Netherlands Vs. Denmark: Dutch Take World Cup Opener With Convincing 2-0 Victory

You got the feeling that the sheer force of Dutch numbers would eventually collapse the stout Danish defense late in this game, and that is precisely what happened.

After dominating possession and showing much flair with only a Danish own goal to show for it, Clockwork Orange broke through and effectively ended the match when Dirk Kuyt cleaned up an Eljero Elia shot off the post for a 2-0 lead. After that the Dutch, held in check for much of the match, threatened again late but dribbled away the clock to take the points and the victory in group play.

If there was one revelation for the Dutch is was the play of Elia, who came off the bench and added some needed edge to the Netherlands’ skilled but frustrated attack. He could see a start in the next game against Japan, and if he continues his energetic play the Dutch could be a rolling ball of knives for anyone in their way to handle.

As for Denmark and the requisite Hamlet reference to be made here, the hesitation offensively doomed the masterful defensive effort in limiting the Dutch to just one manufactured goal. (The own-goal was the result of Dutch pressure, but it still feels cheap to credit them outright.) To advance they’ll need something more from midfield, where they were dispossessed early and often by Holland.

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