Friday, June 25, 2010
The Netherlands produced its first goals of flair and finesse to beat Cameroon 2-1 and set up a second-round match with Slovakia.
Robin Van Persie finished off an end-to-end move in the 36th minute, and substitute Arjen Robben sent a shot against the post in the 83rd that Klaas Jan Huntelaar only had to slide in for the winner.
In between, Samuel Eto'o scored on penalty kick for Cameroon.
The Dutch won Group E with three victories. They play Slovakia on Monday in Durban.
Cameroon lost all three of its matches.
Playing with poise and confidence, the Dutch often thrilled the crowd of 63,093 with their creative moves. Yet Eto'o and Cameroon often were able to pierce the defense and threaten goalie Maarten Stekelenburg.
In the 73rd minute, the tens of thousands of orange-clad fans in the Green Point Stadium cheered when Robben made his debut at the World Cup almost three weeks after sustaining a left hamstring injury in a warmup game. He immediately showed his value.
After tiptoeing carefully during his first moves, he was served a pass on the right wing 10 minutes after coming on. With a move so often seen during his sterling season with Bayern Munich, he cut inside, beat defenders and curled a shot past goalkeeper Hamidou Souleymanou. It crashed against the post and Huntelaar was in the right place to give the Netherlands the win.
After two victories, coach Bert van Marwijk sought to keep the momentum and played both midfielder Nigel de Jong and Van Persie, even though both would have been excluded from the Slovakia game if they drew another yellow card.
Instead, Van Persie scored a typical Dutch goal in the 36th minute, one that flowed from defense to attack with crisp, pinpoint passing and ended with a precise shot.
After Dirk Kuyt took the ball up the right side, Van Persie played a neat one-two with Rafael van der Vaart, and then shot through the legs of Souleymanou from a tight angle.
Cameroon, which put Africa on the soccer map when it reached the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup, did not give up. Van der Vaart handled a free kick by Geremi in the area. Eto'o scored on the penalty kick.
Late in the game, Cameroon defender Rigobert Song made a cameo appearance in his fourth World Cup.
Source : deccanchronicle
Cameroon: Souleymanou Hamidou, Stephane Mbia, Landry Nguemo, Nicolas Nkoulou (Rigobert Song 74'), Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Geremi, Jean Makoun, Alexandre Song , Samuel Eto'o, Eric-Moting Choupo (Mohamadou Idrissou 72'), Gaetan Bong (Vincent Aboubakar 56').
Netherlands: Maarten Stekelenburg, Khalid Boulahrouz, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dirk Kuyt (Eljero Elia 66'), Mark van Bommel, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart (Arjen Robben 73'), Robin van Persie (Klaas Jan Huntelaar 59').
Labels: World Cup 2010