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Netherlands vs Slovakia: Shades of Clockwork Orange as Arjen Robben returns

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(Read caption) Netherlands' Arjen Robben scores a goal past Slovakia's Martin Skrtel (l.), Jan Durica (2nd r.), and Radoslav Zabavnik (r.) during today's Netherlands vs Slovakia second round soccer match at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa.

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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.

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