FRIENDLY: Dutch struggle to defeat Indonesia

INDONESIA 0

NETHERLANDS 3 (de Jong 57, 67, Robben 90)

The Oranje began their tour of Asia with a 3-0 win over Indonesia in a packed stadium in Jakarta.

It was a lethargic start for Louis van Gaal’s side whom picked their game up in the second half to earn a 3-0 victory with Siem de Jong bagging two of the goals.

The Dutch almost got off to a perfect start in their first attack but Wesley Sneijder was deemed offside after finding the net.

Having survived that initial scare, the hard-working Indonesia settled in nicely. They kept the dangerous Dutch attack out from creating opportunities. The hosts’ goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga, kept Holland at bay with every first-half chance that was generated got handled with relative ease.

Jeremain Lens suffered an early injury and was replaced

The Dutch were hampered with the injury of PSV’s Jeremain Lens. The wide striker picked up a knock and was replaced by Arjen Robben after just 14 minutes. He is a doubt for the next friendly against China.

Van Gaal modified the team at half-time which included the exit of Van Persie, which seemed to spark the favourites and in turn, his team finally grabbed the lead just before the hour.

In the 57th minute a De Jong header from the goal after some excellent work from Feyenoord’s Ruben Schaken. The winger did well to track down a loose ball and delivered a pinpoint cross, which de Jong directed back across goal and Meiga was unable to stop it. This was the Ajax man’s first international goal for Oranje.

De Jong grabbed his second goal ten minutes later finishing a lovely move by the Dutch. The impressive Robben sent it a curling cross and Schaken flicked onto De Jong to head home again.

Robben added a third in the final minute before injury time to make the scoreline look a lot like the display that was except from the Netherlands. That being said, apart from the Lens injury, the Oranje will be happy to take their victory onto China for the next leg of the Asian tour.

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