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Holland Beat Wales Comfortably

Goals in each half from Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens saw the Netherlands to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Wales in an international friendly at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday night.

The opening 45 minutes was a half dominated by Netherlands as they controlled the midfield battle and dominated the possession stakes.

The Dutch side created their first chance as early as the second minute when Daryl Janmaat fired a shot from the right side of the box narrowly wide of the target.

A minute later Daley Blind played Robin van Persie into some space on the edge of the box, but he saw his shot well-saved by the keeper.

In the ninth minute Robben also came close to breaking the deadlock when he beat a couple of defenders before seeing his 20-yard shot skim the wrong side of the post.

Finally, just after the half hour mark, Holland made their pressure tell when Robben produced a clinical finish from roughly 16-yards out to give his side the lead, 1-0.

In the 41st minute Van Persie came close to finding Holland’s second, but his shot from just inside the box went inches wide of the post.

Wales were virtually a non-existent threat in attack during the first half which ended 1-0 in favour of Holland.

The second half was not as fluid an affair as the first and was continuously disrupted by substitutions which resulted in chances on goal being few and far between.

The first attempt on goal in the second half only came in the 67th minute when Jermaine Easter unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box, but saw his effort well-saved.

Holland wrapped up the victory ten minutes later when Lens doubled his side’s lead from six-yards out after turning home a Robben cross, 2-0.


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