Dutch out to make WCup mark even without Robben

Even without injured Arjen Robben – the last player to arrive at

the World Cup – the Dutch will seek to underline their potential to

win football’s biggest prize for the first time by kicking off with

an impressive victory over Denmark.

The two teams who won their qualifying groups with a combined

one defeat in 18 games go head-to-head at Soccer City on Monday

with both trying to show they can make an impact on the first World

Cup on African soil, despite the expected absence of key


Robben is definitely out with a hamstring injury and Denmark

striker Nicklas Bendtner is likely to be missing with a groin


While the Danes are realistically out to reach the last eight,

two-time runners-up Netherlands is aiming higher.