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Robben scare as Oranje impress

Published: Saturday 5 June 2010, 16.51CET
Netherlands 6-1 Hungary
Bert van Marwijk's side were comfortable winners after falling behind early on, though two-goal Arjen Robben limped off injured towards the end.
Robben scare as Oranje impress
Arjen Robben winces in pain after injuring his left hamstring ©AFP
Published: Saturday 5 June 2010, 16.51CET

Robben scare as Oranje impress

Netherlands 6-1 Hungary
Bert van Marwijk's side were comfortable winners after falling behind early on, though two-goal Arjen Robben limped off injured towards the end.

Netherlands 6-1 Hungary
The Netherlands continued their impressive FIFA World Cup preparations with a commanding victory over Hungary, but coach Bert van Marwijk will have been concerned to see winger Arjen Robben limp off towards the end.

Following on from their defeats of Ghana, the United States and Mexico, the Oranje made a slow start at the Amsterdam ArenaA as PSV Eindhoven's Balázs Dzsudzsák picked up the ball on the right, cut inside and fired past Maarten Stekelenburg. That merely stirred them into life, however, and with 21 minutes gone Robin van Persie curled in from the edge of the area after being fed by Dirk Kuyt.

Van Marwijk's men went ahead shortly after the break when Giovanni van Bronckhorst set up Wesley Sneijder. Van Bronckhorst then fed Robben, who increased the lead from close range, with Mark van Bommel unleashing a low drive and Eljero Elia hitting an excellent solo effort before Robben rounded off the scoring with a left-footed strike into the top corner.

The FC Bayern München player nonetheless ended the game on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury with five minutes remaining, preventing him from flying to South Africa with the rest of his team-mates on Saturday evening. The 26-year-old will undergo a scan on Sunday to ascertain the full extent of the problem.

Van Marwijk said: "We now have to wait. I can replace Robben until 24 hours before our opening match [against Denmark on 14 June] but as long as there is hope he recovers in time he will stay in the squad."

Last updated: 07/06/10 0.34CET

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