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November 16, 2013 7:15 AM EST
Cristal Arena — Genk
Referee:‬ S. Gumienny‎
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Player Ratings: Netherlands 2-2 Japan

The Samurai Blue showed great character to rise up from the dead after Keisuke Honda and Yuya Osako combined to cancel out earlier efforts from Robben and Van der Vaart.

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Jasper Cillessen
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jasper Cillessen

    Had very little to deal with in the first half before seeing two goals fly past him after the interval. Made a number of important stops to ensure Netherlands remained in contention.

  • Daley Blind
    0
    0
    2.50

    Daley Blind

    Offered very little going forward as he was provided almost no support out on the left before the introduction of Willems meant he was supplemented and afforded more of a license to make an impact.

  • Daryl Janmaat
    0
    0
    2.50

    Daryl Janmaat

    Beaten for pace a few times by Kiyotake early on eventually found the confidence to venture into the Japan half. However, his old habits crept back in as Kagawa's movement after coming on was too much for him to handle.

  • Ron Vlaar
    0
    2
    2.00

    Ron Vlaar Flop of the Match

    Ensured the Dutch box was not invaded from the offset but struggled to lead his teammates against the free-flowing attacking onslaught displayed by the visitors after the break.

  • Stefan de Vrij
    0
    0
    2.50

    Stefan de Vrij

    Partnered Vlaar in the heart of the Netherlands' defense and proved assuring in the opening exchanges before the surmounting Japanese pressure forced him into making errors.

  • Arjen Robben
    4
    0
    3.00

    Arjen Robben

    The Bayern ace always looked to take his man on when coming in from the right, as demonstrated by his magnificent strike to pull the Oranje further clear, and even posed a physical threat as a center forward when in the middle.

  • Kevin Strootman
    3
    0
    3.00

    Kevin Strootman

    Despite not scoring, the midfielder was the most influential Oranje player thanks to his inventive passing and intelligent play off-the-ball to drive his side into an early lead. His presence waned as the match grew thin, however.

  • Nigel De Jong
    1
    1
    2.50

    Nigel De Jong

    The tough-tackling midfielder did most of the donkey work while on the pitch to maintain balance in an attack-minded Dutch setup but was replaced at halftime - a decision which arguably cost the team in hindsight.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    4
    0
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    His advancing years mean he has been forced to drop deeper from his usual attacking-midfield role, but he partnered Strootman aptly as he was elegant with the ball at feet and showcased his vision on occasions.

  • Siem de Jong
    0
    1
    2.00

    Siem de Jong

    A disjointed performance from the Ajax man as he looked out of his depth in an unorthodox deeper position. His inability to stay out on the left forced Lens wide, thus congesting things for the Dutch when on the attack.

  • Jeremain Lens
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jeremain Lens

    The former PSV man roamed everywhere in the Dutch front line but as he was too busy filling gaps which were exposed by Netherlands' poor choice of formation, he hardly threatened the Japanese resistance.

Substitutions

  • Jetro Willems
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jetro Willems

    The left-sider provided more support for Blind down the left, but without a recognized ball-winner in midfield, he failed to fill De Jong's boots.

  • Shusaku Nishikawa
    1
    1
    2.50

    Shusaku Nishikawa

    Could do nothing about the Dutch finishes but remained tall between the sticks, despite a small blip when he almost spilled a snapshot.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    2
    0
    2.00

    Atsuto Uchida

    Made the fatal slip in the build-up to the opening Netherlands goal and could not recover fully from his mistake as he failed to inspire confidence with his defending while not being nearly as positive going forward as Nagatomo or Sakai.

  • Maya Yoshida
    1
    0
    2.50

    Maya Yoshida

    Could not be faulted for heading back to Uchida before the Schalke man's slip, but unlike his teammate, he did not let the misjudgment affect the rest of his afternoon and made a key intervention to deny Lens at the last hurdle.

  • Yasuyuki Konno
    1
    0
    2.50

    Yasuyuki Konno

    After a difficult start, the toothless nature of Dutch attack meant he had very little to do in truth, as he maintained his nerve throughout the afternoon, a booking aside.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    2
    0
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Doubled up with Kiyotake to get the better of Janmaat early on before being given more freedom to push forward and support once the winger was replaced by the free-roaming Kagawa.

  • Hiroshi Kiyotake
    1
    0
    2.50

    Hiroshi Kiyotake

    His pace and movement proved a handful early on before Janmaat tightened up and forced the winger into cutting inside to the point his gameplan became too predictable.

  • Hotaru Yamaguchi
    1
    0
    2.50

    Hotaru Yamaguchi

    A tidy performance from the youngster, who passed the ball around neatly and did enough to ensure he was not a passenger in the team.

  • Makoto Hasebe
    3
    0
    3.00

    Makoto Hasebe

    A surprising choice to be replaced at halftime after applying plenty of pressure on the Dutch midfield, to the point his turn and pass assisted Osako. However, Endo fortunately carried on his good work.

  • Shinji Okazaki
    1
    1
    3.00

    Shinji Okazaki

    Was not much of an attacking threat but his breathless work in tracking back to help out Uchida and drag Blind out of position meant his fellow attackers could do the damage instead.

  • Keisuke Honda
    6
    0
    3.50

    Keisuke Honda Top of the Match

    A quiet first half was overshadowed by a hugely-contrasting showing after the break, finishing off an exquisite one-touch move to net the equalizer and impressing with his shooting technique and vision to pick out teammates time after time.

  • Yuya Osako
    2
    0
    3.50

    Yuya Osako

    Isolated for long spells in the first half before springing into life with a clinical finish to pull one back for Japan before the break. Began to involve himself more and more as his hold-up play was the hub of his side's later dominance.

Substitutions

  • Gotoku Sakai
    1
    0
    3.50

    Gotoku Sakai

    Replaced Nagatomo in the second half and sent a number of dangerous crosses into the box, while also impressive with his link-up play down the wing.

  • Yasuhito Endō
    1
    0
    3.00

    Yasuhito Endō

    Added balance to a Japan team shell-shocked by an early Netherlands assault, as his experience in keeping the ball and distributing efficiently to keep things ticking over was an invaluable platform to his side's second-half improvement.

  • Yoichiro Kakitani
    2
    0
    3.00

    Yoichiro Kakitani

    Extremely lively during his short time on the pitch, but ought to have fired home the winner, were it not for his lack of composure.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    6
    0
    4.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    The Manchester United star made a marked impact coming off the bench as he assisted the second goal with a deft touch, while his all-round game was electrifying at times.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. A. PulidoStrikerMexico3.67
2. C. PeñaMidfielderMexico3.33
3. RodríguezDefenderMexico2.83
4. Rafa MárquezDefenderMexico2.83
5. L. MontesMidfielderMexico2.83
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0