Cameroon 1-2 Netherlands

The Netherlands cruised into the last 16 of South Africa 2010 with a routine victory over Cameroon.

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The three points means their coach Bert Van Marwijk has now recorded 11 consecutive wins in charge of the Dutch, who will face Slovakia in the next round.

They got off to an excellent start when Robin van Persie put them ahead in the 36th minute.

But Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o levelled the score from the penalty spot with a deserved equaliser for Cameroon.

Yet there was another twist in this match when Netherlands' substitute Arjen Robben hit the post and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar swept home the rebound.

The game was expected to be the decider as to who would end up topping Group E. But while the Netherlands have excelled in South Africa, Cameroon have struggled.

The Dutch cruised to victory over Denmark while there was a degree of good fortune to their win over Japan.

Nevertheless, coach van Marwijk had the luxury of knowing his side would qualify for the knockout stages of the competition before kick-off.

Cameroon, on the other hand were looking to give a decent performance after a poor tournament.

Going into this match, their manager Paul Le Guen had seen his position called into question following four straight defeats.

But to their credit The Indomitable Lions started well with plenty of possession and half-chances.

Yet it did not take long for the Dutch side to start flexing their muscles as van Persie broke free in the 19th minute only to slam his shot straight at goalkeeper Souleymanou Hamidou.

The Cameroon keeper was then called upon in the 26th minute to save Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick.

But the pressure finally told 10 minutes later when van Persie scored his first goal in South Africa 2010.

The Arsenal striker kept a cool head with a finish through Hamidou's legs to complete an excellent move involving Dirk Kuyt and van der Vaart.

Cameroon started the second-half well with Eto'o and Jean Makoun going close before they were handed a way back into the match when van der Vaart handled Geremi's free-kick.

And Eto'o made no mistake from 12-yards in the 65th minute for his 44th international goal.

As the match progressed, it was Cameroon who looked the likeliest to snatch a win, but substitute Huntelaar capitalised on Robben's shot with a neat finish with six minutes remaining.

Cameroon (4-4-2): Hamidou; Geremi, M'bia, N'Koulou (R Song 74), Assou-Ekotto; Makoun, Chedjou, N'Guemo, Bong (Aboubakar 56); Eto'o, Choupo-Moting (Idrissou 72).
Subs (not used): Kameni, Ndy Assembe, Bassong, A Song, Matip, Emana, Webo.

Netherlands (4-5-1): Stekelenburg; Boulahrouz, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst; Kuyt (Elia 66), Van Bommel, Sneijder, De Jong, Van der Vaart (Robben 73); Van Persie (Huntelaar 59).
Subs (not used): Vorm, Boschker, Van Der Wiel, Ooijer, Braafheid, De Zeeuw, Schaars, Afellay, Babel.

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