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Tuesday 5 May 2015

Holland put Denmark to the sword

Netherlands 2 Denmark 0

Eljero Elia of the Netherlands  celebrates with team mates after his shot hit the post and Dirk Kuyt scores from the rebound during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Group E match between Netherlands and Denmark
Eljero Elia of the Netherlands celebrates with team mates after his shot hit the post and Dirk Kuyt scores from the rebound during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Group E match between Netherlands and Denmark
Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal during the match between Netherlands and Denmark
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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14: Dutch fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Group E match between Netherlands and Denmark at Soccer City Stadium on June 14, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
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Australia fans show their support prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.
Australia fans show their support prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.
Germany fans show their support prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa
Germany fans show their support prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.
Germany fans show their support prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.
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Argentina fans support their team ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Ghanaian fans show their support, in the stands prior to kick off during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Group D match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa.
Ghanaian fans show their support in the stands prior to kick off during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Group D match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa.
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BERLIN - JUNE 13: Fans celebrate a German goal while watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at a live public viewing on a large screen monitor outside the Olympiastadion on June 13, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Germany won the match, 4-0. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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An own goal by Daniel Agger and a late Dirk Kuyt effort helped Holland begin their World Cup campaign with a comfortable victory over Denmark at Soccer City.



Both goals came in the second half after an assured first period of defending by the Scandinavians, who constantly thwarted a Dutch attack which appeared short of ideas without the injured Arjen Robben.

But the resistance was broken less than a 60 seconds into the second half, when Robin van Persie's cross from the left was headed on by Simon Poulsen - seemingly for a corner - but struck the back of Agger and went in.

Kuyt doubled Holland's advantage five minutes from the end to ensure the highly-fancied Oranje a positive start in Group E.

Denmark coach Morten Olsen sprung a major surprise by naming Nicklas Bendtner in his starting line-up despite saying yesterday that the Arsenal striker, who has been nursing a groin problem, "cannot play".

But his side, like Holland, struggled to find any early rhythm with Wesley Sneijder and Thomas Enevoldsen wastefully firing free-kicks from good positions into the crowd.

It took 10 minutes for the first shot on target - Kuyt sending a tame effort straight into the arms of Thomas Sorensen from just outside the box.

The noise level of the vuvuzelas was suddenly raised after 16 minutes when the lively Liverpool forward's cross was cleared away for a corner, but that came to nothing - much to the disappointment of the Soccer City crowd.

Van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart then played a neat one-two, but the latter saw his shot deflected wide by Agger.

The Danes had their best opening of the half just after the midway point when Bendtner found himself in space inside the six-yard box, but he could only head Dennis Rommedahl's cross from wide on the right.

After another dangerous ball from Kuyt was deflected wide, Rommedahl carved out another good chance when he cut in from the right, only to shoot straight at Maarten Stekelenburg.

The Ajax goalkeeper was drawn into his first testing save after 36 minutes when Bendtner released Thomas Kahlenberg, whose shot was acrobatically palmed away.

Just before the break, Van Persie seemed unsure which foot to use after making room on the right, before poking his effort wide.

The Danes may have been solid at the back for the first 45 minutes, but they slipped up straight after the restart to gift their opponents the lead.

The advantage could have been doubled after another mistake - this time from Simon Kjaer - saw Van Persie played in, but indecisiveness from the striker allowed Sorensen to swoop.

Coach Olsen then made his first change by introducing Jesper Gronkjaer, but it was the Oranje that continued to look dangerous.

Van der Vaart showed good skill in trying to cutely volley Van Persie's pass in, but Sorensen again intercepted.

Mikkel Beckmann and Christian Eriksen were also thrown on for Denmark, the former for Bendtner, but they still struggled to carve out any real openings although Agger struck a low shot into the gloves of Stekelenburg.

And Bert van Marwijk's team were always a threat going forward, with substitute Eljero Elia causing plenty of problems down the left.

Sneijder almost made it 2-0 eight minutes from time, but saw his 25-yard effort deflected onto the crossbar by Agger with Sorensen beaten.

However, five minutes from time Kuyt sealed the points. Elia's shot from the left was diverted onto the right-hand post by Stoke goalkeeper Sorensen and the Liverpool forward easily finished.

It could have been worse for Denmark, but Daniel Poulsen cleared Ibrahim Afellay's shot off the line late on.

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