HOLLAND GO THROUGH The Dutch never really played to their full potential, but didn't need to against a Slovakia side who were always vulnerable on the break. Robben's classy counter-attacking opener put Holland in control, but they had to wait until late on to make the game safe through Sneijder. The second goal turned out to be all-important as Slovakia missed a couple of great chances after the break and grabbed a consolation from the spot in injury time. The Netherlands are superb in the final third, but look shaky at the back and may be found out later in the competition.
GOOAAALLL!!! Vittek scores his fourth goal of the tournament from the spot, slotting it into the left corner to give Slovakia a consolation. The final whistle goes as the striker wheels away in celebration.
PENALTY! Stekelenburg hauls down Jakubko in the box, picking up a booking and giving away a penalty.
FINAL CHANGE Afellay replaces Sneijder and almost makes it three with a lovely shot from distance that skims past the post.
THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL This is all over bar the shouting now. Slovakia have little to no chance of getting back into it, and their heads have gone down.
DOUBLE CHANGE Hamsik and Zabavnik make way as Sapara and Jakubko get a World Cup run out as consolation for their last-16 exit.
MORE ON THAT GOAL Kuyt picked up the ball on the break, rounded the keeper and had the composure to lay the ball across for the onrushing Sneijder, who slid the ball home to all-but wrap up the win.
GOOAAALLL!!! Spoke too soon...! Sneijder makes it 2-0 as Holland scythe through the Slovakia defence.
STILL TIME FOR SLOVAKIA Despite the Dutch dominance, Slovakia have created opportunities and this game is still very much in the balance.
DUTCH CHANGE Van Persie is taken off, much to his obvious disgust, and is replaced by Huntelaar.
HE'S SKIED IT Vittek is played onside, but takes too much time to get the ball out of his feet, and eventually has to snap at an effort on the turn, sending it way over the bar. The striker's missed a couple of great opportunities to get Slovakia back into this.
PALMED AWAY Kuyt cuts in from the left and lets fly, but sees his shot beaten away comfortably by Mucha. The Liverpool man had time and space to find a team-mate there, and may have been better placed to do so rather than go for goal.
YELLOW CARD Kopunek's first touch against Italy was to score, but this time it's a very different matter as he hacks down Elia and picks up a booking.
CH-CH-CHANGES Robben is replaced by Dutch super-sub Elia, while Slovakia also introduce their impact man, with Kopunek replacing Jendrisek.
SHOULD HAVE SCORED Sneijder's free-kick in picks out Kuyt, but he can't keep his flicked header down. He was under no pressure from a defender and really should have hit the target.
ANOTHER STUNNING STOP! Vittek is clean through, but shoots straight at the keeper. Stekelenburg did well to block and make sure the rebound didn't fall to a white shirt, but the Slovakian should really have scored there. Suddenly this game has got interesting!
WHAT A SAVE! Stoch cuts inside onto his right and forces Stekelenburg into a stunning save to keep his team ahead. That was the best effort of the game so far for Slovakia, and a real wake-up call for the Netherlands.
SNEIJDER DENIED Stoch badly under-hits a free-kick in the Dutch half, and Holland break forward at pace through Robben. The scorer of the opener picks out Sneijder, but the playmaker's shot is blocked as the Slovakian defence desperately shut down the space on the edge of the area.
A BIT TOO CLEVER Van Persie has time to control and turn, but instead goes for an adventurous flicked back-heel through-ball, and gives the ball away. It is still just 1-0, and Holland would be better off looking to put this game to bed before they start showboating.
BRAVE KEEPING Van Persie's free-kick is whipped goal-wards, but Mucha does well to punch the ball goal under pressure from the onrushing Kuyt.
ROBBEN CAUSING PROBLEMS The winger twice cuts in from the right, first failing to find a team-mate in the box, but then winning a free-kick in a dangerous area with the follow-up.
FIT TO CONTINUE The magic spray has done the trick and Zabavnik comes back on.
INJURY CONCERN Zabavnik has been down for some time and hobbles off for treatment on the sidelines. Slovakia will temporarily have to play with just ten men.
BREAKING UP THE FLOW Alberto Undiano has a lot to answer for over the scrappy nature of this game. The referee has blown up for even the slightest of infringements, and it has made for an incredibly stop-start game.
ONE-WAY TRAFFIC It has been wave after wave of Oranje attacks since half time, and Sneijder brings the keeper into action again, curling in a cross that Mucha comes out to claim.
ANOTHER TOP SAVE! Robben's ball in finds Mathijsen - who had stayed forward after the corner - but the defender's flick towards goal is wonderfully blocked by Mucha. The keeper's having a blinder since the break!
DEJA VU! Van Persie almost breaks through thanks to some sumptous skill, but the ball breaks to Robben out on the right, who almost repeats his goal, cutting inside and forcing Mucha into a stunning save.
NOT QUITE CLICKING Slovakia didn't function as an attacking unit before the break, and early signs are that little has changed, with Vittek needlessly surrendering possession.
SECOND HALF Holland get the second 45 underway in Durban.
