Football - Van Persie penalty spares Dutch embarrassment

Robin van Persie's stoppage time penalty spared the Netherlands from suffering an embarrassing defeat as they drew 2-2 in Estonia to keep up their unbeaten run in the World Cup qualifiers in Tallinn on Friday.


The spot kick delivered a devastating blow to lowly Estonia, who were just minutes away from a famous triumph after Konstantin Vassiljev scored twice on either side of the interval for the hosts.

They had come back from conceding a goal inside the opening 60 seconds when Arjen Robben's strike threatened a one-sided result for the Group D leaders.

The Dutch dropped points for the first time in the preliminaries after six successive wins but still have a handy six-point lead over second-placed Romania, who are on 13, in the standings. Estonia remain second bottom with seven points.

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