Netherlands v Japan, 19 June 2010

Score1-0 to Netherlands
RefereeHector Baldassi
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group E
VenueMoses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Attendance62,010
Kick-Off: 13:30 Local (12:30 BST) Man of the Match: Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) Assistant referees: Ricardo Casas (Argentina) Hernan Maidana (Argentina) Fourth official: Martin Hansson (Sweden) Fifth official: Henrik Andrén (Sweden) The first clear chance of the game came from midfielder Wesley Sneijder when he shot over the bar from a long-range free-kick. When Japan broke up the Netherlands' passing, midfielder Daisuke Matsui was positive, helping a move that set Yuto Nagatomo up for a shot that he hit wide. The Netherlands became frustrated, as they struggled to incorporate forward Robin van Persie. Towards the end of the first half, Japan had two chances: defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka heading wide and Matsui with a powerful shot at the goalkeeper. Throughout the second half, Van Persie managed to break free twice. In the 52 minute, as the ball came into the penalty area, the Dutch number 9 moved the ball towards Sneijder, who shot the ball powerfully towards the goal, scoring via a deflection from the goalkeeper, Eiji Kawashima. Substitute Shunsuke Nakamura later managed to make a cross into the six-yard box, which was cleared by Van Persie. Dutch substitute Eljero Elia, managed to set up Ibrahim Afellay with a one-on-one with goalkeeper Kawashima, but Kawashima prevented him from scoring a goal. One minute before the end of the game, Shinji Okazaki missed a shot from 10 yards; shooting over the bar. Soon after this, Yuto Nagatomo went down in the penalty area claiming a penalty, from a challenge by Dutch Nigel de Jong, but the referee turned down his appeals.

1  Netherlands

Manager: Bert Van Marwijk

0  Japan

Manager: Takeshi Okada

Goals:

Wesley Sneijder 53 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Defender Johnny Heitinga
Defender Joris Mathijsen
Midfielder Nigel de Jong
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder
Midfielder Mark van Bommel
Midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst (captain)
Midfielder/Forward Dirk Kuyt

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima
Defender Yuichi Komano
Defender Yuto Nagatomo
Defender Yuji Nakazawa
Midfielder Yuki Abe
Midfielder Yasuhito Endo
Midfielder Makoto Hasebe (captain)
Midfielder Keisuke Honda
Midfielder Daisuke Matsui
Forward Yoshito Okubo

Substitutions:

Eljero Elia for Rafael van der Vaart 72
Ibrahim Afellay for Wesley Sneijder 83
Klaas Jan Huntelaar for Robin van Persie 88

Substitutions:

Shunsuke Nakamura for Daisuke Matsui 64
Shinji Okazaki for Makoto Hasebe 77
Keiji Tamada for Yoshito Okubo 77

Cards:

Gregory van der Wiel 36 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Sander Boschker
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm
Defender Edson Braafheid
Defender Andre Ooijer
Midfielder Ibrahim Afellay
Midfielder Demy de Zeeuw
Midfielder Arjen Robben
Midfielder Stijn Schaars
Midfielder/Forward Eljero Elia
Forward Ryan Babel

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki
Defender Daiki Iwamasa
Defender Atsuto Uchida
Midfielder Junichi Inamoto
Midfielder Yasuyuki Konno
Midfielder Kengo Nakamura
Midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura
Forward Shinji Okazaki
Forward Keiji Tamada
Forward Kisho Yano