Saturday May 26, 2012 Friendlies Finished Amsterdam ArenA

Netherlands 1 - 2 Bulgaria

  • van Persie 45’
  • Popov 50’ (pen.)
  • Micanski 90’

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  • Live Commentary

    • Netherlands
    • Bulgaria
    • - Plenty for the Dutch to think about as they struggled to break down a well organised and purposeful Bulgaria side. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+4' And there goes the full-time whistle! Bulgaria secure a memorable victory against a below par Dutch outfit.
    • 90+3' GOAL! HOLLAND 1-2 BULGARIA. Micanski rises to head in a cross from Manolev at the far post!
    • 90+2' Robben tries to thread the ball through but the Bulgaria defence stands firm.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 89' Bulgaria stroke it around with ease as they look to play out time.
    • 87' Kuyt's cross is caught by Cvorovic. Can Bulgaria hold on for a deserved point here?
    • 86' Robben wants a penalty after going down in the area but the ref says no. It may have been soft if given but it seemed no less of a penalty than the one Van der Vaart gave away.
    • 85' Sneijder crosses into Kuyt but the Liverpool forward was well tracked.
    • 84' De Jong makes way for Kevin Strootman.
    • 83' Robben is brought down and wins free kick for the Dutch. The Bayern Munich winger has caught the eye since coming on.
    • 82' Bulgaria break and win a throw down in the corner. It was Van der Wiel who conceded it.
    • 80' Good play by Robben who passes to van Bommel. The Milan midfielder dummies it to Sneijder who lets fly from distance, with Cvorovic holding on.
    • 78' Kuyt is booked for a tug on a Bulgaria defender.
    • 77' Popov is replaced by Alexander Tonev for Bulgaria.
    • 76' Arjen Robben gets a good reception as he replaces Huntelaar.
    • 75' There has been a confidence about Bulgaria tonight. They've been calm in possession.
    • 74' Hopeless ball forward from Schaars which prompts a few whistles of disapproval.
    • 73' Milanov fires off target as Bulgaria find some alaming gaps in the Dutch defence. This has not been a comfortable night for Holland.
    • 71' Ivanov is replaced by Valentin Ivanev, while goalkeeper Ivan Cvorovic has replaced Kolev.
    • 70' Mitsanski looks for Popov but van der Wiel makes a good sliding challenge.
    • 69' Manolev drills in a low shot across goal that has Krul scrambling as it flies just wide.
    • 68' Few would have expected this scoreline. Holland have not looked particularly like adding to Van Persie's goal.
    • 67' Schaars plays the ball forward but it's too heavy and goes out for a Bulgaria throw. Schaars is playing on the left for Holland.
    • 65' Van der Wiel plays a teasing ball across the area but no one can get on the end of it.
    • 63' Willems and Van der Vaart make way for Stijn Schaars and Dirk Kuyt.
    • 62' Huntelaar heads a left wing cross from Willems just wide for the Dutch!
    • 61' Van der Vaart makes half a yard for himself and fires in a low shot that the keeper holds.
    • 60' Dyakov is booked for a late challenge on Van der Vaart.
    • 59' Bojinov is being replaced by Iliyan Mitsanski.
    • 58' Van der Wiel's cross into the area is headed away. Delivery has not been Holland's strong point tonight.
    • 57' Nigel de Jong tries to carry the fight for Holland as he dribbles to the edge of the area.
    • 56' Ivanov clears Van Persie's dangerous cross into the area.
    • 55' Stoyanov replaces Minev for Bulgaria. That's coach Lubo Penev's first change.
    • 52' Bulgaria have not played like a side 96th in the FIFA world rankings tonight.
    • 50' That is Popov's eighth goal for his country but you have to have a bit of sympathy for Van der Vaart who surely did not intend to block that with his hand.
    • 49' GOAL! HOLLAND 1-1 BULGARIA. Popov steps up and drills the ball past Krul!
    • 48' Penalty! Van der vaart is penalised and booked for a handball in the area. It looked difficult for him to get out of the way.
    • 47' Willems weaves his way into the box with a great run but Bulgaria win it back.
    • 46' We're back up and running in the second-half. Van Persie's goal separates the teams, but Bulgaria gave a good account of themselves in the first-half.
    • 45+1' That's half-time as Van Persie's 26th international goal gives the Dutch a slightly undeserved lead at the break.
    • 44' GOAL! HOLLAND 1-0 BULGARIA. Van Persie runs onto a superbly weighted through ball from Sneijder and volleys beyond the goalkeeper to give the Dutch the lead!
    • 43' Bojinov curls the ball against the crossbar with the free-kick! It was a beautiful effort.
    • 42' Now Heitinga is booked for a cynical foul on Milanov on the edge of the Holland area.
