February 29, 2012



2 - 3



20:00 +00:00, February 29, 2012


Referee: Dr. Felix Brych

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    ENGLAND 2-3 NETHERLANDS: Just the five goals in the last 33 minutes of the game! A very entertaining spectacle in the end. Robben deservedly the match-winner as he always looked Netherlands' most devastating player. England's brave two-goal fightback was in the end in vain.

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    It's all over...

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    Van Bommel strikes one, but it's dragged wide.

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    Netherlands still streaming forward, looking for a fourth.

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    What an ending!

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    ENGLAND 2-3 NETHERLANDS: Van Bommel cushions the ball to Robben and he cuts inside Baines and his shot takes a big deflection off Cahill.

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    GOAL Robben.

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    But not Pearce-esque defending...

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    ENGLAND 2-2 NETHERLANDS:Jones passes it to Young and he lifts the ball deliciously over Stekelenburg. England showing Pearce-esque spirit.

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    GOAL Young.

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    Sturridge was named the sponsors' man of the match - he didn't really do that much to impress, but at least he didn't look overawed by playing at Wembley.

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    John Brewin on Twitter: What was Gary Cahill doing there? Oh, he was offside. Good finish, though. Martin O'Neill said he can do everything but defend. Point proved

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    Walcott on for Sturridge.

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    Kuyt strikes one from 25 yards after being teed up by Robben. Hart spilled it but there was no-one there to convert the rebound.

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    Sturridge looks to be carryng a knock, he seems in some discomfort.

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    Luuk De Jong peels away at the back post but is pulled up for pulling Richards as he tried to get a shot away.

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    Looking at the replay he was a mile offside!

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    ENGLAND 1-2 NETHERLANDS: Cahill stayed forward and was fed by Baines. The Chelsea centre-back took a great first touch to open up space and then finished under Stekelenburg's body.

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    GOAL Cahill

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    Cahill with a surprising turn of pace and he's won himself a free-kick. Clearly the Netherlands midfield were as shocked as me.

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    Arjen Robben celebrates with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after firing Netherlands into the lead

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    Vlaar on for Boulharouz

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    Netherlands striding forward now with Kuyt down the right. Baines blocks off his attempted cross.

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    Downing has worked pretty hard since he has come on but his crosses just haven't quite hit the mark yet.

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    Campbell on for Welbeck.

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    Parker slips on the ball and gives Emmenuelson the chance to run goalwards. He releases Robben but after initially being beaten for pace, Jones forces the Dutchman out.

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    Fraizer Campbell set for his England debut.

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    Welbeck fails to keep the ball from going out for a goal-kick. It's been a frustrating night for the young Man Utd striker. He hasn't had too much to feed on.

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    Urby Emmanuelson on for Sneijder.

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    Young released by Parker but he's just strayed offside.

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    Stats: Stuart Pearce in illustrious company - he is the first England manager to see two goals conceded in his first match since Howard Wilkinson against France in 1999.

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    Mathijsen penalised for a foul on Sturridge.

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    Baines fires the ball across goal and Sturridge fluffs his lines at the back post. Scuffed finish from a position he has proved adept at scoring from for Chelsea this season.

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    Sturridge with another positive run, but Schaars shows great stength to shepherd him out of play.

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    Welbeck breaks for England but Ashley Young's attempted flick back to him was ill-timed again.

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    Sneijder's delivery allowed to bounce inside the six-yard box and a real escape for the hosts.

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    New player facing Robben, same result. He skins Jones with ease but fortunately for England, Richards was in position to block the shot. Corner.

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    England losing their way a bit now, I guess that's what two goals in a minute does to your confidence.

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    And another misplaced pass, this time from Milner.

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    Shockingly bad pass from Ashley Young with no-one to pressure him.

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    Just looking at the Robben goal again, that boy has got some serious pace.

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    Jones playing right-back for England now, Richards into the middle.

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    Downing on for Johnson.

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    Luuk De Jong on for Huntelaar.

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    John Brewin on Twitter: I have rarely seen a goal less celebrated. Much concern for Smalling and Huntelaar. Both were very brave.

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    Jones on for Smalling.

