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Netherlands vs. Denmark: Dutch dark horses cruise to victory after Dane's own goal

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(Read caption) OWN GOAL: Danish players watch as Simon Poulsen (not pictured) scored an own goal during the Netherlands vs. Denmark match.

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The Netherlands rarely had to step out of second gear during a routine 2-0 win against a lackluster Denmark side in Johannesburg’s Soccer City. A comical own goal, which went in off Daniel Agger’s back, gave the Dutch the lead just after half-time and although the Dutch had to wait for Dirk Kuyt’s tap-in to seal the victory, Denmark had never threatened to equalize.

The Netherlands’ are often tipped as pre-tournament dark horses, and this World Cup is no different.

Arjen Robben may have been missing with a hamstring injury but coach Bert van Marwijk was still able to call on the talent of Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder, and Rafael van der Vaart. The young substitute, Eljero Elia, whose shot was palmed against the post to set up Kuyt’s goal, also impressed. This team should not struggle to create chances.

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