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World Cup 2010 Group E result - Holland 2-0 Denmark

Holland win their opening Group E clash (credit: globovision)

As expected Holland opened up their 2010 World Cup campaign with a win over Denmark, but they were pushed all the way by the Danes.

The result saw the Netherlands shortened to win the World Cup, available at the final whistle at a best price 17/2 with bodog.

The Dutch enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half but found themselves unable to play their usual slick, fast style of football as a well-organised Denmark side effectively closed them down across the pitch.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner had the best chance of the first 45 minutes when he headed wide from eight yards out, although the Dane will have been disappointed not to have least got his attempt on target.

The second half was a different story, as within 40 seconds from kick-off, Robin van Persie's cross was met by Denmark defender Simon Poulson, whose headed clearance came off the back of team-mate Daniel Agger and into his own net to give the Dutch the lead.

It was a bizarre own goal, with Poulson under no pressure when the ball came to him and seemingly with time to head the ball behind for a corner rather than into the path of Agger.

The goal opened the game up, with Denmark having more urgency about them going forward, and Holland looking for a second goal as Rafael van der Vaart and Van Persie both created chances.

Bendtner, who was an injury doubt going into the game, was taken off after an hour, as the Danes continued to look for an equaliser.

But as the game went on, Denmark struggled for ideas, and Holland's hard work was rewarded with a second goal late in the game as Dirk Kuyt made it 2-0 after 85 minutes.

Denmark are now out to 250/1 with Blue Square to achieve an unlikely World Cup victory.

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World Cup 2010 Group E result - Holland 2-0 Denmark

As expected Holland opened up their 2010 World Cup campaign with a win over Denmark, but they were pushed all the way by the Danes.

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