World Cup 2010 Player Ratings: Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

The Oranje were never at their best but still did enough to beat the Repre...

Stekelenburg – 7.5 -
Not called upon at all in the first half, the goalkeeper made two very smart saves midway through the second period to keep his side ahead. Conceded the late penalty, which he could not stop.

Van der Weil – 7 -
Though he was strong and positive when defending, the right-back wasn’t totally secure. He looked nervous early in the game, getting caught out of position on a couple of occasions and struggled to get his positioning right. Nevertheless, executed a decent game.

Heitinga – 6 -
If there was one weakness in the Dutch side, it was their central defensive unit. The central two were cut open on several occasions and may well have been more severely punished by a more capable attack.

Mathijsen – 6 -
Didn’t function especially well alongside Heitinga and wasn’t even under significant pressure. Too often caught out by the Slovakian forwards, which must be a worry for Bert van Marwijk going into the quarter-finals.

Van Bronckhorst – 6.5 -
This could have been the veteran defender’s last ever game but he will continue with his career for a few more days at least. Showed that he is still capable of playing at the top level with an experienced performance and was the catalyst for what proved to be the decisive goal with his quickly taken free kick.

Van Bommel – 6.5 -
Knew instinctively when to get forward and support the more advanced Oranje players but was largely content to play a sitting role in the midfield. Passing was woeful at times, with one simple free kick going straight out the park, but on other occasions he spread the play superbly.

De Jong – 6.5 -
Like Van Bommel, there were occasions when De Jong almost seemed to lose his concentration, passing the ball straight out of play far too routinely. Tackled manfully and was a significant presence in the midfield.

Kuyt – 7 -
Rarely spectacular but always reliable, the Liverpool wideman once again gave his all for the shirt. His game can be a little too focussed on industry, but when he got on the ball he generally used it well. Clever run to create the second goal and showed great composure to pick out Sneijder.

Sneijder – 7.5 -
The fulcrum of the Dutch side and one of the outstanding players in the world over the last six months, the playmaker was again of vital importance to the Oranje. A wonderful raking pass picked out Robben for the opening goal. Always available, and scored the winning goal of the game with a cucumber cool finish.

Robben – 7.5 -
It’s clear that the Bayern Munich player is still not completely fit, but that makes it all the more frightening the quality he can produce. The goal he scored to break the deadlock was one he has already struck many times this season. Tracked back to help his defence regularly and was withdrawn early.

Van Persie – 6.5 -
Faded out of the game a little after a bright start and wasn’t at his best in front of goal. Allowed an early headed chance to be wasted, while he struggled to find the target. Always moving, ‘RvP’ was a threat that could ever be ignored, though he did seem frustrated when he was withdrawn.


Elia – 6 –
Some excellent runs in the closing stages of the game but was ultimately wasteful with his crossing.

Huntelaar – n/a –
Only given the last ten minutes.

Afellay – n/a –
On the field for a matter of seconds but still mustered a dangerous shot.

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Mucha – 6 -
Will be disappointed to have been beaten at his near post by Robben’s opening goal, but he isn’t the first goalkeeper to succumb to such a strike. Made a series of fine second half blocks but really cost his side when he needlessly rushed for a quickly taken free kick that he was never going to reach. This error led to the second Dutch goal.

Pekarik – 6.5 -
Restricted to largely a defensive brief, the right-back struggled to cope with the industry of Kuyt at times. Never beaten for skill, he did make a couple of mental lapses, including failing to get back into position quickly enough after conceding the free kick that led to the second Dutch strike.

Skrtel – 6.5 -
Cut a frustrated figure for much of the second half of the game as it quickly became clear that Slovenia were on their way out. A sturdy presence in the defence, the Liverpool defender generally coped well with the Dutch threat.

Durica – 7 -
Got his toe to several dangerous balls in and around the Slovakian box. Valued the ball when he was in possession, not tending to do anything silly or overly lavish when granted it at his feet.

Zabavnik – 6.5 -
Made a positive impression in the early stages of the match, robbing the ball from Robben to create a good early chance for his side. Seemed to be caught on the hop for Robben’s opening goal and it was also the left-back who was initially marking Kuyt for the second strike.

Weiss – 6.5 -
Has been one of Slovakia’s main creative forces in the World Cup but was coming back into the team after being dropped against Italy. Showed some nice touches in the first half and found some end product to match it later in the second half.

Kucka – 6 -
Against Italy the defensive midfielder was content to hold his position for the vast majority of the time before breaking forward dangerously to fizz a shot past the post. Did this against the Dutch, but was allowed time on the ball in deeper areas as his passing lacked imagination and often accuracy.

Hamsik – 6 -
Stationed in the middle of the park, the Netherlands made sure that the Napoli player was closely policed. As a result he struggled to get anything going in an offensive sense, which really stifled his largely limited team-mates. When he was given space he looked like he may just create something, but he was largely a shadow after the break.

Stoch – 7 -
Lapses in concentration meant that the Chelsea player was occasionally casual with his first touch, and that allowed the Netherlands the chance to pinch the ball from him during the first half. Improved significantly after the break, posing real problems to Dutch rear-guard at times due to his directness. Also delivered several dangerous free kicks that were well dealt with by the Dutch defence.

Jendrisek – 6 -
Certainly not a shot-shy player, the left-sided player was prepared to chance his arm from anywhere in the offensive area of the field. This did not always lend his team well as there were often better options available. Rarely involved after the break before being withdrawn.

Vittek – 6.5 -
Scored twice in the recent victory over Italy but his main job is as a link man. In that capacity he failed for the most part against the Oranje as the former Lille player was sloppy with his distribution, often taking too many touches on the ball. Struck the late consolation from the penalty spot.


Kopunek – 6.5 –
Brought on to try and provide Slovakia with a little more attacking impetus with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Sapara – n/a –
Given a few minutes at the end.

Jakubko – n/a –
Stretched his legs in the dying stages of the match.

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