    • 41' A terrific piece of dribbling football from Heitinga who gets to the edge of the area before losing it.
    • 40' Bulgaria's last match was a 1-1 draw with Hungary in a friendly back in February. Bojinov was on target that day.
    • 39' Lovely play from Van Persie who twists and turns down the right before crossing into the area where Huntelaar gets a weak header on the ball. Van der Vaart was better positions.
    • 38' Sneijder blasts the resulting free-kick well over the bar.
    • 38' Bodurov is booked for a studs high challenge on Sneijder.
    • 36' Huntelaar lays the ball off to Sneijder who plays it into the area but Kolev gathers.
    • 34' The service from out wide has been poor for the Dutch so far. They have really struggled to create chances up to now.
    • 33' Fine challenge on Popov from Heitinga. He had to get that right otherwise Popov would have been clear down the left.
    • 32' Popov with a late challenge on Van Persie. The Arsenal man gets up quickly.
    • 31' Van der Wiel's cross into the area is cleared by Ivanov.
    • 30' Yet another foul from Van Bommel in the middle of the park, although it looked something of a dive.
    • 29' Krul dices with death on the edge of the area, almost presenting the ball to a Bulgarian attacker.
    • 28' The Dutch are camped inside the Bulgaria half and trying to force an opening.
    • 25' Holland almost have the ball in the net as Bouma gets in at the back post and plays the ball across the area where Manolev almost puts it in his own net before the ball is cleared.
    • 23' Tough challenge by van Bommel who gives away another free kick.
    • 22' Lovely cushioned touch from van der vaart who holds off the defender before finding van Bommel.
    • 21' The Dutch are dominating possession at the moment, but Bulgaria are keeping their shape well.
    • 19' Nice trickery from Van Persie in the box but Bulgaria manage to clear his cross.
    • 18' Willems' deep cross drifts harmlessly out of play for a goal kick.
    • 17' Bojinov looks for Popov but the ball is cut out. Bulgaria have not started too badly and have limited Holland's chances.
    • 15' Bouma jogs on, his period in the international wilderness at an end. This is his 36th cap.
    • 14' Wilfried Bouma will come on to replace Mathijsen. The defender has a possible hamstring injury and that could be a major blow for the Dutch ahead of Euro 2012.
    • 13' Joris Mathijsen is down with an injury and getting treatment.
    • 12' Manolev profits from a Van Persie error and crosses for Bojinov who can't quite connect with the ball. That was a promising move.
    • 10' Lovely pass from Sneijder into van der Vaart who unselfishly tries to lay the ball off to Huntelaar but Bulgaria clear.
    • 8' Van Persie plays the ball into the area for Huntelaar who controls well and finds Willems.
    • 7' Rafael van der Vaart is playing wide left for Holland tonight with Sneijder behind Huntelaar.
    • 5' Bulgaria playing the ball around in their own half until losing possession.
    • 3' Valeri Bojinov is caught by Mark van Bommel and Bulgaria have a free-kick in the centre of the park.
    • 2' Van Persie is operating down the right for Holland tonight, despite playing as an out-and-out striker all season for Arsenal.
    • 1' We are off and underway in this friendly between Holland and Bulgaria.
    • 18:55 If you want to talk about the game on twitter, it's ‏@SCoggin_journo
    • 18:50 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will lead the line for Holland, with Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart supporting the striker.
    • 18:45 HOLLAND: Krul, Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems, De Jong, Van Bommel, Van Persie, Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Huntelaar. /// BULGARIA: Kolev, Ivanovm Bodurov, Manolev, V Minev, J Minev, Milanov, Popov, Petrov, Gadzhev, Bojinov.
    • 18:40 Van Marwijk today trimmed his Euro 2012 squad down to 23, with Urby Emmanuelson, Jasper Cillessen, Alexander Buttner, John Ola, Hedwiges Maduro, Nick Viergever, Erwin Mulder, Stefan de Vrij and Georginio Wijnaldum the men to make way.
    • 18:35 Holland were beaten 3-2 by Bayern Munich in an unofficial friendly on Tuesday so Bert van Marwijk will be looking for a morale boosting win here as his side continue their preparations for Euro 2012.
    • 18:30 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Holland’s friendly against Bulgaria.
  • Summary

    • 48' Penalty! Van der vaart is penalised and booked for a handball in the area. It looked difficult for him to get out of the way.

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  • Netherlands

    Manager: Bert van Marwijk

  • Bulgaria

    Manager: Luboslav Penev

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