The Dutch national team won its last World Cup group match on Thursday evening. They defeated Cameroon, who had already been eliminated, 2-1 in Cape Town. Maarten Stekelenburg was the only Ajax player in action. The team will meet Slovakia in the next round.
After a 2-0 win against Denmark and a 1-0 win against Japan, the group match against Cameroon also ended in victory for the Netherlands. They won without the help of Gregory van der Wiel or Demy de Zeeuw. National coach Van Marwijk was likely saving Van der Wiel, who has a yellow card.
For the first time in this tournament, the Dutch team was up before the break. Robin van Persie scored after 36 minutes, after a good combination with former Ajax player Rafael van der Vaart.
In the twentieth minute, Maarten Stekelenburg gave up his first goal of the tournament. Samuel Eto’o sent his penalty kick (hands from Van der Vaart) past the Dutch team’s, and Ajax’s, keeper.
Seven minutes before the end, substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar brought the score to 2-1. The former Ajax forward reacted sharply to a pass from fellow substitute Arjen Robben, which came to his feet via the post. With his sure shot, he brought the Dutch team to victory.
Group winner Netherlands will play Slovakia in the round of sixteen match on Monday, starting at 4p.m.