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Netherlands too strong for ten-man China

Published: Tuesday 11 June 2013, 17.03CET
China 0-2 Netherlands 
Robin van Persie's early penalty and a lovely Wesley Sneijder goal earned victory in Beijing against a China side down to ten men for over 75 minutes.
by Berend Scholten
Netherlands too strong for ten-man China
Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder struck for the Netherlands ©Getty Images

Published: Tuesday 11 June 2013, 17.03CET

Netherlands too strong for ten-man China

China 0-2 Netherlands 
Robin van Persie's early penalty and a lovely Wesley Sneijder goal earned victory in Beijing against a China side down to ten men for over 75 minutes.

The Netherlands rounded off their trip to Asia with a second win in as many games as goals from Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder earned a 2-0 triumph over ten-man China in Beijing.

The Oranje were destined for victory from the moment Van Persie converted from the spot on 11 minutes after Zhang Linpeng had brought down Arjen Robben. It swiftly went from bad to worse for the hosts when Qin Sheng was sent off and substitute Sneijder sealed matters midway through the second period with a canny piece of footwork.

Sneijder had come on at the interval having initially been rested as Louis van Gaal experimented with his lineup. The Netherlands were already on top, their ascendancy not reflected on the scoreboard as Van Persie and Robben squandered good chances. The introduction of Sneijder further tipped the balance in the Oranje's favour.

Van Persie hit a post and Robben the crossbar before Sneijder finally earned breathing space, back-heeling in Robben's cross. That was how it ended, adding to Friday's 3-0 win against Indonesia.

Last updated: 11/06/13 17.36CET

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