Johannesberg: The Netherlands managed to grind out a 2-0 win over Denmark on Monday despite failing to live up to its billing as one of the most dangerous attacking teams at the World Cup.
The Dutch took the lead in the 46th when Denmark defender Simon Poulsen headed a ball off the back of team mate Daniel Agger and into the net. Poulsen had been trying to clear a cross from Robin van Persie.
Dirk Kuyt doubled the lead in the 85th when he tapped in a rebound off the post from close range.
Denmark had frustrated the Dutch until the own goal with a compact midfield, and the Netherlands never came close to the free-flowing, high-scoring type of play their fans have become accustomed to, despite several other chances.(AP)