Robben is back!
Thursday, 24 June 2010
|Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is happy about
his goal against Cameroon
The national football
team of the Netherlands can go and warm-up for an encounter
with Slovakia in the round of 16 of the 2010 World Cup
in South Africa.
By beating Cameroon
1-2 in the last group game Holland secured the first
spot in group E.
The winning goal was
scored in the 84th minute by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, after
a great run and shot - that hit the post - by Arjen
Robben. It was Huntelaar's debut at a World Cup.
Win the group, gain
confidence en don't sustain any damage - that was the
mission for Holland in the game against Cameroon. The
games against Denmark (2-0) and Japan (1-0) Holland
were certain of a spot in the round of 16. The game
against Cameroon just had to become a nice finish.
The entire mission
was accomplished. Holland didn't just win, but played
decent football in some stretches of the game. Besides
no player sustained a suspension or an injury. On top
of that the return of Arjen Robben put new faith in
the hearts of the Dutch. And that wasn't just because
his great run and fantastic shot led to the winning
goal. After a tough recovery track the Bayern Munich
player seems ready for the knockout stages of the tournament
The moment Robben
came on, 20 minutes from the end, the score was 1-1.
Robin van Persie opened the score in the 36th minute.
After a decent linkup with Rafael van der Vaart the
center forward lashed the ball through the legs of the
Cameroon keeper Hamidou Souleymanou into the back of
the net. A welcome goal for Van Persie, who hasn't been
his normal self so far in the tournament.
The Dutch lead was
justified at that moment, as the team played well. Cameroon
played much more offensively than Denmark and Japan
had done, and thus the Dutch forwards had a lot more
room to move. Sadly it was only Van Persie who benefited.
But after the opening
goal lost the dominant position. The drive seemed to
ebb away, and Cameroon - already eliminated - dropped
all shyness and started looking for a goal.
After Jean Makoun
had missed a decent chance Samuel Eto'o scored the equalizer
from the spot. The penalty kick was awarded after a
clumsy handball by Rafael van der Vaart.
With Robben on for
Van der Vaart Holland took the initiative again. Before
Van Marwijk had also brought on Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
and Eljero Elia for Van Persie and Dirk Kuyt, and with
three fresh forwards Holland went looking for the winning
goal. It was the first time this tournament that Holland
played two real wingers (Elia and Robben).
From his trusted right
side Robben proved immediately why every defensive dreads
his presence. Sent towards the Cameroon goal by a great
Sneijder pass he saw the direct path to the goal cut
off by Song Sr., then cut inside and unleashed a vicious
shot that hit the inside of the far post, and then bounced
back into the feat of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who made
no mistake from a difficult angle.
Holland thus finished
the group stages with a perfect score. In the round
of 16 Holland will face Slovakia, and they have a real
good chance of progressing.
||36' R. van Persie
|65' S. Eto'o
||83' K. Huntelaar
||17' D. Kuyt
|26' N. N Koulou
||65' R. Van der Vaart
||70' G. van Bronckhorst
|81' S. M\'bia
| S. Hamidou
|| M. Stekelenburg
| B. Assou-Ekotto
|| J. Heitinga
|| J. Mathijsen
| A. Chedjou
|| K. Boulahrouz
| G. Bong
||56' V. Aboubakar
|| G. van Bronckhorst
| J. Makoun
|| M. van Bommel
| L. N\'Guémo
|| N. de Jong
| N. N Koulou
||74' R. Song
|| R. Van der Vaart
||73' A. Robben
| S. M\'bia
|| W. Sneijder
| E. Choupo-Moting
||72' M. Idrissou
|| D. Kuyt
||67' E. Elia
| S. Eto'o
|| R. van Persie
||59' K. Huntelaar