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Netherlands bounce back with Slovakia scalp

Published: Wednesday 30 May 2012, 23.59CET
Netherlands 2-0 Slovakia
The Oranje responded to Saturday's friendly defeat against Bulgaria by comfortably downing Slovakia in Rotterdam.
by Berend Scholten
Netherlands bounce back with Slovakia scalp
Rafael van der Vaart enjoys scoring the Netherlands' second against Slovakia ©AFP

Match statistics

NetherlandsSlovakia

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
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Published: Wednesday 30 May 2012, 23.59CET

Netherlands bounce back with Slovakia scalp

Netherlands 2-0 Slovakia
The Oranje responded to Saturday's friendly defeat against Bulgaria by comfortably downing Slovakia in Rotterdam.

The Netherlands bounced back from Saturday's friendly defeat against Bulgaria by sweeping Slovakia aside and registering a morale-boosting victory in Rotterdam.

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk shuffled his pack and the changes made an early impact as visiting defender Kornel Saláta turned into his own net after home pressure. Chances came and went for the Dutch before substitute Rafael van der Vaart wrapped it up with fifteen minutes to go. The Oranje contest their final warm-up game against Northern Ireland on Saturday before heading out for UEFA EURO 2012.

Joris Mathijsen left his coach with worries over his fitness after suffering a muscle injury against Bulgaria at the weekend, and his replacement fared little better. Wilfred Bouma clashed heads with John Heitinga just minutes in and though the PSV Eindhoven man lasted to the interval he was sent to hospital for a scan, providing more problems for Van Marwijk.

Ibrahim Afellay was handed a start and did not take long to impress. Good movement from the FC Barcelona forward opened space on the left and his teasing cross was turned in by the unfortunate Saláta after eight minutes.

Robin van Persie, employed in a central position after his adventure on the flank at the weekend, worked well with Afellay and Arjen Robben as Slovakia were dragged all over the field but openings were not taken.

There were more frowns among Dutch fans after the interval as Wesley Sneijder departed with a knock to his ankle, though his replacement grabbed the chance to impress. Van der Vaart first rattled the crossbar from a free-kick before rifling in a diagonal shot after fine work from fellow replacement Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

 
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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
2
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
2
ČechMarek Čech
Substitution76
3
BoumaWilfred Bouma
Substitution46
3
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
4
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
4
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
5
Van BommelMark van Bommel
5
SalátaKornel Saláta
Goal8
6
N. de JongNigel de Jong
6
GuédéKarim Guédé
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution46
7
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution84
7
ŠventoDušan Švento
8
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution51
8
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
9
SchaarsStijn Schaars
9
BreznaníkMichal Breznaník
Substitution46
10
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution68
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
Yellow Card70
Substitution81
11
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution80
11
BakosLukás Bakos
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
VlaarRon Vlaar
Substitution46
12
KóňaTomáš Kóňa
Substitution46
13
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution51
Goal75
13
ProcházkaRoman Procházka
Substitution46
14
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution68
14
GuldanĽubomír Guldan
Substitution76
15
KuytDirk Kuyt
Substitution80
15
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution78
16
NarsinghLuciano Narsingh
Substitution84
16
KopúnekKamil Kopúnek
Substitution81

Coach

Bert van Marwijk (NED) Michal Hipp (SVK)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)

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