Netherlands v Slovakia, 28 June 2010

Score2-1 to Netherlands
RefereeAlberto Undiano Mallenco
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
VenueMoses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Attendance61,962
Kick-Off: 16:00 Local (15:00 BST) Man of the Match: Arjen Robben (Netherlands) Assistant referees: Fermín Martínez Ibáñez (Spain) Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain) Fourth official: Stéphane Lannoy (France) Fifth official: Laurent Ugo (France) The Netherlands' first goal was an excellent individual effort from Arjen Robben in the 18th minute, taking on the Slovakian defence with the ball before scoring from 25 yards. The Dutch had chances to extend their lead in the second half; Arjen Robben cut inside on his left foot just like he did when he scored the first goal, but this time the Slovak goalkeeper Ján Mucha saved the shot going to his far post. The Slovaks also had 2 big opportunities to equalize but forced 2 great saves from Maarten Stekelenburg. The Dutch however in the 84th minute sealed their win, with Wesley Sneijder scoring off an assist from Dirk Kuyt into an unguarded net after Kuyt got the ball past the Slovak keeper. Róbert Vittek slotted a penalty kick late in stoppage time, but it was no more than a consolation goal for Slovakia. The penalty had been awarded for a trip on Vittek by the Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The Netherlands' win threatened to be overshadowed by Robin van Persie responding angrily to being substituted by coach Bert van Marwijk. Van Marwijk called a team meeting over the incident, and insisted later that there was no residual unrest in the squad.

2  Netherlands

Manager: Bert Van Marwijk

1  Slovakia

Manager: Vladimir Weiss

Goals:

Arjen Robben 18 G
Wesley Sneijder 84 G

Goals:

Robert Vittek penalty 90 P

Starting lineup:

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

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jan Mucha
Defender Ján Ďurica
Defender Peter Pekarík
Defender/Centre back Martin Škrtel
Midfielder Marek Hamšík (captain)
Midfielder Juraj Kucka
Midfielder Vladimir Weiss
Forward Erik Jendrisek
Forward Miroslav Stoch
Forward Robert Vittek

Substitutions:

Eljero Elia for Arjen Robben 71
Klaas Jan Huntelaar for Robin van Persie 80
Ibrahim Afellay for Wesley Sneijder 90

Substitutions:

Kamil Kopunek for Erik Jendrisek 71
Marek Sapara for Marek Hamšík 87
Martin Jakubko for Radoslav Zabavnik 88

Cards:

Arjen Robben 31 Y
Maarten Stekelenburg 90 Y

Cards:

Juraj Kucka 40 Y
Kamil Kopunek 72 Y
Martin Škrtel 84 Y

On the bench:

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

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Dušan Kuciak
Goalkeeper Dusan Pernis
Defender Marek Cech
Defender Kamil Kopunek
Defender Martin Petras
Defender Kornel Salata
Midfielder Jan Kozak
Midfielder Marek Sapara
Midfielder Zdeno Strba
Forward Filip Holosko
Forward Martin Jakubko