, this time his shot gets past the keeper but Tulio (eventually) clears.

  • 87'

    SUB: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is on for Robin Van Persie.

  • 86'

    Time is ticking away for Japan.

  • 85'

    Afellay gets free down the line and breaks into the box, his touch is too heavy which allows Kawashima to come out and smother. That should have been two.

  • 85'

    De Jong trips Abe.

  • 84'

    Van Persie tries a but of trickery down the line but is marshalled by four defenders, and they eventually steal the ball back.

  • 83'

    SUB: Wesley Sneijder is off, on comes Ibrahim Afellay.

  • 83'

    Honda crosses from the right, it's just beyond Tulio.

  • 82'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Netherlands have won all eight of their competitive games in which Sneijder has scored.

  • 81'


    Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder (10) celebartes with team-mates.

  • 80'

    Nakamura cust inside and tries to find Nagatomo down the line, but Nagatomo's control is poor and it's a goal-kick.

  • 79'

    Van Der Wiel crosses from the right, only hits Tulio.

  • 78'


    Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder celebartes.

  • 77'

    Elia almost gets Van Persie through on goal, Kawashima reads it and comes out to collect.

  • 76'

    SUB: Double change for Japan: Yoshito Okubo and Makoto Hasebe are replaced by Shinji Okazaki and Keiji Tamada

  • 75'

    Netherlands seem to be back in control now.

  • 74'

    Van der Vaart has an ice pack on his knee. We may see more of Elia against Cameroon.

  • 73'

    Elia played really well against Denmark. Hopefully he can produce some more trickery.

  • 72'

    SUB: Rafael Van der Vaart is replaced by Eljero Elia.

  • 71'

    Komano gets into a good crossing position and puts it straight out. What a waste.

  • 70'

    Endo crosses from the left, Van Persie tries to clear and slices it over his own crossbar. That could easily have gone in the back of his own net.

  • 69'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Sneijder has two goals in his two games against Japan and three in his last four games overall.

  • 68'

    Sneijder crosses from the left, there's too much on it and it goes over Van Persie's head.

  • 67'

    The free-kick was give, though. Van der Vaart's delivery was terrible and the ball doesn't make it to the box before being cleared.

  • 66'

    Van Persie goes down holding his foot after a tangle with Okubo. He'll be fine.

  • 65'

    Another effort from Okubo, this time his low, curling shot goes wide of the keeper's left post.

  • 64'

    SUB: Shunsuke Nakamura for Daisuke Matsui

  • 63'

    Japan are a different side now, unrecognisable from the one before the goal.

  • 63'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Japan have never won a World Cup match when letting in the first goal.

  • 62'

    Endo takes, it's flicked on by Abe but straight to Stekelenburg.

  • 61'

    Van der Vaart fells Nakazawa. Free-kick and a chance to put it into the mixer.

  • 60'

    Japan have three corners in total but create nothing.

  • 59'

    It's taken short to Matsui and it results in another corner.

  • 59'

    Corner to Japan, Endo goes over to the left to take.

  • 58'

    Japan have stepped up their game, they clearly came to Durban for a point.

  • 57'

    Another shot from Okubo, this time it goes over.

  • 56'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That's the seventh goal from outside the box at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

  • 55'

    So, we have a game at long last and the Dutch deserved it from the way they came out after the break.

  • 54'

    Okubo shoots from 23 yards out, it's weak and easy for Stekelenburg.

  • 53'

    GOAL! Van Persie lays a pass back to Sneijder who belts it home from 20 yards. It was a howler by Kawashima, who got a hand to it but it was a weak effort at keeping the shot out.

  • 53'

    Sneijder takes, and it's Tulio who heads away again.

  • 52'

    Another corner to Netherlands. They are starting to get control of the game now.

  • 52'

    The corner comes in and Tulio is there once more to head out of the box this time.

  • 52'

    Sneijder purposefully stands five yards offside, trying to cause carnage. Great cross from Van der Vaart and Tulio has to flick it behind.

  • 51'

    Tulio is penalised for blocking Van Persie. Seemed a bit harsh. Free-kick on the right and a chance to put it into the box.

  • 50'

    Great ball over the top from Van Bommel, Van Persie has got in advance of Nakazawa but his first-time shot is weak and wide.

  • 49'

    The ball is worked wide the Van Brockhorst, who plants a cross onto the head of Van Persie but there's not power in the effort and Kawashima collects.

  • 48'

    Sneijder's shot is well blocked by Endo

  • 47'

    Mathijsen guards the ball out for a goal-kick under pressure from Matsui.

  • 46'

    And the second half is underway.

  • 45'

    Endo is giving a quick peptalk to the Japan players - who also get in a huddle.

  • 45'

    It seems we have no changes to either side.

  • 45'

    The players are about to come back out. An exciting 45 minutes is ahead of us.

  • 45'

    If anyone is doing the Panini sticker album, I just need 52, 108 and 364.

  • 45'

    If you want to relive Friday's nightmare, then Richard Jolly finds few positives from a shockingly bad England performance against Algeria.

  • 45'

    Comment from Tom Adams: Netherlands have enjoyed plenty of possession but have no cutting edge. Surely Van Marwijk needs to summon Robben or Elia from the bench.

  • 45'

    I'd like to say this game must get better, but I'm not sure it will. Maybe Robben and Elia could transform it.

  • 45'

    And there it is, the half-time whistle and thank the Lord for that.

  • 45'

    One minute to be added on.

  • 44'

    I'm hoping half-time will bring about a change of tactics. It's probably going to bring nothing more than a cup of tea and a chocolate bourbon.

