Dutch de­light in Soc­cer City

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

aN own goal by daniel ag­ger and a late dirk Kuyt ef­fort helped Hol­land be­gin their cam­paign with a com­fort­able vic­tory over den­mark at Soc­cer City in Jo­hannse­burg.

Both goals came in the sec­ond half af­ter an as­sured first pe­riod of de­fend­ing by the Scan­di­na­vians, who con­stantly thwarted a dutch at­tack which ap­peared short of ideas with­out the in­jured ar­jen Robben.

But the re­sis­tance was bro­ken less than a 60 sec­onds into the sec­ond half, when Robin van Per­sie’s cross from the left was headed on by Simon Poulsen - seem­ingly for a corner - but struck the back of ag­ger and went in.

Kuyt dou­bled Hol­land’s ad­van­tage five min­utes from the end to en­sure the highly-fan­cied Oranje a pos­i­tive start in Group E.

It could have been worse for den­mark, but daniel Poulsen cleared Ibrahim afel­lay’s shot off the line late on.

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