Netherlands 3-0 Japan: Orange Dominate

Van Persiee The Netherlands comfortably won their friendly match against Japan this afternoon with a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

Former Real Madrid duo, Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, now at either Milan club, were among the scorers as the Oranje took control of the scoring with 20 minutes to go.

The win was thanks, in no small part, to the interventions of the substitute, Eljero Elia. Arsenal’s Robin van Persie also got himself on the scoresheet, giving his side the lead.

However, the Dutch may have to do without Inter’s Sneijder for their clash against Scotland on Wednesday as he was withdrawn with an ankle injury and left the stadium on crutches.

Both sides have already confirmed their place at next summer’s World Cup finals and it was the AFC representatives who started the brighter.

Shunsuke Nakamura, Keiji Tamada and Shinji Okazaki were all close to opening the scoring in the first quarter.

The Dutch were not to pleased with their own efforts in the early part of the game, with the captain, Giovanni van Bronckhorst admitting, “We didn’t made a good start. We lost a lot of possession and made a lot of mistakes, but we came back a better side in the second.”

The Japanese continued to press after the break though, with Yuto Nagamoto seeing his shot curl narrowly off target on 50 minutes. Substitute goalkeeper, Piet Velthuizen, was then on hand to prevent Nakamura from grabbing the go ahead goal.

With the introduction of Hamburg’s Elia though, the pendulum swung in the hosts’ direction. The winger forced a corner before prompting the opener for van Persie.

The Arsenal forward took control of the ball in the 69th minute inside the Japan area before netting.

Demy de Zeeuw then provided the key-pass for Sneijder to double the Dutch side’s money five minutes after.

Huntelaar grabbed a late third following an Elia cross with four minutes to go; that was after Sneijder had been forced off with a ankle complaint, initially thought to have been a knee problem.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on September 5, 2009.

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