Holland has been overlooked in this World Cup. But in today’s Netherlands vs Slovakia match, Arjen Robben returned to make the world take notice of the men in orange.
Welcome back, Arjen Robben.
The star Dutch winger who missed almost the whole first round of the World Cup due to an injury returned in style today with a lovely left-footed goal off a curling long ball from teammate Wesley Sneijder.
The Netherlands vs. Slovakia match seemed like just another day at the office for Robben, who scores goals like that with some regularity at Bayern Munich. And, for much of the first half, the Dutch looked reminiscent of the 1970’s “Clockwork Orange” squad that punished opponents with systematic crisp passing and fast runs to space, capped off with precision goal-scoring.
Despite stringing together win after win, Holland has been overlooked in this World Cup. The men in orange have been solid, but not overly impressive.