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Dutch edge past combative Japan

Dutch edge past combative Japan
The second round of matches in Group E began as Holland and Japan met in Durban, with both teams eyeing the near certain spot in the knock out stages that came with the win. (Getty Images)
Dutch edge past combative Japan
The Dutch got the match under way, and from the start, barely gave Japan a touch of the ball, as they probed away at the opposing defence. (Getty Images)
Dutch edge past combative Japan
The Dutch fans were out in full force, turning large swathes of the Moses Mabhida Stadium orange, the traditional colours of the Dutch team. (Getty Images)
Dutch edge past combative Japan
The first real chance carved out was from a spectacular overhead kick by Dirk Kuyt, the Dutch winger, which shot over the top of the bar. (Getty Images)
Dutch edge past combative Japan
As the half wore on, the Dutch remained patient and steadily built up play, mindful of what had happened to Germany and Spain in previous games, where the teams tried to force the issue and ended up conceding fatal goals. (Getty Images)
Dutch edge past combative Japan
Barely 10 minutes into the second half, their patience was rewarded, with Robin Van Persie controlling a loose ball in the box before passing it to Wesley Sneijder, who smashed it into the back of the net, despite the keeper trying to palm it away. (Getty Images)
Dutch edge past combative Japan
Havin grabbed the lead, the Dutch were content to soak up a spell of Japanese pressure, with Yoshito Okubo creating some excellent chances. (Getty Images)
Dutch edge past combative Japan
As the whistle blew, the Oranje celebrated an ultimately comfortable victory, as a trip to face Cameroon in Cape Town beckoned. (Getty Images)