Holland became the second side to qualify from the group stages with maximum points but this is no Argentina. This was another efficient if unspectacular performance against a Cameroon side playing only for pride.
Robin Van Persie got his first goal of the World Cup, firing between an advancing keeper’s legs after a well-worked one-two with Rafael Van Der Vaart.
Samuel Eto’o pulled one back after 65 minutes, slotting home a penalty after Van Der Vaart had blocked a Geremi free kick with his arm.
Finally approaching full fitness after hamstring trouble, Arjen Robben came on for the final 15 minutes and had the desired impact, cutting in onto his left and smashing a trademark drive against the post. Substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar made the points safe from the rebound.
The Netherlands now face Slovakia in the second round. Cameroon head home with rebuilding work to do: at 29 Samuel Eto’o may have played in his last World Cup, and coach Paul Le Guen resigned after the game.