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World Cup 2010: Holland 2-0 Denmark – LIVE!

June 14, 2010

Denmark's Chanée & N'evergreen finished a creditable fourth at Eurovision 2010...


.... while Sienke of the Netherlands didn't even make the final. Hang your head in shame Sienke!

So, there we have it. Not the festival of flowing Dutch football we were expecting but an interesting insight into what they might bring to the tournament. Thanks to everyone who sent in messages. Enjoy Cameroon v Japan and Italy v Paraguay in the rest of the day’s action. See you next time.

93 mins
PEEP PEEP PEEP! It’s all over. Holland deserved the win but they didn’t really play well for any sustained periods of the game. There were flashes of good stuff from Elia, Sneijder and Van Persie. They’ll just be happy with three points on the board and an injury-free start I would think. Denmark looked quite dangerous with Bendtner on the pitch, toothless without. He must get back to top form if they are to make any kind of mark.

92 mins
Rommedhal has a chance to get a consolation but he shanks his shot. The TV cameras just panned to a bloke dressed like an orange M Bison from Street Fighter II complete with replica World Cup. Outstanding. Is it just me or have the vuvuzela’s got quieter? Could the novelty be wearing off?

89 mins
Conclusions from this game? Holland have started slowly but in Elia they look to have a very dangerous winger. Denmark must be more adventurous if they are to get anywhere in this tournament. Amazing clearance from Poulsen! Affelay knocks a cross goalwards and Poulsen somehow hooks it away from a yard out. Great stuff.

86 mins – Holland 2-0 Denmark
Time is running out for the Danes and they look knackered. Afellay has a punt from range but gets it all wrong. AND A GOAL! Kuyt taps in after Elia’s shot comes back off the post. Game over. Much better from Holland who fashioned that chance superbly. Sorensen unlucky – he got a hand to the first shot.

83 mins
“Afellay one to watch” says Stewart. I will. I’m going to go for Japan 1-2 Cameroon and Italy 4-0 Paraguay. I think Italy, like Germany, have been grossly underestimated in the build-up and Cameroon will be too powerful for Japan. Sniejder finally does something! He tries to curl a shot which gets deflected and loops onto the top of the crossbar via Sorensen’s fingertips.

80 mins
Stat fenzy! Ben says “Actually Zoran Tosic might be there as well” while Mike is back with “1-1 Ben, remember Heinze for Argentina.” So that’s Old United 1-1 New United and United 1-0 City? Someone has asked me for my predictions for today’s other two matches. Seeing as nothing much is happening again I will oblige. After something reporting that something else happened! A driven cross from the left just evades Kuyt. Van Persie is coming off for Afellay.

76 mins
Blue Boz – resident statto Ben has come right back at ya with this: “With Ferdinand and Nani injured, it leaves Park, Rooney, Vidic, Carrick, Evra and Hernandez involved by my reckoning. I was having a discussion about who will score more – current United or former United players? I settled for 5-4 in favour of current United, assuming Rooney bags a few. Tevez and Ronaldo might see ex-United to victory though. Currently 1-0 with Park’s goal on Saturday.” Does that make it 1-0 to United over City as well?

74 mins
Mike Hill is up in arms: “Van Persie a millions miles away from being one of the tournament’s top strikers,” he says. “Had a great chance one-on-one and his touch was so heavy Emile Heskey would have been proud of it.” Eriksen is on for Kahlenberg. Elia gets away from his man again, then Sorensen beats away his cross. Van Bommel goes on a rampage and blasts a shot which Sorensen does well with again. This is almost exciting now!

70 mins
Sorry, Adam – something’s happened! Lovely turn from substitute Elia sets him off down the left. His low cross is cleared well, though.

68 mins
Van der Vaart is being replaced by flying winger Elia. Boz the Blue says: “Whilst wondering if Edwin Van der Sar has retired from international football I stumbled across the realisation that there are surprisingly few Man United players on show at this World Cup, whilst Man City have 10 stars lighting up the big stage. Is this interesting?” I dare say that is interesting, Boz. Anyone know how many United players are in SA?

65 mins
Kjaer is booked for a clean tackle on the hitherto ineffective Sneijder. Curious decision there by the ref. Adam, “hard at work and not in his rightful place on the sofa” says “can you keep it nice and dull sir?” Luckily for you Adam, yes I can. It’s back to pedestrian stuff right now, you’ll be glad to know.

63 mins
Van Persie has the ball in the back of the net but he was in an offside position when Van Bommel passed the ball his way. Bendtner is off and Beckmann. The Arsenal man must not be 100% – he has been Denmark’s best player. He’s getting some strapping applied to his thigh now.

