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But that’s the last kick of the game as Holland go through to the quarter-finals with a workmanlike performance. Shearer reckons they can’t win the World Cup but you never know. Thanks for all your e-mails today and tune in later for Brazil’s clash with Chile.
90 + 4 Vittek sends the keeper the wrong way to score his fourth goal of the tournament.
90 + 4 Stekelenburg is booked and prepares to face the spot-kick.
90 + 3 Jakubko is brought down by Stekelenburg and a penalty is awarded.
90 + 2 Sneijder has made his last contribution as he makes away for Ibrahim Afellay, whose first touch is to drill the ball low from 25 yards just past the post.
90 + 1 Three minutes stoppage time to be played. Jakubko thinks he’s through but he is flagged offside.
90 Elia thinks about getting forward but plays it back to Van Bronckhorst, who underhits a back pass, but it’s a throw to Holland.
89 Kuyt heads the ball goalwards and gets into the box. His low cross tries to far Elia at the far post but Mucha just cuts it out.
88 A deep cross from Kuyt sails over the bar.
87 Double change for Slovakia as Marek Sapara and Martin Jakubko come on for Zabavnik and Hamsik, who has been poor.
86 A cross from the by-line falls to Elia at the back post. He tries to get past Pekarik before shooting low sraight at Mucha.
85 Skrtel is booked for protesting about something.
84 GOAL SNEIJDER! Van Bronckhorst sends a free-kick down the left channel for Kuyt, who heads the ball past Mucha. He controls the ball and pulls it back for Sneijder, who side-foots the ball home from 15 yards.
82 Elia concedes a free-kick down Slovakia’s right. De Jong fouls Hamsik moments later. Hamsik delivers a cross which is headed out by Mathijsen.
81 Holland try to take a quick free-kick but the ref isn’t happy with that and he brings the play back.
80 RVP isn’t happy with the decision and he has a word with coach Bert van Marwijk.
79 Another change for Holland as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar replaces Van Persie.
78 Slovakia break down the left. Kucka gets in a shot on the edge of the area which is blocked but the ball falls to Vittek, whose snap-shot clears the bar. Holland appeal for offside but he was definitely on.
78 Terrible touch from Van Bronckhorst gives Slovakia a throw.
77 Kuyt makes a block and then skips past Zabavnik, but Weiss gets back and he makes a tackle. Throw to Holland.
76 Kuyt sprays the ball out to the left for Elia, but his cross is poor again and Weiss has time to bring the ball out.
75 Neat run from Elia is not matched by his cross which goes straight to Durica, who brings the ball clear.
74 The corner comes to nothing and Slovakia clear only for the men in orange to come forward again.
73 RVP plays the ball out to Kuyt on the left. The Liverpool man moves infield and sends in a fierce shot which is beaten away for a corner by Mucha.
72 First touch for Kopunek is to be shown a yellow card for going through the back of fellow sub Elia.
71 Slovakia also make a change as Kamil Kopunek comes on for Jendrisek.
71 Eljero Elia comes on for Robben, who is being saved for the next round by the looks of things.
70 Sneijder curls in the free-kick which is headed over by Kuyt.
69 Skrtel fouls Van Persie in a dangerous position on Holland’s left. Ideal for Sneijder.
68 Van Bommel loses possession but then races back and is fouled by Kucka.
67 An even better chance for Slovakia as Vittek receives the ball on the edge of the area, after De Jong has a rush of blood to the head. Vittek turns and shoots, but Stekelenburg pulls off a brilliant save.
66 Good move from the Slovaks as Stoch gets into the box but comes out again before his piledriver is tipped over by Stekelenburg.
65 Sneijder goes over the ankle of Kucka but no foul awarded.
64 Another quick counter attack from the Dutch as Robben plays the ball across to Sneijder. He cuts on to his right foot but his shot is blocked by a defender.
63 Slovakia need to up the tempo now, they’re long-range shots just aren’t cutting the mustard.
62 Kucka shoots from just outside the centre circle! His shot is going wide but Stekelenburg is scrambling and nearly decides to palm it out for a corner.
61 Van Bommel slips past Kucka but Slovakia are soon back on the ball.
60 Sneijder penalised for a foul inside Slovakia’s half which is taken long by Skrtel for Vittek. Stoch goes down in the box under pressure from Van Bommel but no penalty awarded.
59 Free-kick to Holland to the right of the Slovak area. RVP sends in a fierce shot which is punched out by Mucha, who clatters into Kuyt at the same time – or possibly the other way round. Brave keeping.
58 Zabavnik is back on the pitch. Sneiijder plays the ball out to Robben, who ghosts past Zabavnik and tries to cut the ball back for Sneijder but the danger is cleared.