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    Smalling off on a stretcher, applauded by the Wembley crowd. He doesn't look in a good way.

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    Huntelaar off down the tunnel bleeding profusely from his nose.

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    England stunned then by two quick goals. England 0-2 Netherlands was the score when the sides met in 2001 - Mark van Bommel and Ruud Van Nistelrooy netted.

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    Jones getting ready to come on for England. Huntelaar is up but Smalling is still flat out. He's talking to the physio at least.

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    A really nasty collision between Huntelaar and Smalling as the goal was scored. The Dutch striker followed through with his head straight into Smalling's head. Lots of blood and Huntelaar was left with a mouthful of grass. Both men still down at present.

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    ENGLAND 0-2 NETHERLANDS: Kuyt crosses in and Huntelaar with an excellent header. Two goals in a minute.

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    GOAL Huntelaar heads it home.

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    ENGLAND 0-1 NETHERLANDS: Robben just turned on the burners from well inside his own half. Ran a good 60/70 yards before firing a low shot past Hart. Really great goal and excellent movement from Huntelaar to help open up the space.

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    GOAL Robben with a stunning solo effort.

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    Johnson with some space on the left, but Kuyt chases back and makes a decent challenge.

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    Milner with a high foot on Van Bommel that looked right out of the Dutchman's own playbook.

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    Young gives the ball away and England are nearly punished by Huntelaar, who strikes a fierce effort just wide of the left-hand post from around 20 yards out.

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    De Jong fouls his Man City team-mate Adam Johnson and England take a quick free-kick.

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    Stats: Despite being substituted, Steven Gerrard played more long passes (5) than anyone else in the first half.

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    Kuyt with a handball, he's not quite enjoying the same sort of Wembley experience he managed on Sunday with Liverpool.

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    Good interchange between De Jong and Sneijder in midfield as Netherlands look to build some possession.

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    Cracking save from Stekelenburg. Sturridge engineered some space in the area with a smart dragback and the Dutch keeper got down low to palm it away.

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    Young wins a corner for England.

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    The Inter Milan playmaker given a bit of space now, though. However, his attempted through-ball to Boulahrouz is over-hit.

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    Parker shadowing Sneijder very well so far and not giving him too much space to pull the strings.

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    Richards sends Robben flying and is promptly booked.

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    And we're off...

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    Schaars on for Pieters.

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    Huntelaar on for Van Persie.

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    Arsenal fans, your football prayers have been answered.

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    Milner on for Barry.

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    The players back out at Wembley and we're nearly ready for kick-off.

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    Hearing that Gerrard's removal was down to a tight hamstring. To be fair, he did play for more than two hours against Cardiff in the Carling Cup final just three days ago.

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    Twitter comment from @-kamal_7?- ®: England youngsters doing better than my expectations. the missing link is now Wayne Rooney.

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    Stats: Scott Parker had a 97% first-half pass-completion rate, better than any other England player.

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    Danny Welbeck has not yet managed to get the better of Johnny Heitinga.

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    John Brewin at Wembley: Good first half from England, some promising link play. Welbeck needs a goal to prevent Heskey-ism. The Dutch well within themselves.

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    ENGLAND 0-0 NETHERLANDS: England's youthful side not looking too bad thus far, while Netherlands started brightly but faded as the half went on.

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    There's the half-time whistle...

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    Van Marwijk looking contemplative as Pearce gesticulates. Hoping for a Euro '96-shootout-against-Spain style celebration if England score.

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    Robben's influence has wained a bit, Netherlands need to get him on the ball and running at Richards again.

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    Young sends in a cross after a quick free-kick from Baines, but it is just too high for the jumping Richards and Smalling.

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    Kuyt doing his best impression of De Jong in the World Cup final, cleaning out Parker. The England skipper also got a microphone stand to his special place. Ouch.

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    Good link up between Welbeck and Johnson and his cross is headed out for a corner by Pieters with Sturridge lurking behind him.

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    John Brewin at Wembley: Gerrard removal a precaution. Against what, I do not know.

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    Van Persie skies one over the bar, it's really not been his night so far.

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    Barry again punished by the ref, this time for being too heavy handed with Van Persie.

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    Barry penalised for almost jumping on Robben's shoulders.

