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Monday, 14th June 2010
Double Dutch

Group E Match

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Holland vs Denmark in Jo'burg Soccer City.

Holland and Denmark meet each other for the first time in a World Cup match; with Giovanni Van Bronckhorst earning his 100th cap for the Netherlands.

Promising so much before the game, Holland took a while to warm up; either stifled by Denmark or almost snoozing to the sound of bees. The slow start seemed like a game being played in the middle of summer rather than an African winter.

Almost half an hour was played before anything resembling excitement happened; Nicklas Bendtner heading wide from Daniel Agger's cross.

Then Thomas Kahlenberg earned Denmark's first corner in the 37th minute. Neither event was enough to stop the constant vuvuzela drone.

The French referee, for his part, tried to let the game flow but just before half-time he finally showed a yellow card to Nigel De Jong; who was lucky not to have been booked earlier.

The closest Holland came to a goal was when Robin Van Persie couldn't find the space to release a shot on his left foot, so turned again and smashed the ball into a row of cameras behind the net.

Half-time: 0:0

Bizarely, Holland took the lead without really threatening the Danish defence; just after the start of the second-half.

Simon Poulsen wasn't really under any pressure when he headed into his own net - of the back of Daniel Agger - and smiled. Interestingly, Poulsen plays for AZ Alkmaar; in Holland.

Van Persie, already on a yellow card, could be a little lucky to still be on the pitch for chipping the ball into the Danish net after the whistle was sounded for offside. The Arsenal player tried to blame the noise of the vuvuzelas.

The arrival of Eljero Elia brought some width and excitement to Holland's play while the departure of Nicklas Bendtner took away some of Denmark's threat up front.

Shortly after Wesley Sneijder looped a shot onto the Danish bar, the Inter Milan midfielder sent Eljero Elia through. Thomas Sorensen pushed the initial shot onto the post but Dirk Kuyt was there to follow up for Holland.

So it's a double dutch scoreline for Holland but the Danes will feel disappointed; or at least Simon Poulsen should, for handing the game to the Dutch on a plate.

Final Score:
Holland 2 Denmark 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Simon Poulsen (own goal)
2:0 Dirk Kuyt (85 mins)

Man of The Match:
Eljero Elia - Breathed some life into the sleepy Dutch when he came on, halfway through the second-half.


Travel to Holland Holland:
1 Maarten Stekelenburg; 5 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, 4 Joris Mathijsen, 3 John Heitinga, 2 Gregory Van Der Wiel; 23 Rafael Van der Vaart, 8 Nigel De Jong, 6 Mark Van Bommel, 7 Dirk Kuyt; 9 Robin Van Persie, 10 Wesley Sneijder.

Travel to Denmark Denmark:
1 Thomas Sorensen; 15 Simon Poulsen, 4 Daniel Agger, 3 Simon Kjaer, 6 Lars Jacobsen; 20 Thomas Enevoldsen, 2 Christian Poulsen, 10 Martin Jorgensen; 11 Nicklas Bendtner, 12 Thomas Kahlenberg, 19 Dennis Rommedahl.

Stephane Lannoy (France)

Substitutions Substitutions:
56 Mins (Denmark) - 8 Jesper Gronkjaer on for 20 Thomas Enevoldsen
62 Mins (Denmark) - 17 Mikkel Beckmann on for 11 Nicklas Bendtner
67 Mins (Holland) - 17 Eljero Elia on for 23 Rafael Van der Vaart
73 Mins (Denmark) - 21 Christian Eriksen on for 12 Thomas Kahlenberg
77 Mins (Holland) - 20 Ibrahim Afellay on for 9 Robin Van Persie

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
44 Mins - Nigel De Jong (Holland)
49 Mins - Robin Van Persie (Holland)
64 Mins - Simon Kjaer (Denmark)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Even though they've played each other some 27 times since 1914, Holland and Denmark have yet to meet in a World Cup match.

In European competions the teams tend to do beter on their own turf, although the last two encounters have ended in one-one draws - Eindhoven 2008 and Copenhagen 2001.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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