Van Marwijk enjoys opening win

Head coach Bert Van Marwijk was content with his Netherlands side's performance in their 2-0 win over Denmark in their opening game of the World Cup finals in South Africa.

An own goal and a clincher from Dirk Kuyt five minutes from time gave the Oranje a fine start to their Group E campaign.

Van Marwijk said:"I've been thinking about this first game for a long, long time.

"I've always said that this was the most important match, because a good beginning to a world championship is so important.

"It's always a tough match. Today, as you could see, there was a bit of tension with the players. It was difficult, but we won, which is the most important thing.

"Beforehand, I think we were the favourites, so you know you're going to face a very defensive opponent.

"That means that in your build-up you cannot afford to make many mistakes. But we played well, we didn't give away too many opportunities and all the players should be complimented for that.

"I think we made a reasonably good impression and that we never panicked, not for one moment.

"In the end, we are really pleased with this win."

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