Dutch delight in Soccer City
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.