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Ominous Arjen

Robben’s explosive World Cup start

After a fine display against Slovakia, Arjen Robben allowed himself a relaxing evening with his family. “My parents and my wife were watching from the stands, which was great. And knowing you’ve made a decisive contribution for the team is a good feeling,” the Dutch dribbler said after his country’s 2-1 victory in the World Cup Round of 16 clash, Robben’s first start at the finals following a hamstring injury. It was a good start too: he was promptly named Man of the Match.

In another trademark finish, highly reminiscent of many of his 16 Bundesliga goals for Bayern, Robben ruthlessly put away his first major chance after 18 minutes. The 26-year-odl sprinted down the right flank, cut inside past three bewildered Slovakia defenders, and blasted home at the near post with his favoured left peg. “I’ve scored a few times for Bayern like that, it’s true. It was a good shot,” Robben stated with a grin.

Constant threat

Robben, Bayern’s top scorer last term with 23 goals in all competitions, “isn’t yet the player of old,” Bondscoach Bert van Marwijk mused. “It was important he played 70 minutes today. He contributed lots of pace and creativity,” the Dutch coach continued.