29 Jun 2010

Netherlands through to WC quarters

6:21 am on 29 June 2010

The Netherlands have ended Slovakia's giantkilling run at the World Cup with a 2-1 win to join Germany as the second European team in the quarter-finals.

The Dutch were dominant throughout and newcomers Slovakia rarely came close to repeating their shock elimination of holders Italy last week.

Arjen Robben, making his first start, picked up a superb long ball from Wesley Sneijder and slammed in a left-footed shot in the 18th minute, and Sneijder doubled the score six minutes from the end at the match in Durban.

Robert Vittek scored a consolation penalty for Slovakia just before the final whistle.

In the quarter-finals the Dutch will play the winners of the Brazil-Chile match.