June 11, 2013



0 - 2



12:00 +00:00, June 11, 2013

Beijing Workers' Stadium

Referee: Chris Beath

Dutch ease to victory

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Netherlands strolled to a comfortable win against ten-man China in their second of two Far East friendlies.

Captain Robin van Persie's early penalty and a delicious second goal by his predecessor Wesley Sneijder were enough for the Dutch to follow up their win over Indonesia with another.

China were unsurprisingly outplayed by the world's fifth-ranked team but did not disgrace themselves, particularly as they played almost 80 minutes a man down following Qin Sheng's dismissal.

Netherlands' players had their names written in Chinese on their shirts as the KNVB embraced the occasion in Beijing, but the team were in no mood for charity and, after Zheng Zhi headed over for China, the visitors took the lead in the 11th minute.

Jeremain Lens cut the ball back to Arjen Robben, who was taken down in the penalty area by Zhang Linpeng and Van Persie powerfully converted the spot-kick, sending goalkeeper Zeng Cheng the wrong way.

Things quickly went from bad to worse for China as Qin's eighth international appearance ended in the 13th minute, the midfielder dismissed for a studs-up lunge at Jonathan De Guzman.

Netherlands could have had further goals in the opening half-hour, Robben firing into the side-netting before Van Persie glanced Lens' superb cross wide when he should have scored.

Zhang then atoned for his earlier error by preventing Van Persie's pass reaching Robben to thwart a two-on-one break.

China's last opportunity before the interval was wasted by Zheng's woeful free-kick and the first half ended with no addition to the score.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal sent on Sneijder among three substitutions and his side started the second half on the attack, Robben almost immediately hitting the bar.

Sneijder and Lens shot wide and Van Persie saw one effort saved by Zeng before sending another over the top from close range.

Zeng then thwarted Lens, who was hesitant in a one-on-one.

China almost grabbed a shock equaliser when Yu Hanchao's low shot, following neat build-up play, went through Erik Pieters' legs and squirmed under keeper Michel Vorm's hand but the Swansea man recovered to claw it away from the line.

Sneijder made it 2-0, though, with a deft backheeled finish after combining with Van Persie and Robben to create the chance. Another substitute, Dirk Kuyt, threatened with his first touch but his weak shot was saved by Zeng.

There was no addition to the score but Feng Xiaoting escaped conceding a penalty after losing possession and tangling with Kuyt, who appeared to unbalance himself by accidentally kicking the defender's leg.

Scoring Summary

China Netherlands
 Robin Van Persie (pen 12')
 Wesley Sneijder (66')


China Netherlands
Zeng ChengMichel Vorm
Xiang SunJohn Heitinga
Xiaoting FengDwight Tiendalli
Linpeng ZhangMiguel Nelom
10 Zheng ZhiRon Vlaar
Xuri ZhaoJonathan De Guzman
21 Hai Yu10 Siem De Jong
2 Li XuepengJens Toornstra
11 Sheng Qin11 Arjen Robben
18 Lin GaoRobin Van Persie
13 Ke SunJeremain Lens
23 Dalei WangKenneth Vermeer 22
12 Xiaofeng GengJasper Cillessen 23
24 Zheng LangJanmaat 12
16 Zheng ZhengErik Pieters 15
Zhao PengWesley Sneijder 20
19 Yun ZhouLerin Duarte 18
15 Shanping YangDirk Kuyt 21
8 Yongpo WangRuben Schaken 17
20 Hanchao YuRicky van Wolfswinkel 19
26 Lei Wu 
25 Zhipeng Jiang 
22 Yu Dabao 
9 Xu Yang 
Hanchao Yu for Zheng Zhi (57)
Wesley Sneijder for Jens Toornstra (46)
Zheng Zheng for Xiang Sun (57)
Erik Pieters for Miguel Nelom (47)
Yu Dabao for Lin Gao (71)
Janmaat for Dwight Tiendalli (47)
Yun Zhou for Li Xuepeng (71)
Dirk Kuyt for Siem De Jong (70)
Zheng Lang for Hai Yu (83)
Ruben Schaken for Jeremain Lens (70)
Lei Wu for Ke Sun (86)
Yellow Cards
Linpeng Zhang (10)
Li Xuepeng (27)
Red Cards
Sheng Qin (13)
· Squads: China | Netherlands