Oranje too strong for Ghana
Wednesday 02 June 2010
The Dutch national team have won
their second practice match of the World Cup preparation
campaign. In Rotterdam they beat Ghana 4-1. Through
some stretches of the game the team showed some great
football. Except for one moment there was no trouble
|Robin van Persie
Holland took the lead after half
an hour. Kuyt hit the net from close range after Ghana
keeper Richard Kingson s unable to control a shot by
Robin van Persie. The goal was preceded by some excellent
combination play by Van Persie and Wesley Sneijder.
Holland were stronger than Ghana
- competing in South Africa as well - from the start.
Wesley Sneijder saw a distant shot being blocked en
put the ball just beside the wrong side of the post
from a bit closer. Ghana, with former Dutch youth international
Quincy, had very little to put against it.
Holland manager Bert van Marwijk
had a few surprises concerning his lineup. It wasn't
Rafael van der Vaart who replaced the slightly injured
Arjen Robben, but PSV's Ibrahim Afellay, who was rewarded
for his good performance in the friendly against Mexico
"Ibrahim often makes good
use of the space that Robin van Persie leaves,"
Van Marwijk explained his choice. "Besides I'm
trying out several things. Afellay has been overlooked
by many, but not by me."
Now the Ghana game isn't the right
moment to draw any conclusions. Both teams have been
training intensively over the past few days, and the
Netherlands arrived from the training camp in Austria
on match day.
Maarten Stekelenburg, the first
choice goal keeper was rested. The first half was for
Utrecht stopper Michel Vorm and after the break Sander
Boschker of FC Twente made his international debut,
at almost 40 years...
After an hour Van der Vaart got
his chance tot show himself. And he did so straight
away by scoring Holland's second goal, nine minutes
after he came on. It was a lovely goal with some swift
footwork in midfield by Sneijder and a love arched throughball
by Van Bommel.
Shortly after Asamoah Gyan was
allowed to pull one back when defenders Mathijsen and
Van Bronckhorst were looking at each other but neither
cleared the ball.
Holland still managed to paint
the end result in a nice color. Wesley Sneijder volleyed
home a long corner from just outside the box after which
Van Persie converted a lightly given penalty.