60 mins
Van Persie is all over the place – a good defensive header prevents a Danish chance emerging from a free-kick. Holland are looking much more confident now and stroking the ball about a bit. A tame Van der Vaart volley is easily caught by Sorensen.

57 mins
It’s like a Premiership reunion here. Jesper Gronkjaer, once of Chelsea, is on for Enevoldsen. The Danes trying to mix it up a bit. Do they have the weaponry to successfully chase the game?

53 mins
Should be 2-0 Holland. Van Persie is all alone in the box but a shoddy first touch allows Sorensen to nick the ball away from him. The game has come to life, though, which is a big relief.

52 mins
Van Persie gets a booking for a late challenge on Kjaer. Naughty, naughty. Mike Hill appears to be threatening me. He says: “Guy Kilty you will be woken by the sound of a vuvuzela at 6 tomorrow morning, see who is the killjoy then!” Just you try it Mike Hill. I sleep like a baby and can not be woken in that fashion.

47 mins – Holland 1-0 Denmark
What a start to the second half! Van Persie whips in a cross and Simon Poulsen – who I was busy saying is a good player just moments ago – heads it weakly against Agger and into the net. I just choked on my half-time toast.

Half-time
Final first half thought from Ben: “Nice of you to refer to my comments as pearls of wisdom but I thought van Bronckhorst would be playing as a defensive midfielder and he’s not, nor is he getting forward much. £2 down the drain it seems unless he storms forward like Carlos Alberto in the 1970 final. Denmark seem to have it spot on though; Mourinho would indeed be proud. Decent on the counter too. But the Dutch passing is alright, and van Persie has shown nice touches in tight situations so I’d still expect Holland to do something useful soon and “move up a gear or two” as they say.”

The ref blows his whistle on a largely disappointing first half. Holland haven’t put any kind of sustained passing together and the Danes have easily held them at arm’s length. Olsen’s side look the more dangerous thanks to Rommedhal and Bendtner’s intelligent play but they are hardly committing men forward at all. Let’s hope for a bit more Dutch adventure in the second period. I’m off to get a brew. See you for the second half. Stuart says “Are you sure a goal is coming?” I was Stuart, I really was, but the vuvuzela’s are interfering with my goal radar. It’s a problem.

44 mins
Good chance for Van Persie which he squanders. A Danish deflection puts him clear in the box but good defending from Agger who blocks his path to goal and the Dutchman shoots wide. De Jong hacks down Bendtner and gets a yellow card. It’s been coming.

42 mins
Simon Poulsen, Denmark’s left-back, looks a good player. He’s contained Kuyt well. A Sorensen goal-kick goes straight through to Stekelenburg. We’re back to dull, dull, dull. Come on! Let’s be ‘aving you!

38 mins
That was bizarre. Six. Yes, Six Danish players lined up to take a free-kick a good 40 yards from goal. Odd. It all came to nothing, by the way. And then Denmark come close again! Great pass from Bendtner gives Kahlenberg the chance to have a dip and his shot is tipped wide. A goal is coming. I can smell it.

36 mins
Nigel De Jong flies in two-footed on Jorgensen and is lucky not to get his name taken. Ben’s piped up again: “I’ve yet to see this ball dip much following the pre-tournament angst. It seems to fly away when players try to hit long diagonal balls out wide though. The best teams have been Argentina, Ghana and Germany who kept the ball by passing it short and/or low.” Ben – I think you are right. Keep the pearls of wisdom coming. Oooooh! Van Persie almost gets in behind the Danish defence but wins only a corner. A low cross from Kuyt is then spooned over his own bar by a Danish defender. The Dutch are definitely improving. And then suddenly Denmark almost take the lead! Denmark break and Rommedhal gets a bit of space on the right – his powerful drive is well gathered by Stekelenburg.

28 mins
It’s official – the game is dull. First Mexican wave of the day has started in earnest. But wait! Rommedhal floats in a cross and Bendtner has a great chance from six yards. His downward header bounces just wide of the post. He really should have scored. Muppet.

26 mins
Half-way through the first half and it’s a pretty tepid affair. Both sides look like they can’t really be bothered. As expected, Denmark are sitting fairly deep and allowing the Dutch to play and, so far, they’ve been equal to everything the Oranje have tried. Not much fun for the neutral although Jose Mourinho is probably loving every second.

24 mins
Bit better from the Dutch now. Van Bommel plays a nice ball inside which Van Persie steps over and Van der Vaart then steers wide. Denmark go up the other end and Enevoldsen has another bash. He treats the crowd to another blast over the bar.

