Another easy day for Nigel de Jong, who played well enough in Holland's 1-0 defeat of Japan. It was a game very similar to the Dutch defeat of Denmark, as Japan defended in numbers and limited the space Holland had to play in. And like the Denmark game, it turned on a mistake, as Wesley Sneijder's shot was palmed into the net.
Given Japan's counter-attacking style, there was not much play for de Jong to break down but he made most of his tackles, and did so without risking ending anyone's career, which made a nice change. He could well be rested for Demy de Zeeuw or Stijn Schaars against Cameroon but will have a tougher job to do in the Last 16.