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International Friendly: Indonesia 0 Netherlands 3

By Football News



Netherlands extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine with a comfortable 3-0 win over Indonesia in Jakarta on Friday.

Louis van Gaal's side had conceded just twice in their previous five fixtures coming into the friendly and Indonesia rarely looked like adding to this figure as the visitors enjoyed long spells of possession throughout the game, although it took until the second half for the floodgates to open.

The visitors named a strong side for the first of their two friendlies in the Far East, with the likes of Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Jonathan de Guzman all starting.

It was perhaps a sign of things to come when the Dutch had a goal ruled out for offside after just a minute, when captain Van Persie's saved header was turned in by an offside Sneijder.

It was the Manchester United forward who proved to be the main threat for the visitors, hitting the side netting after five minutes and again 11 minutes later.

He also flashed a free-kick just wide after 32 minutes with Indonesia's best effort coming just minutes later through Greg Nwokolo.

The forward was set clear before eventually being caught and tackled well by Erik Pieters.

After 37 minutes, Van Persie was again played through, this time by substitute Arjen Robben, but could only strike over, before Sneijder smashed an effort over the bar just before half-time.

It took just 12 minutes of the second half for the Netherlands to take the lead, with the ever dangerous Ruben Schaken crossing for the substitute Siem De Jong to head home.

Ten minutes later, the Ajax midfielder made it two, again with his head, nodding home a corner which had somehow bobbled its way through the home defense.

The game finished with a goal, as Robben made it 3-0 in the last minute, cutting inside two defenders to fire past Kernia Meiga into the roof of the net.