HALF TIME The whistle goes on a first 45 that has dawdled along, and credit must go to Robben for livening things up with his stunning strike midway through the half. Let's hope for better fare after the break.
BIG IMPACT Robben's return has transformed the Dutch, and they now look like a real creative force when they do venture forward. The Bayern man has linked up beautifully with Sneijder and Van Persie, and almost gets the latter in again.
YELLOW CARD Kucka picks up a booking for a nothingy challenge on De Jong. This referee won't stand for anything even resembling a strong tackle, and it's testament to how tame the game is that we've had just the two yellows.
WASTED OPPORTUNITY Slovakia have the chance to break, but Kucka's touch is poor and he gives the ball away.
FINALLY SOME ACTION... ... the linesman's flag has broken, and he sprints the width of the pitch to claim a replacement. That's the most entertainment we've seen since the goal, which says quite a lot.
YELLOW CARD Robben is booked for an unintentional handball. The goal-scorer looks astonished, but he shouldn't be - this ref can't resist flashing his cards.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE The game is a little tepid as Holland hold onto the ball and make the occasional forward thrust at the Slovakia defence. At this stage the underdogs can't get hold of the ball for long enough to build any pressure.
HARSH DECISION Sniejder is called up for a foul in the box, but that is a hugely generous for Slovakia as he did little wrong.
MAKING THEIR OWN FUN The game has slowed down to near walking pace since the goal as Holland play possession football, so the fans have opted for that scourge of every major sporting event - the Mexican Wave.
MORE ON THAT GOAL A long ball picked out Robben crossing half way, and his pace took him clear of the back-tracking midfielders. Cutting inside onto his left, he opted to shoot from outside of the box and found the bottom corner, leaving Mucha with no chance. It's a perfect example of counter-attacking football, and Slovakia will now be extremely vulnerable as they have to come out in search of an equaliser.
GOOAAALLL!!! Arjen Robben rips Slovakia apart on the break and opens the scoring for the Netherlands. It's 1-0 and a stunning goal!
SHOOT ON SIGHT POLICY Slovakia again get into a good position further forward, but Kucka continues the policy of shooting at any hint of an opportunity and drags his shot wide.
DUTCH PLAY KEEP-BALL Always so comfortable in possession, Holland have responded to the strong start by Slovakia and are keeping the ball in the centre of the park to try and take the sting out of their opponents' play.
QUESTIONABLE HAIR-DO Hamsik is a much-hyped player for Slovakia, and the creative midfielder clearly isn't lacking any confidence, sporting a dashing spiky mohawk on the world stage. He's certainly trying hard, but it's probably fair to say that he's not quite at the David Beckham level of football fashion just yet...
CHANCES AT BOTH ENDS Hamsik slams a shot wide at one end, before Holland build an attack of their own, picking out Van Persie in the box. The Arsenal forward lines up a shot, but is denied by the last defender just as he is about to pull the trigger on that devastating left foot.
DAVID V GOLIATH? The Netherlands are huge favourites to progress to the quarter-finals, but have been stunned too many times in past tournaments to take anything for granted, while Slovakia's superb 3-2 win over Italy in their last game means that the underdogs should not be discounted.
EARLY SIGHTER Robben and Sneijder link up in the Slovakia half, but the latter's shot is not controlled and sails over the bar.
FIRST CHANCE OF THE GAME Slovakia will be looking to play on the break today, and get an early chance to do so, bursting into space down the right and creating space for Jendrisek outside the box, whose shot dips just over the bar.
KICK-OFF Slovakia get the game underway, kitted out in their all-white kit, meaning that the Dutch have opted for black shorts with orange shirts and socks.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE Alberto Undiano Mallenco of Spain takes charge of this afternoon's game, but it is a slight surprise that he has been retained for the knockout stages after a dreadful display in the Germany v Serbia clash in the group stage, where he sent of Klose and showed nine yellows.
THE ANTHEMS The teams and their respective sets of fans belt out the two anthems - the Dutch a jaunty Christmas carol style number, the Slovak's the most sombre national celebration you're every likely to hear. We're all set for kick-off.
HERE COME THE TEAMS The two teams emerge into bright sunlight at the magnificent Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and it is immediately clear that a majority of this 62,000 crowd have signed up to the vuvuzela orchestra for this game - the noise is deafening!
HOW THEY GOT HERE The Dutch didn't click in the group stages, but still cruised through, winning all three games. Slovakia stunned Italy in the final game to secure progress after only managing a draw against New Zealand in their opening game.
TEAM NEWS Arjen Robben starts for the first time at the World Cup in place of the injured Rafael van der Vaart, meaning that Dirk Kuyt keeps his place in the side. Gregory van der Wiel is back, with Khalid Boulahrouz making way. Slovakia make just one change, bringing in the manager's son and namesake Vladimir Weiss, who will look to hit the Netherlands on the break with his searing pace.
PREVIEW Holland will be favourites to beat Slovakia in Durban after cruising through the group stage with three straight victories. Bert van Marwijk's side are also unbeaten in 22 international matches. Slovakia, who are playing in their first World Cup, earned their place in the last 16 after beating holders Italy 3-2 in one of biggest upsets of recent years.
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