Netherlands Make it to World Cup Quarterfinals

By ANDREW DAMPF
|  Monday, Jun 28, 2010  |  Updated 6:16 PM CDT
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Netherlands Make it to World Cup Quarterfinals

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28: Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt, John Heitinga and Mark Van Bommel of the Netherlands celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)

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The Netherlands reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup when standouts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder scored in each half of a 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Monday. The Oranje went ahead in the 18th minute when Robben cut inside from the right wing and found the net with a low, precise shot from 20 yards.

Sneijder doubled the lead into an empty net in the 84th after a gamble by Slovak goalkeeper Jan Mucha backfired. Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg preserved the win with two key saves in the 67th and the Dutch extended their team-record unbeaten streak to 23 games. Robert Vittek scored on a last-second penalty kick for Slovakia. In the quarterfinals, the Netherlands, which never has won a World Cup, will face either five-time champion Brazil or Chile, who play later.

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