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    Sturridge with an immediate impact, a positive run down the right and he squares it into the box after getting to the by-line but Boulahrouz knocks it clear.

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    Gerrard was fairly anonymous and it would seem he may have been carrying a knock.

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    Sturridge on for Gerrard.

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    Van Bommel attempts to thread one through to Robben, but Johnson steps in.

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    Netherlands now trying to spring an attack, Van Persie wins a free-kick after being sent tumbling by Smalling. The Arsenal captain hasn't seen too much of the ball since the opening ten minutes.

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    A very bright few minutes for England.

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    No penalty and quite right, there was no contact. The ball fell to Barry, but his shot from the edge of the 18-yard box was blocked.

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    Johnson agains bursts forward, releases Richards and then Young falls to the ground with Heitinga close by.

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    Corner knocked down by Cahill to Welbeck, but the striker's shot is charged down.

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    Johnson finally sparkles into life with some smart footwork inside the area. He moves the ball onto his right and his shot is deflected of Heitinga for a corner.

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    Talking of loose, there was a very loose flick there from Welbeck.

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    Welbeck almost pounced on a loose pass back towards Stekeleburg but the Roma goalkeeper was again sharply out of the blocks and smashed the ball away.

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    Young to deliver the free-kick, but Stekelenburg comes out confidently to punch clear.

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    England now attempting to patiently build up possession, but Welbeck cut down by a no-nonsense foul from Heitinga.

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    Netherlands looking the most likely to score at the moment. But Van Persie again dispossessed, this time by Smalling.

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    Barry this time the man to make a decent challenge on Van Persie. Arsenal fans universally grimace again.

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    Richards pickpockets Robben, that'll give him a confidence boost. The Man City right-back is then cynically brought down by Van Bommel.

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    Another immense challenge from Scott Parker, this time throwing his body like a rag doll in front of Van Persie's right-footed shot. Captain fantastic.

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    Gerrard for the second time in the game finding some space in an advanced position but failing to pick out a final pass.

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    Stats: Only two players with 10 or more caps have had a lower win percentage with England than Scott Parker (50%) since his international debut. They are Jamie Carragher with 48% and Micah Richards wth 42%.

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    Robben revealed recently that he's been playing through the pain barrier. He's looking pretty good to me though.

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    And he hits his delivery straight out of play for a goal-kick. Poor.

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    Sneijder afforded loads of time to pick out a cross from the left wing.

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    Richards' first international assignment in a while does not look like it's going to be an easy one.

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    Robben causing England all sorts of problems and he's just forced Joe Hart into a very smart save from a shot on the inside left of the penalty area.

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    Parker throws himself in front of Sneijder's shot just outside the area. A very brave interception.

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    Smalling looks for Richards but passes the ball straight to Arjen Robben.

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    The always-colourful Dutch fans out in force tonight.

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    A decent bit of possession from England but Robben now accelerates clear. He lays the ball to Pieters, but the left-back's cross sails out of play.

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    A decent little spell of pressure from England after the Dutch had kept the ball better early on.

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    John Brewin at Wembley: "Parker with two sliding tackles and seemingly playing at libero. A one-man team."

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    Cahill heads just over from Young's resulting corner.

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    England have a corner and it finds Smalling at the back post, who nods down to Young. The United winger's cross is headed away for another corner.

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    Robben tracks Richards' run well on the edge of the box but then delivers a drilled back pass to Stekelenburg that the goalkeeper does well to get rid of.

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    England have Johnson on the right at present and Young on the left, looking for their wingers to cut in where possible.

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    Richards heads clear. He'll be happy to be included having featured in just 45 minutes of football during Capello's four-year reign.

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    Van Persie receiving the ball in the area this time, he looked for Kuyt and Smalling had to clear out for a corner.

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    Van Persie advances with the ball but is on the receiving end of a firm challenge from Parker.

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    Obviously they gave the ball away as soon as I made that comment!

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    The Dutch keeping possession nicely at present.

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    Leighton Baines with a cross-cum-shot from the left that lands just on top of Stekelenburg's goal.

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    Netherlands lining up with Robben on the left, Kuyt on the right.


    And we're off!


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