The emphatic victory that Dutch fans may have been hoping for in their second group game did not arrive although Holland became the first team to qualify for the second round of the World Cup.
The Dutch struggled just as much as Cameroon did to rip open the Japanese defence, which stayed solid and compact for long periods of the game. It was only a solid strike from Wesley Sneijder and a piece of bad goalkeeping that allowed Holland to become the first team to make it into the last sixteen.
Japan still have a narrow chance of making it out of the group although it was clear from the Denmark v Cameroon match that they are the least creative side in the group. They w