World Cup 2010: Netherlands vs. Denmark Live Stream [UPDATED]
Netherlands (Holland) and Denmark open their 2010 FIFA World Cup campaigns when they meet in Johannesburg this afternoon, with the the Flying Dutchmen highly expected to put in some impressive performances in this tournament.
The Netherlands were the first to qualify for this first World Cup in Africa. Bert van Marwijk’s side won all eight of their qualifying matches, and combined to outscore their opponents 17-2. The Dutch have never won the Cup, but reached the finals of both the 1974 and 1978 tournaments playing their type of spectacular football.
Arjen Robben has been ruled out of today’s clash after he tore a hamstring in their friendly thrashing of Hungary. Van Marwijk said that it was too risky to pitch the 26-year-old Bayern Munich star but he said that he is hopeful of Robben returning to the lineup in time to face Japan in their second game.
Oranje will surely miss Robben’s brilliance, but they still have Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt and Real Madrid’s Rafael van der Vaart to assist Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
The Danes, meanwhile, have won their last three opening matches at the World Cup and their cureent status is excellent having comfortably topped a qualifying group that contained Sweden and Portugal.
The match kicks-off at 13:30 CET (7:30 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: The Netherlands kicked-off their World Cup campaign in Group E with a 2-0 win over Denmark. Van Marwijk’s side took the lead in the 46th minute when Olsen-Banden defender Simon Poulsen headed a ball off the back of teammate Daniel Agger and and past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen. Dirk Kuyt doubled the lead later on.