  • 43'

    Honda has Van Bronckhorst backtracking, he tries to feed in Okubo in the area but plays the pass behind him.

  • 42'

    It's 40 yards out. Honda shoots ... a waste of everyone's time.

  • 41'

    De Jong trips Okubo, free-kick midway inside the Dutch half

  • 40'

    We're being treated to several fascinating slow-mo replays. There's nothing else to show.

  • 39'

    Finally some good play by Japan, they never really seem confident in the move but Matsui gets a shot in after some poor control. It's on target! The first of the day! But very easy for the keeper.

  • 38'

    Endo takes the free-kick deep into the area, Tulio rises highest but heads wide.

  • 37'

    Gregory Van Der Wiel - he blocked off Matsui.

  • 37'

    It's Sneijder who chips it in, nowhere near an orange shirt.

  • 37'

    Now a free-kick to Netherlands. Way out, almost 40 yards.

  • 36'


    Gregory Van Der Wiel of Netherlands evades the tackle by Yasuhito Endo.

  • 35'

    Endo swings it into the box, he finds the unmarked Honda but he can only manage to head way over the bar. Four shots.

  • 34'

    Free-kick to Japan. It's 35 yards from goal. Oooooh!

  • 33'

    Van Brockhorst gets a knee in the chest from Komano, he's winded slightly.

  • 32'

    Last night was a late one watching the dreadful England performance. A game like this was not what I needed.

  • 31'

    Van der Vaart just escapes his man over on the left, but his cross hits Nakazawa in the face.

  • 30'

    Nakazawa is caught late by Van der Vaart, free-kick.

  • 29'

    Three shots in almost half an hour, all off target.

  • 28'

    It truly is a stinker, it must get better.

  • 27'

    ESPN Stats & Info: In their first match Japan attempted the fewest shots (three) of any team since Saudi Arabia v Germany in 2002.

  • 26'

    Van Persie tried to fend off Nakazawa with his hand, and Nakazawa goes down clutching his face. Nowhere near his face, and the ref isn't fooled.

  • 25'


    Netherlands striker Dirk Kuyt vies with Japan's midfielder Yuki Abe.

  • 24'

    Stekelenburg and Van Der Wiel have just spent 30 seconds deciding whether or not to take the goal-kick long. It's fascinating stuff.

  • 23'

    Japan are happy to let Netherlands have possession. And Netherlands don't seem too bothered about moving it upfield.

  • 22'

    You will be able to get the thoughts of our man in Holland, Ernst Bouwes, later today. We're not sure what he'll be writing about. There's nothing here.

  • 21'

    You may detect from the lack of updates that nothing is happening. Whatsoever.

  • 20'

    Foul by Van Persie on Tulio.

  • 19'

    Neither keeper has had anything to do yet. It's going to be another one of those games I fear.

  • 18'

    It's gone a little scrappy. Hoepfully not for long.

  • 17'


    Keisuke Honda vies with Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong.

  • 16'

    We have our first Mexican Wave...

  • 15'

    Nagatomo trips Van Persie, free-kick on the right flank and another chance to deliver. Tulio heads it away but the ref spotted a foul anyway.

  • 14'

    ESPN Stats & Info: In the first eight minutes of the match, Netherlands attempted 77 passes compared to just 13 by Japan.

  • 13'

    Nagatomo gets forward, and fires wide from the edge of the box. Not the worst effort we'll see today.

  • 12'

    Komano is patched up and back on.

  • 11'

    It comes back in, Kuyt goes for the overhead kick but he fails to make a proper connection.

  • 11'

    Nice play from Holland, but Kuyt overhits his cross.

  • 10'

    Sneijder stands over it, considering his options. He goes for the shot but it's always rising over.

  • 9'

    Komano got a boot in the face when Van Persie went down. He's off on a stretcher. Will he be back?

  • 9'

    Van Persie is caught by Matsui. Holland try to take the free-kick quickly but the ref wasn't ready. Dangerous, 25 yards from goal.

  • 8'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Holland have won their three World Cup games against Asian sides, scoring 10 goals in the process.

  • 7'

    Netherlands have already completed as many passes as England seemed to do last night.

  • 6'

    Van der Vaart plays in the corner from the right, and Tulio is there to head to safety.

  • 5'

    Van Persie plays in a deep cross from the left and Nagatomo is forced to head behind

  • 4'

    Netherlands enjoying a lot of early possession.

  • 3'

    Now Honda is felled, by Van Bommel. And the ref just has a few words with De Jong and Hasebe, telling the players to calm down.

  • 2'

    Van der Vaart is fouled by Honda, free-kick in their own half.

  • 1'

    It's Netherlands to kick-off.

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    Japan are unchanged, too, a sign of confidence after that opening win.

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    The national anthems have been played out, so now on to the match.

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    Japan also won their opening group game, against Cameroon, so a win for either side would put them in the box seat for a place in the second round.

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    Arjen Robben remains on the bench as the Dutch are unchanged after their win over Denmark.

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    Welcome to the live commentary for the game between Netherlands and Japan.

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    Join us at 1130 GMT to see if Netherlands and Japan can continue their good starts in the competition.

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Netherlands

  • 9(5)

  • 21

  • 18

  • 61%

    39%

  • Japan

  • 10(3)

  • 14

  • 11

Match Stats

  • Netherlands
  • Japan
9(5) Shots (on goal) 10(3)
18 Fouls 11
4 Corner kicks 5
2 Offsides 1
61% Time of Possession 39%
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4
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