Online sports gambling fans have taken notice of the outstanding start of the Netherlands as they scored back to back World Cup football betting payouts in the group stage.
The Netherlands opened with a 2-0 win over Denmark in Group E and followed that up with a 1-0 win over Japan to gain the inside track towards making the Group of 16.
Wesley Sneijder scored the only goal of the game for the Netherlands in their win over Japan in the 53rd minute of play as the team had to be patient and persistent against a tenacious defense.
The Dutch had spent most of the match up to that point in growing frustration as they were unable to mount an effective attack. It was Sneijder’s 15th goal in 63 caps for the Netherlands.
The Netherlands entered FIFA World Cup action as a team known for being one of the most creative offensively but Japan cut into that creativity. Japan launched their own aggressive counter attack after allowing the goal but failed to deliver.
The Netherlands is no stranger to World Cup success as they reached the final in both 1974 and 1978 but lost both times. Including qualifying matches the Netherlands has now put together a 10 game winning streak. The Netherlands was in first place in Group E as they were ahead of Cameroon and Denmark.
Sneijder plays for Inter Milan professionally and is the main striker for the Netherlands. He is known as one of the elite passers in the game and has a remarkable ability to control the pace of any match that he is involved with.
One of the most appealing aspects of Sneijder is that he has shown determination to always improve regardless of how well he or the team plays. Sneijder has said that depth could be a key asset for the Netherlands and that they are a united group that believes in the team concept.
“On the bench we have some fantastic players who can come in and really make a difference,” said Sneijder. “They have creativity and good ability.”
The Netherlands will close out the group stage on June 24 against Cameroon.