57 He’s receiving treatment on the touchlines but play continues without him. Slovakia momentarily down to 10 men.
56 It looks a nasty challenge and the stretcher is on.
55 Zabavnik in pain as RVP runs into him stretching for the ball inside Slovakia’s area. The Slovaks kick the ball out.
54 Zabavnik penalised for handball as Robben tries to take the ball past him.
53 Van Bommel catches Kucka and Slovakia have a free-kick which is taken short.
52 Free-kick on the left is floated to the back post by Sneijder for Kuyt but Kucha takes a good catch.
50 Another great chance for Holland. This time Robben turns up on the left and sends in a low cross for Van Bommel, whose close-range shot strikes the face of Mucha. Lucky escape for the men in white, should be 2-0.
49 Weiss loses possession and the Dutch break down the left. Great tunr by RVP but Durica clears to Robben. The winger jinks his way to the edge of the area and forces a superb one-handed save from Mucha. Corner.
48 Slovakia enjoy a spell of possession as they seek an opening. Weiss tries to slip through to Hamsik but Heitinga inteercepts.
47 No changes at the break by the way.
46 Holland get the second half under way.
Liam Ferguson writes in: “I think the score justifies the level of play during the match, but I am really happy that Holland are winning because I have backed them since the start of the tournament and I have money on them, so hopefully Holland can defend and create more chances during the second half. I can see Sneijder and Van Persie getting on the score sheet as well as Vittek, I would be telling the Slovakian team to defend better, create chances and try to stop Robben and Kuyt from running up and down the wings. Final Result – Holland 3 Slovakia 1.” Cheers Liam
Update from Sky Bet. “Qualification into the quarters looks a formality now for Holland at 1/66, with Slovakia 12/1. Robben is 6/1 to follow up his strike with the next goal, while Sneijder can be backed at 7/1. The game could open up as Slovakia push for an equaliser and over 2.5 goals can be backed at 5/4.”
Nick Jones mailed during the game to say that “Holland were his pre-tournament prediction. He wants to know how they’re getting on and says they haven’t played a good team yet but as England, France and Italy have shown, you can only beat what’s in front of you. Also, as an Evertonian, he wants to know how Mucha is looking? I saw the one game and I thought he looked very solid.” Well, Nick they’re looking solid but are sitting on their lead against a side that could do something in the second half. Slovakia’s midfield looks quite tasty at times. Mucha was beaten at his near post but it was a great strike from Robben.
Before the game kicked off Nadz, from Mauritius, mailed to say Holland would win 2-0, with RVP scoring both goals. One part down there Nadz.
A few of you have had a bet on this game so let’s start with those. Stevewent for Van Persie to convert Robben’s cross to be first goalscorer. Unlucky Steve. Dave Gamston’s bet is still on. He has the Dutch to win 2-1 at 14/1.
The half-time whistle goes. Holland are slowing the game down now that they’re ahead which doesn’t make for a great spectacle but they’re just doing enough to get through.
45 Kucka takes the ball off the toes of Sneijder and his shot takes a deflection but the whistle blows for a foot-up, much to the midfielder’s disgust.
44 Slovakia are really struggling to get into this game.
43 Good move from the Dutch involving Van Persie, Sneijder, Robben and Van Bommel, whose cross to the near post finds RVP but he just misses the target.
42 Another long ball from the visionary Sneeijder is just too far for RVP.
41 Slovakia launch a counter attack and Weiss tries his luck from distance but his shot takes a deflection off Heitinga for Slovakia’s first corner which is taken short but comes to nothing.
40 RVP bursts forward but shoots with his right foot and it’s an easy save for Mucha.
39 Kucka brings the ball forward but pushes it too far and fouls De Jong which earns the Slovak midfielder a yellow card.
38 Weiss thinks he’s earned a corner off Mathijsen near the by-line but it’s a goal-kick to the Dutch.
37 Holland just playing the ball coolly around at the back as they have done for most of this tournament. They and Argentina are the only big teams not to have been troubled so far.
36 Weiss is harried off the ball by Van der Wiel near Hollaand’s corner flag. He thinks he should have had a free-kick but it’s a throw to the Dutch.
35 Change of flag for one of the linesman!
34 Van Brronckhorst commits a foul and the free-kick is taken short as Hamsik bursts forward. He plays the ball out to the right for Pekarik but his cross is headed out by Heitinga.
33 Zabavnik makes a crucial interception to prevent Robben from going clear down the right.
32 Jendrisek is off target with a shot from distance.
31 First booking of the game goes to Robben for handball but the Bayern Munich winger isn’t happy about it.
31 Stoch’s free-kick is swung in and back-heeled away from inside the six area by Nigel de Jong.
30 Free-kick 45 yards out to Slovakia as Vittek is fouled by Joris Mathijsen.
29 Poor ball by Vittek for Jendrisek as the ball goes out for a Dutch throw.
28 Sneijder brought down by Kucka inside Slovakia’s half.
27 Van Bommel earns another corner off Zabavnik which is swubg in by RVP. Kuyt heads the ball across the face of goal but Jendrisek is there first before Sneijder commits a foul inside the box.
