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Wales put up brave fight amid Robin van Persie panic

By Staff Reporter

Holland 2 - Wales 0: Robin van Persie sparked fresh concerns over his fitness after playing just 45 minutes of Holland's laboured 2-0 friendly win over stubborn Wales in Amsterdam.

The Manchester United striker, who had an injury-curtailed second half of the season, was withdrawn at half-time of Holland's final match before flying to Brazil for the World Cup. Louis van Gaal will now be anxiously awaiting an update on his condition.

Van Gaal's side won the game comfortably enough with goals from Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens, but under-strength Wales proved worthy opponents and frustrated for large spells.

Much had been made the absence of star Welsh names such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Ashley Williams but Chris Coleman's men, well led by Liverpool's Joe Allen, gave a good account of themselves.

Van Persie came up against a Wales defence in which Hull's James Chester was handed his first cap.

Robben got his goal after 32 minutes, finishing on the rebound after Wayne Hennessey had saved with his feet from Van Persie.

Lens smashed a shot against the post for Holland in the second half but the referee had already blown for a foul on Chester.

Holland doubled their lead after 76 minutes when Robben broke clear down the right and pulled the ball back for Lens, who could not miss from close range.

Wales made life difficult for the hosts as they denied them space and George Williams threatened before the final whistle.

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