Day 19, Match 1
Netherlands vs. Slovakia, Round of 16
Date and location
Monday, June 28, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (9:30 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.
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What's at stake
A spot in the quarter-finals in a match against the winner of Brazil-Chile.
Player to watch for the Netherlands
Arjen Robben — The Dutch winger made a successful comeback from a hamstring injury the last time out, playing 20 effective minutes as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 win over Cameroon. It'll be interesting to see what kind of influence he can exert as a starter, provided he gets the nod from coach Bert van Marwijk.
Player to watch for Slovakia
Robert Vittek — Vittek had a breakout game against Italy, scoring two goals to send the Azzurri crashing out of the tournament in the first round. He has stepped up in a big way for his country, while headline midfielder Marek Hamsik has toiled in virtual anonymity.
Nigel de Jong vs. Marek Hamsik — Both are strong and physical midfielders who bring a touch of creative class to their game. But while de Jong has dominated the Dutch midfield at this tournament, Hamsik has looked ordinary. Can he get the better of the Dutchman or will de Jong shut him down?
The Dutch perspective
"Slovakia have earned everyone's respect and, in our dressing room, there is no way we will be underestimating anyone. We made it clear at the start that we would be taking this tournament one challenge at a time, and now we will focus on Slovakia and Slovakia alone." — Arjen Robben, winger
The Slovakian perspective
"We have nothing to lose. We came here as outsiders, as newcomers, and we wanted to surprise. We have already surprised once and we hope we can do the same again against Holland, but they are one of the favourites." — Robert Vittek, forward
World Cup head-to-head
These teams have never met at the World Cup, but the Dutch did lose 3-0 to Czechoslovakia in the first round of the 1938 World Cup in France.