Van Persie brace too much for Mexico
26 May 2010
The Dutch national football team
has commenced it's preparation campaign with an easy
win over Mexico. In Germany two goals by Robin van Persie
were enough for a 2-1 victory.
For Holland manager Bert van Marwijk the game against
Mexico was the last possibility to have a look at those
players who have not yet fully convinced him. Holland's
bondscoach will have to drop four players from the current
squad of 27. In soaking wet Freiburg (Germany) Demy
de Zeeuw, Khalid Boulahrouz, Edson Braafheid, Stijn
Schaars and Ibrahim Afellay were given the opportunity
to show their coach they deserve an invitation for South
The other positions in the team were taken by players
who are certain to come along. Mark van Bommel, Arjen
Robben and Wesley Sneijder were rested, as they only
met up with the rest of the squad yesterday because
of Saturday's Champions League final, in which they
played with their clubs. Injured Ryan Babel and Ron
Vlaar also failed, as did Nigel de Jong who suffered
from a pain in his knee.
Van Marwijk will have been pleasantly
surprised by the performance of Afellay. The PSV-midfielder,
sought after by Hamburg, was involved in many offensive
moves in the opening minutes of the game. One of them
led to Rafael van der Vaart hitting the post. Shortly
after that missed chance Afellay put Van Persie in front
of the goal, but the Arsenal striker missed the target.
A few minutes later Van Persie corrected his error
when he was at the end of a Van der Vaart pass. The
former Feyenoord-player was assisted by the Mexican
defense, who were totally out of position.
Just before the half-time whistle
a nice setup by Van Persie and Afellay led to Van Persie's
second goal. He calmly volleyed home an inch perfect
cross. There was some minor injury scares in the first
half. First Van der Vaart hurt his wrist and a little
later John Heitinga stayed down on the pitch after a
collision with Alberto Medina. Both Van der Vaart and
Heitinga were able to continue.
Because of a number of substitutions on both sides
Holland lost control of the game in the second half.
Mexico were able to pull one back 15 minutes after te
break. Manchester United's new signing Javier Hernández
Balcázar was allowed to head the ball passed
Holland's poor performance in the
second half made it hard for Van Marwijk to judge those
players who have not yet convinced him, but it could
well be he had already made up his mind before the game.
It is expected he will name the last four players to
be dropped tomorrow.
| 2 - 1
| 26 May 2010, 20h00
|R. van Persie 17'
|R. van Persie 42'
||J. Hernández 75'
||G. Dos Santos67'
| M. Stekelenburg
|| G. Ochoa
| E. Braafheid
|| H. Moreno
| J. Heitinga
|| J. Torres
| J. Mathijsen
|| J. Magallón
| K. Boulahrouz
|| P. Aguilar 55'
| D. de Zeeuw
|| A. Guardado
| I. Afellay
|| G. Torrado
| R. Van der Vaart
71' E. Elia
|| I. Castro
| S. Schaars
|| A. Medina
| D. Kuyt
|| C. Blanco
| R. van Persie
64' K. Huntelaar
|| J. Hernández