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Robben's double Dutch sinks the Welsh

Wales 2-3 Netherlands

Published 14/11/2015

Class act: Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring
Class act: Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring

Wales boss Chris Coleman was upbeat despite his team's build-up towards Euro 2016 starting with defeat as Arjen Robben showed his class with a second-half brace in Holland's 3-2 friendly victory in Cardiff.

Robben took his international goal tally to 30 with two excellent finishes and left Wales to bemoan the absence of their injured talisman Gareth Bale.

"We're not going to stop teams scoring all the time - we're going to concede at some point," said Coleman.

"But I can't be disappointed with my players.

"We were up against a wounded animal in the Netherlands and a lot of good players," he added, referring to Holland's failure to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.

"We'll take a lot from this game."

Bas Dost had headed Holland in front after 32 minutes but Wales levelled on the stroke of half-time when Terence Kongolo handled Ben Davies' shot in the area.

Jasper Cillessen produced the first spot-kick save of his career from Joe Allen.

But Joe Ledley followed up to find the bottom corner of the net for only his fourth goal in 59 Wales appearances.

Robben restored Holland's lead with a brilliant solo goal after 54 minutes before substitute Emyr Huws levelled with his first Wales goal.

But Robben raced through nine minutes from time to settle the contest.

Wales: Hennessey (Fon Williams 73), Gunter (Henley 65), Taylor (Dummett 65), Davies, Chester, Ashley Williams (Collins 46), Allen, King, Lawrence, Jonathan Williams (George Williams 60), Ledley (Huws 56).

Subs Not Used: Church,Vaughan,Edwards,MacDonald,Bradshaw,Ward.

Goals: Ledley 45,Huws 70.

Netherlands: Cillessen, Janmaat, van Dijk (Veltman 46), Kongolo, Bruma, Clasie (Bazoer 87), Promes (Wijnaldum 90), Blind, Sneijder, Dost, Robben.

Subs Not Used: Stekelenburg, Tete, de Jong, Pieters, Vejinovic, Elia, Huntelaar, Depay, Zoet.

Booked: Kongolo,Bruma.

Goals: Dost 32,Robben 54,81.

Referee: Benoit Bastien (France).

Belfast Telegraph

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