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Round of 16: Netherlands v Slovakia


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#1 johnmd20


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 07:36 AM

Netherlands is one of two teams to go 3-0 in the Group Stage. Slovakia beat Italy to make it here, so you have to give them credit for that monster win. It should be a pretty good game.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 07:53 AM

Lineups are in and so is Robben.

Soccer-World-Netherlands v Slovakia - teams
DURBAN, June 28 (Reuters) - Teams for Monday's World Cup
second round match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Moses
Mabhida Stadium.
Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel,
3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst;
7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de
Jong, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie
Slovakia: 1-Jan Mucha; 2-Peter Pekarik, 3-Martin Skrtel,
16-Jan Durica, 5-Radoslav Zabavnik, 7-Vladimir Weiss, 15-Miroslav Stoch, 17-Marek Hamsik, 11-Robert Vittek, 19-Juraj
Kucka, 18-Erik Jendrisek.
Referee: Alberto Undiano (Spain)
Follow all matches live at
http://live.reuters..../World-Cup-2010
(Editing by Patrick Johnston)

#3 Tony the Pony


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 08:37 AM

So Van der Vaart will be parking his fat ass on the bench. Good!

Kuijt will move to the left side, Robben on the right. I expect Kuijt and Van Persie to switch from time to time, and Robben to switch sides as well, depending how Slowakia looks.

I just hope they keep the field wide enough. Otherwise, you will see a quick Elia for Kuijt substitution.


Needless to say, Holland should just win this game. Then again, Slovakia hugely entertained me against Italy and will come out without fear. I'm curious to see how much the absence of Strba will affect their midfield.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 08:59 AM

Robben is the oldest looking 26 year old I've ever seen. I thought he was in his early 30s at least.

#5 Maalox


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:02 AM

You gotta think this is going to be a drubbing.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:13 AM

Slovakia abhors keeping possession.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:17 AM

QUOTE (Dummy Hoy @ Jun 28 2010, 09:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Robben is the oldest looking 26 year old I've ever seen. I thought he was in his early 30s at least.


He looked like that when he was 19. The funniest thing is he's incredibly fast and quick. He may have the biggest "actual raw athleticism to how athletic he looks" gap in human history.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:17 AM

Pretty goal.

#9 Ahriman


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:17 AM

ROBBEN!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!

#10 ifmanis5


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:17 AM

Robben's back.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:21 AM

QUOTE (Ahriman @ Jun 28 2010, 10:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ROBBEN!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!

Really good goal and without controversy too.

#12 Tony the Pony


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:25 AM

NL played their worst football up 1-0 against CMR. Just hope they'll keep pressing and go for a second one

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 09:31 AM

Ridiculous booking.

#14 ifmanis5


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:02 AM

Other than the pretty goal this has been pretty ho-hum.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:05 AM

QUOTE (ifmanis5 @ Jun 28 2010, 11:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Other than the pretty goal this has been pretty ho-hum.

Agreed.

They stopped playing voetbal. Again.

For the game, it would be great if Slovakia can score quickly

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:14 AM

Slovakia has been playing the whole half with the ball on their side of the field. That's not going to get it done.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:22 AM

QUOTE (johnmd20 @ Jun 28 2010, 11:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Slovakia has been playing the whole half with the ball on their side of the field. That's not going to get it done.

Now they are peppering the cage and they can't find the back of the net. Man, they have been close.

#18 ifmanis5


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:23 AM

You've got to convert that. 2 excellent saves, tho.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:23 AM

Two KEY saves by the dutch keeper there. If he's not 100% on either of those saves this game is tied

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:23 AM

QUOTE (Tony the Pony @ Jun 28 2010, 11:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Agreed.

They stopped playing voetbal. Again.

For the game, it would be great if Slovakia can score quickly

slovakia not impressing with their shots on goal.

#21 Tony the Pony


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:33 AM

NL should have put this out of reach in the first hour. They are just asking for it

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:35 AM

QUOTE (Tony the Pony @ Jun 28 2010, 11:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
NL should have put this out of reach in the first hour. They are just asking for it

Slovakia just can't close and they have had a lot of very good chances since I wrote they were showing nothing. NL is asking for it but Slovakia might be tiring after all the effort they have put forth to create the chances they have had.

#23 ifmanis5


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:36 AM

RVP is a jerk. And I'm an Arsenal fan.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:38 AM

Ova

#25 Ahriman


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:39 AM

And it's done.

Hup Hup!

#26 johnmd20


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:39 AM

Ball game.

#27 ifmanis5


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:39 AM

The old quick re-start trick. Works for Brazil every time.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:51 AM

Shaky call there. Looked like a dive to me.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:52 AM

QUOTE (Ahriman @ Jun 28 2010, 09:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Shaky call there. Looked like a dive to me.


The foul in the box?



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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:55 AM

QUOTE (Ahriman @ Jun 28 2010, 11:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Shaky call there. Looked like a dive to me.

Didn't look like a dive to me, the goalie was desperate there and he threw his body at the guy. Not a bad call, IMHO, although it didn't make a difference.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:56 AM

QUOTE (majorwibi @ Jun 28 2010, 11:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The foul in the box?

Yeah. Barely any contact from the keeper. Looked like Jakubko ran out of room and then fell over.

Edited by Ahriman, 28 June 2010 - 10:59 AM.


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:58 AM

100% penalty, of course. Vittek was smart about it, left his right leg in there and Stekelenburg made contact.

Holland looked confident, but I hated the play - again - after they took the lead. Holland had 3, 4 hundred percent chances and failed to score or failed to let the open man score (looking at you, Sneijdert, you piece of shit midget wanker).

The second goal illustrates why it pays to have a couple of guys in your team that have a high football IQ and a modest ego. Gio with the quick free kick, Kuijt with the perfect feed. Sneijdert would have never passed in that situation...

Needless to say, I hope Chile wins today, but expect to see Brazil on Friday. Holland definitely has a chance against them, but they had better be a lot sharper, and tighten down in the area where they are weakest, by a mile; central defence.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 11:02 AM

QUOTE (Tony the Pony @ Jun 28 2010, 11:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Needless to say, I hope Chile wins today, but expect to see Brazil on Friday. Holland definitely has a chance against them, but they had better be a lot sharper, and tighten down in the area where they are weakest, by a mile; central defence.


Gotta think that a top team like Brazil would keep Holland's focus. Payback would be sweet for the Dutch.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 12:44 PM

QUOTE (johnmd20 @ Jun 28 2010, 08:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Didn't look like a dive to me, the goalie was desperate there and he threw his body at the guy. Not a bad call, IMHO, although it didn't make a difference.


See Tony's explanation below.

QUOTE (Tony the Pony @ Jun 28 2010, 08:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
100% penalty, of course. Vittek was smart about it, left his right leg in there and Stekelenburg made contact.

Holland looked confident, but I hated the play - again - after they took the lead. Holland had 3, 4 hundred percent chances and failed to score or failed to let the open man score (looking at you, Sneijdert, you piece of shit midget wanker).

The second goal illustrates why it pays to have a couple of guys in your team that have a high football IQ and a modest ego. Gio with the quick free kick, Kuijt with the perfect feed. Sneijdert would have never passed in that situation...

Needless to say, I hope Chile wins today, but expect to see Brazil on Friday. Holland definitely has a chance against them, but they had better be a lot sharper, and tighten down in the area where they are weakest, by a mile; central defence.


I want to make a shirt in a tribute to The Karate Kid that says "Drag the leg" instead of "Sweep the leg" for moments just like that one.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:39 PM

QUOTE (Ahriman @ Jun 28 2010, 10:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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