20 mins
Ex-Charlton Athletic winger Dennis Rommedahl (remember him?) is making his 97th appearance for Denmark today. Dutch captain and ex-Arsenal star Giovanni van Bronckhorst is winning his 100th. Nice. I hate to say this but, really, nothing is happening on the pitch. Until… yes! SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED! Suddenly Van der Vaart works a shooting chance on the edge of the box but his attempted curler is blocked.

16 mins
Beautiful Cruyff-turn by Bendtner in midfield takes out two Dutchmen. His through-ball is easily cut out. Story of the game so far – a bit of skill followed by a predictable pass.

14 mins
Sorensen takes about 20 minutes to take a goal kick. Bit early for time-wasting, surely. Fairly uninspiring stuff, really. The vuzuzelas seem even louder than normal. Anyone got any good World Cup stories from the tournament thus far?

10 mins
Enevoldsen has a dip from range for Denmark but he spoons his shot well wide – more ammo for the anti-Jabulani league. Denmark have started well and are more than holding their own, closing down quickly and not allowing the Dutch to settle. Videprinter stalwart Ben has given us his missive for the day: “3-0 to the Dutch, who power through the group before disappointing in the later stages. Van Bronckhorst is 25/1 to score anytime by the way…not bad for any midfielder.” Heed his words. Oooooh! Kuyt has a dip and Sorensen almost spills it Robert Green-style but he gets away with it.

6 mins
Nice interplay in midfield from De Jong and Van Der Vaart results in a Holland free-kick. Sneijder has a go from all of 40 yards and blazes well over. That was awful.

5 mins
Cagey start and not much happening so far. Both sides failing to connect with passes. Come on, chaps.

1 min
And we’re off! Holland look splendid in their Orange shirts, black shorts and orange socks. The Danes look ice-cool in white shirts and socks with red shorts. Daniel Agger is still in Liverpool mode – a short back-pass almost lets in Van Persie but Sorensen clears.

12:28
Wow. I got a bit teary-eyed at the Danish anthem. A dramatic piece of music, heartily sung by players, coaches and fans alike. Great stuff. The Dutch anthem was more measured. 1-0 to the Danes on musical interpretation.

12:26
What’s with the ball on the plinth as the teams walk out? I have no idea, but it’s there again today. Jon Champion has already trotted out the ‘artists v artisans’ line. I have to say, ITV’s commentary team is absolutely abysmal. They seem to have been instructed to shoe-horn as many cliches, analogies and bits of amateur alliteration they can humanly handle. Just tell us who’s on the ball and maybe enlighten us slightly on the formations, for God’s sake!

12:22
On ITV, Edgar Davids is laughing at Kevin Keegan’s pronunciation of Dutch names – top quality telly. I don’t think that would have happened with Steve Ryder at the helm. England’s best performer at this World Cup has undoubtedly been Adrian Chiles.

12:20
Vuvuzela news: Yes! Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg is rocking to the sound of several thousand vuvuzelas tooting like nobody’s business. In your face, killjoys. I think I’m going to get one for these text commentaries and blow it constantly in defiance. Could be difficult to type, though. For all you football geeks, today’s referee is Stephane Lannoy, a video games distributor from France. He likes reading and cinema. Any predictions for this one?

12:15
Hello everyone and welcome to thevideprinter’s first live text commentary of World Cup 2010. Lots of people are saying that this World Cup has been a bit boring so far – apart from the raucous atmosphere – but I beg to differ. The opening game was a cracker and the thrill of South Africa’s opening goal and the joyous celebration that followed was a thrilling way to kick things off. Pint-sized nutcase Diego Maradona looks set to be the star of the show yet again and his Argentina side moved the ball majestically (if you’re in any doubt, watch the highlights of Argentina v Nigeria then England v USA to see what I mean). Messi, meanwhile, looked ominously brilliant. England have shown they will, as ever, provide the comedy while the Germans gave a masterclass in how to crush a weaker opponent with ruthless efficiency (there, I said it). Ghana played some fine football, as did the South Koreans. Slovenia, Serbia and, in particular Greece, have all performed poorly but did we really expect anything else? All that and it’s only day four.

TEAM NEWS: HOLLAND
Arjen Robben is still struggling to shake off a hamstring injury but Van Persie, Sneijder and Van der Vaart all make the starting line-up who are reportedly at each other’s throats as usual. Here it is: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst, 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de Jong, 23-Rafael van der Vaart, 9-Robin van Persie.