26 Sneijder’s inswinging corner is punched away double-fisted by Mucha.
25 Holland in total control now as they move the ball around. Kuyt slips the ball to RVP, whose cross deflects off Peter Pekarik for a corner.
24 An aimless ball from the back goes straight through to Stekelenburg.
23 Robben moves infield and thinks Van der Wiel is there on the overlap as he backheels the ball to the rigth wing. He isn’t and the ball goes straight out for a throw.
22 Weiss loses possession as he tries to slip the ball past Van der Wiel but the Slovaks are soon back in control.
21 Robben is given a lot to do by RVP as the Arsenal’s pass goes out of play for a throw.
20 The Slovaks build slowly from the back as they look to recover from that setback.
19 Slovakia can count themselves unlucky to be a goal down but when you’re up against players like Robben and Sneijder you’re always going to risk conceding a goal.
18 GOAL ROBBEN! Sensational long ball from Sneijder for Robben, who cuts inside Jan Durica and Zabavnik and shoots low inside the near post with his left foot and beats the outstretched arm of Mucha. Brilliant.
17 Holland earn a free-kick but Mark Van Bommel’s delivery inside his own half is atrocious.
16 Goal-kick to the Slovaks which is flicked on but Heitinga passes the ball back to Stekelenburg.
15 Jendrisek dispossesses Van der Wiel but his pass infield to Robert Vittek is cut out by Johnny Heitinga.
14 Juraj Kucka takes a set forward and drills the ball across the face of goal from about 25 yards. Not too far away but neither keeper has made a save yet.
13 Van Bronckhorst penalised for backing into Weiss inside Slovakia’s half.
12 Van Bronckhorst clears with a volley as Hamsik tries to pick out Jendrisek.
11 Kuyt flagged offside charging down the left flank.
10 Lively start to the game – and fairly equal on the balance of play. But Holland are back on the attack as RVP plays in Sneijder, who shoots straight at Jan Mucha.
9 Weiss has made a lively start and he sends in a low cross for Jendrisek, but Stekelenburg gets down low to gather.
8 The corner is cleared by Slovakia but Holland are back on the ball and Van Bronckhorst tries to find Van Persie but overhits his pass.
7 Great chance for Holland as Kuyt delivers a great cross to Robin Van Persie, whose header deflects off Radoslav Zabavnik for a corner. Poor attempt by the Arsenal striker.
6 Lots of long-range shots flying in as Kuyt tries his luck from distance to no effect.
5 Good flowing move from the Slovaks as Marek Hamsik has Maarten Stekelenburg scrambling at his near post.
4 Robben plays a short pass to Wes Sneijder, who curls the ball over from 25 yards. Better option was Kuyt on the wing.
3 Dirk Kuyt on the left today, with Robben on the right. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst earns a throw near the corner flag but Slovakia clear their lines.
2 Great start for Slovakia as Weiss breaks forward, taking advantage of Gregory Van der Wiel being out of position. He lays the ball off to Erik Jendrisek, who drives the ball just over the bar.
1 Slovakia get the game under way and we start with an e-mail from Greg, who writes: “Got £20 on Holland to win the world cup this time around! Hopefully they won’t need to use Robben until the next game, which I’m hoping will be Chile! Come on Holland!!!”
Arjen Robben and Gregory Van Der Wiel return for Holland, with Khalid Boulahrouz and Rafael Van der Vaart the men to make way. Vladimir Weiss comes in for Slovakia.
Here are today’s teams:
Holland: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst, Kuyt, Van Bommel, De Jong, Robben, Sneijder, van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Boulahrouz, Ooijer, De Zeeuw, Braafheid, Elia, Schaars, Babel, Afellay, Huntelaar, Van der Vaart, Boschker.
Slovakia: Mucha, Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Zabavnik, Weiss, Kucka, Stoch, Hamsik, Jendrisek, Vittek. Subs: Pernis, Cech, Kozak, Sestak, Sapara, Holosko, Jakubko, Kopunek, Salata, Petras, Kuciak.
Our referee today is Alberto Undiano Mallenco from Spain.
Good afternoon and welcome to the first of today’s World Cup last-16 clockwatches. We’ve got Holland taking on surprise package Slovakia in Durban. The Dutch qualified from their group with a 100% record and Slovakia shocked Italy to qualify for the knockout phase. The teams will follow shortly but if you’ve got any thoughts about the game e-mail them to joel.
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