Netherlands Vs. Japan: Highlights, Results and Players (Photos, Video)

June 19, 2010

The Oranje did it again! Now defeating Japan and getting the lead at his Group E, Keep reading to know the results, highlights and players at this exciting game plus check out this photos and the game’s video below.

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Netherlands comes from winning against Denmark 2-0 and getting their first three points, to their match against Japan. The Oranje left with a total of six and the lead on their group.

Here are the players who met today at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa:

Netherlands Japan
1 Maarten Stekelenburg 21 Eji Kawashima
2 Gregory Van der Wiel 22 Yuji Nakazawa
3 John Heitinga 2 Yuki Abe
4 Joris Mathijsen 3 Yuichi Komano
5 Giovanni Van Bronckhorts 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
6 Mark Van Bommel 5 Yuto Nagamoto
7 Dirk Kuyt 7 Yasushito Endo
8 Nigel De Jong 8 Daisuke Matsui
9 Robin Van Persie 16 Yoshido Okubo
23 Rafael Van der Vaart 17 Makoto Hesebe
10 Wesley Sneijer 18 Keisuke Honda
Coach: Bert van Marwijk Coach:Takeshi Okada

Japan is playing at the World cup for the fourth time. Their first appearance was at the 1998 World Cup in France. In their last game against Cameroon, not even Samuel Eto’O could score against the intrepid Japanese, but this time they would get the three points. Part of that, as coach Okada says, might be due to training leaks that their opponents used on their favor. Could that be possible?

"Details of closed training have been revealed and I think that was unfortunate. I would like to again caution the players on this point."

The Netherland team proved to be more dominant during the match, but Japan’s defense was not giving in and there was no way to score a goal and it remained that way for the entire first half.

On the 53rd minute and from a 20 yards kick by Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands scored their first and only goal, which gave them the victory over Japan.

"We pressed in the second half and got a goal. This is the kind of game (when) we maybe could have got two or three goals, but we won it and that’s great." Sneijder said.

Netherlands’ next game will be on June 23rd against Cameroon while Japan will play against Denmark the same day. What did you think of this game? Do you think it was possible about that training leak coach Okada mentioned?

Check out this photos and video Below.

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Japan vs. Netherlands Video

Photos: News Pictures, Metthew Hines.

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