TEAM NEWS: DENMARK
Despite coach Morten Olsen announcing yesterday that striker Niklas Bendtner “cannot play” the Arsenal booze-hound is leading the line against Holland – great bit of Fergie-esque lying there. Olsen also said “a good result would be a draw for us” so expect his side to park the bus in front of goal. Unless he was lying again, of course. Anyway, here’s the team: 1-Thomas Sorensen; 4-Daniel Agger, 3-Simon Kjaer, 6-Lars Jacobsen, 15-Simon Poulsen, 10-Martin Jorgensen, 2-Christian Poulsen, 20-Thomas Enevoldsen, 12-Thomas Kahlenberg, 19-Dennis Rommedahl, 11-Nicklas Bendtner.

Holland have got to be overwhelming favourites to win this game and I’m going to boring and follow the bookies on this one. Some pretty Dutch passing will be sufficient to down Denmark who will try and keep them at bay and counter by booting the ball up to Bendtner.

11:43
Pre-match stretch
Vuvuzela news: World Cup 2010 organising committee chief executive Danny Jordaan is monitoring the vuvuzela situation after numerous complaints from players, media and other assorted spoilsports and says a ban could be enforced if there are “grounds to do so”. So, it’s OK to hurl foul abuse at players and sing the theme to the Great Escape out of tune but it’s not OK to enjoy yourself and blow a plastic horn? I can’t believe how miserable these people are. MAN UP, YOU MISERABLE GITS!

Never-write-off-the-Germans news: Mightily impressive stuff from Germany, led by their impudent playmaker Mesut Ozil, in their 4-0 shoeing of Australia last night. Their passing and movement was exceptional and they would have made mincemeat of the Aussies even without the benefit of Tim Cahill’s harsh red card. If Joachim Low’s side keep this up a second round meeting with England could be embarrassing for Don Fabio and his bumbling chums.

Join Guy Kilty at 12:15 for live coverage of Holland vs Denmark. Will the Dutch implode on day one or will Van Persie, Sneijder and chums bury the hatchet for an hour and a half to swat aside the unfancied Danes? All will be revealed…

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben Winstanley permalink
    June 14, 2010 11:31 am

    3-0 to the Dutch, who power through the group before disappointing in the later stages. Van Bronckhorst is 25/1 to score anytime by the way…not bad for any midfielder.

  2. Ben Winstanley permalink
    June 14, 2010 11:56 am

    I’ve yet to see this ball dip much following the pre-tournament angst. It seems to fly away when players try to hit long diagonal balls out wide though. The best teams have been Argentina, Ghana and Germany whokept the ball by passing it short and/or low.

  3. Stewart McCullough permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:11 pm

    Are you sure a goal is coming? 🙂

  4. Ben Winstanley permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:12 pm

    Nice of you to refer to my comments as pearls of wisdom but I thought van Bronckhorst would be playing as a defensive midfielder and he’s not, nor is he getting forward much. £2 down the drain it seems unless he storms forward like Carlos Alberto in the 1970 final.
    Denmark seem to have it spot on though; Mourinho would indeed be proud. Decent on the counter too. But the Dutch passing is alright, and van Persie has shown nice touches in tight situations so I’d still expect Holland to do something useful soon and “move up a gear or two” as they say.

  5. Mike Hill permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:29 pm

    Guy Kilty you will be woken by the sound of a vuvuzela at 6 tomorrow morning, see who is the killjoy then!

  6. Ben Winstanley permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:53 pm

    Guy what are your tips for the two games later today?

  7. Mike Hill permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:55 pm

    Van Persie a millions miles away from being one of the tournament’s top strikers, had a great chance one-on-one and his touch was so heavy Emile Heskey would have been proud of it

  8. Ben Winstanley permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:57 pm

    With Ferdinand and Nani injured, it leaves Park, Rooney, Vidic, Carrick, Evra and Hernandez involved by my reckoning. I was having a discussion about who will score more – current United or former United players? I settled for 5-4 in favour of current United, assuming Rooney bags a few. Tevez and Ronaldo might see ex-United to victory though. Currently 1-0 with Park’s goal on Saturday.

  9. Ben Winstanley permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:59 pm

    Actually Zoran Tosic might be there as well

  10. Mike Hill permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:59 pm

    1-1 Ben, remember Heinze for Argentina

  11. Ben Winstanley permalink
    June 14, 2010 1:00 pm

    Good point. Was quite happy to forget about him. His going to ground so easily could cost Argentina BIG in this competition.

  12. Stewart McCullough permalink
    June 14, 2010 1:03 pm

    Afellay one to watch

  13. Ben Winstanley permalink
    June 14, 2010 1:10 pm

    I agree Cameroon should see off Japan but I’d be surprised if Italy hammered Paraguay. Should be a cracking game that one.

  14. Mike Hill permalink
    June 14, 2010 1:12 pm

    Cameroon 1-0 Japan, Italy 2-1 Paraguay

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