Monday, June 28, 2010

Netherlands vs Slovakia Time and Live Score: World Cup Football 2010

Netherlands and Slovakia are going to face each other in their round of 16 clash on 28 June at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban. Slovakia would like to continue the dream run and would feel no pressure as they have nothing to lose in this match. Netherlands, on the other hand, would look to continue their winning momentum they got in the group stage.


The match begins at 14:00 GMT and 16:00 local time. Football fans in Netherlands and Slovakia would be able to watch the match from 16:00. In USA, the match starts at 10:00 (New York time) and 07:00 (California time).

Live Score

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Netherlands reached the round of 16 as the group E champion after winning all 3 matches and clinching full 9 points. This is the first time, Netherlands won all 3 group matches in World Cup. So, they are now full of confident.

Slovakia is playing their first World Cup finals, but yet they created history by defeating defending champion Italy in their final group match. So, they are no less confident than their Dutch opponent. With very good attacking intent, Slovakia poses considerable amount of threat for any opponent. They reached the round of 16 as the group F runner up, finishing behind Paraguay in the point table.

Netherlands is far stronger than Slovakia considering the quality of player the Dutch side have. Netherlands have very good attacking line up in the presence of in-form striker Robin van Persie and two wingers Dirk Kuyt and Arjen Robben, who returned to action in the previous match against Cameroon as a second half substitute after recovering from his hamstring injury.

Attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder also adds firepower to the Dutch attack. Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong operate at the central midfield.

With Maarten Stekelenburg in goal, Netherlands defense features John Heitinga and Joris Mathijsen at the center of the defense. Captain Bronckhorst would play as the left back, while there are two candidates for the right back position: Khalid Boulahrouz and Gregory van der Wiel. Anyone can start against Slovakia.

Slovakia has a very balanced squad in the presence of some versatile players who can play in more than one position with sheer effect. Given Slovakia’s performance against Italy, coach Vladimír Weiss would most likely feature the same eleven against Netherlands.

With Ján Mucha in between the goalposts, they have Liverpool defender Martin Škrtel and Ján Ďurica at the center of the defense. Zabavník and Pekarík occupy the two full back positions.

Zdeno Štrba and Juraj Kucka could be deployed at the center of the midfield with captain Hamšík and Stoch playing in the two wings.

Slovakia poses considerable amount of threat for the Dutch defense as it features Vittek, who has already scored 3 goals so far in the tournament, and Jendrišek. Another goal would make Vittek the all time leading goal scorer for Slovakia, surpassing Szilárd Németh.

Netherlands First Eleven (Probable)

Maarten Stekelenburg, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Gregory van der Wiel/ Khalid Boulahrouz, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Mark van Bommel, Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Dirk Kuyt, Rafael van der Vaart/ Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie

Slovakia First Eleven (Probable)

Ján Mucha, Martin Škrtel, Ján Ďurica, Peter Pekarík, Radoslav Zabavník, Zdeno Štrba, Juraj Kucka, Marek Hamšík, Miroslav Stoch, Róbert Vittek, Erik Jendrišek

Netherlands is apparently favorite against Slovakia, given their recent form and squad strength, but the Dutch side can not just rule out the Slovak threat and take their opposition lightly. Any kind of complacency from Netherlands could create one of the biggest upsets in the history of World Cup Football.

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