NETHERLANDS 4-1 GHANA, Rotterdam 01/06/10
Kuyt 30, Van Der Vaart 72, Sneijder 80, Van Persie 87 (pen); Gyan 78

The Netherlands overcame a late scare from Ghana as they eventually won 4-1 to defend the title, and bring the UFWC title one step closer to a FIFA World Cup appearance.

The Netherlands started brightly as shots rained in on the Ghana goal, but an effective goalkeeper/defence combination kept the gain scoreless. The Black Stars gradually began to get into the game, but rarely threatened as the Netherlands maintained the majority of the possession.

The Netherlands were rewarded for their efforts when Dirk Kuyt found the back of the net in the 30th minute, as the Netherlands cruised into half time in a relatively comfortable position.

The second half was a mostly calm affair, as only 4 efforts were made in the first 25 minutes of the half. However that would not last. A goal from Rafael Van Der Vaart in the 72nd minute should have put the match to bed, but the African debutantes didn’t seem to get the hint.

A goal from substitute Asamoah Gyan in the 78th minute gave Ghana a glimmer of hope, and people began thinking that an upset could be on the cards. However those hopes were quickly extinguished, as a goal from Wesley Sneijder only two minutes later restored the home teams two-goal advantage. A Van Persie penalty in the 87th was the icing on the cake of a solid performance for the Netherlands.

This win now puts the Netherlands ahead of Russia in the UFWC all-time rankings, and extends an already remarkable reign as champions, as the number of title defences in this reign extends to 14.

The Netherlands’ final title defence before the FIFA World Cup will be a match against Hungary on June 5th, which we will preview for you tomorrow.

6 thoughts on “Netherlands 4-1 Ghana

  1. JZ

    Very glad to see Oranje (my home country) win so well and to go above Russia… watch out Argentina =)

  2. Dave

    Come on Netherlands, go all the way you deserve it!!
    I saw them twice defend this run against Scotland, and they really deserve the credit that they’ve earned

  3. Jimmy

    Raphael :
    If Oranje beats Hungary, and wins the Cup (7 games), only one more win is needed to go third…

    So in other words, if the Netherlands win their first World Cup, they’ll only need one more win to be third… classic!

    Am I right in thinking if the Netherlands win their next match, whoever is winner of the World Cup will be UFWC champions too?

  4. David Holden Post author

    @Jimmy
    Not necessarily. It will be guaranteed to happen if the UFWC title is taken into the Last 16, but it is possible for it not to make it out of the group stages. Chile in 1950, Mexico in 1962 and Columbia in 1994 have all left the World Cup as UFWC champions, despite being eliminated in the group stage.

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