1st Half Analysis
Ball possession % means nothing anymore. In case you are interested, possession % is 69% to the Netherlands and 31% to Japan. Not many chances have been created on either side and so far both teams are playing remarkably well and neither seems to be cracking under pressure. Score line is 0-0.
2nd Half Analysis
The Flying Dutchmen must be given credit for keeping their cool inspite of strong opposition from the Japanese. They were patient, took their time, scored that goal and then never went on to make stupid defensive mistakes. Japan still stand a chance to make it to the next stage when they play Denmark in the final group round.
GOL!!!!!!!! 53′ Sneijder (NED)
36′ Van Der Wiel (NED)
64′ Nakamura (in) Matsui (out) [JPN]
72′ Elia (in) Van Der Vaart (out) [NED]
77′ Okazaki(in) Hasebe (out) [JPN]
77′ Tamada (in) Okubu (out) [JPN]
83′ Afellay (in) Sneijder (out) [NED]
88′ Huntelaar (in) V.Persie (out) [NED]
Netherlands: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, V.Bronchkhorst (C), V.Bommel, Kuyt, De Jong, V.Persie, Sneijder, Van Der Vaart.
Subs: Robben, Boulahrouz, Ooijer, De Zeeuw, Braafheid, Vorm, Elia, Schaars, Babel, Afellay, Huntelaar, Boschker.
Japan: Kawashima, Abe, Komano, Tulio, Nagatomo, Endo, Matsui, Okubo, Hasebe (C), Honda, Nakazawa.
Subs: Narazaki, Uchida, Nakamura, Tamada, Yano, Iwamasa, K.Nakamura, Konno, Morimoto, Inamoto, Kawaguchi.
Ref: Hector Baldassi (ARG)
Stadium: Durban Stadium, Durban