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Van Persie Stars as Dutch Win

The artful dodger that is Robin Van Persie puts in a dazzling display to mesmerise Hlebs white Russians.

The Netherlands washed away the bad taste of their poor weekend performance to convincingly beat Belarus 3-0 in a Euro 2008 Group G qualifying tie on Wednesday.

Robin van Persie struck twice and then set up Dirk Kuyt for a third in stoppage time.

Coach Marco van Basten made several changes to the side that laboured to a dismal 1-0 win at Luxembourg on Saturday, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst back in defence after suspension and Wesley Sneijder and Nigel de Jong in midfield.

Inspired by Alexandr Hleb and Maxim Romashchenko, Belarus tested Edwin van der Sar after 11 minutes when Timofei Kalachev's shot was turned over the bar.

Van Persie opened the scoring after 32 minutes when Sneijder's corner kick was cleared to him just inside the penalty area and he hammered the ball into the net.

Van Persie sealed victory with 12 minutes remaining when he received the ball from Sneijder and surprised the Belarus keeper with a well-placed shot.

Kuyt added some gloss when he headed home a free kick by Van Persie.




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Date:Wednesday September 6 2006

Time: 10:32PM

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brilliant i love him. . .lovely goals got a great left foot. hope he carries his form into the premiership and scores us more goals.
abdleb
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06/09/2006 22:39:00

Starting to look the part at international level.
sandgroanun
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06/09/2006 22:45:00

RVP how good is he?? *****in' Excellent !!
FAB 4
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06/09/2006 22:49:00

Make or break season for RVP. This bodes well.
Henry14
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06/09/2006 22:52:00

Can he bring this form to us this season? There is no doubting his talent, but I'm thinking it rests on his ability to form a genuine understanding with Henry. Something, it has to be said, he has struggled to do so far.
GunnerBlood
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06/09/2006 23:18:00

This year is his year, I'm fully confident. Infact I'll stick my neck out and predict another van Persie goal on Saturday.
Rocky7
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07/09/2006 00:23:00

I read somewhere that he played in central midfield? Not sure where Arsene wants to play him, particularly if he prefers the Henry-Adebayor pairing up front. I hope RvP gets a good run without injuries and plenty of matches this season. Rocky7, I'll see your prediction and raise you. A brace for RvP this Saturday.
JakeB
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07/09/2006 03:40:00

i have to worry about RVP, i agree he is excellent, i have seen him do things few players can do, but why oh why did he miss so much against city ? is it AW tactics that makes us play this way of trying to walk the ball in the net ? all our players have the ability to shoot from distance yet we don't see it at highbury, only when they play internationals. i do believe though this is the season he will come of age.
PUREGOLD
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07/09/2006 09:18:00

There's no doubting the boy's an awesome talent, I just think sometimes he needs to get his head up a little bit more. But AW will do wonders with RVP, he's scoring regularly for his country which is a great sign. Oh and what a game France v. Italy was, TH looked much sharper than two weeks ago.
Little Dutch
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07/09/2006 10:05:00

i have to agree Dutch, Henry looks sharp and lets hope he starts off with a bang come saturday. will also do my fanatsy league team some much needs points HAHA
PUREGOLD
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07/09/2006 10:11:00

Just seen RVP's goals on youtube, WOW!
Little Dutch
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07/09/2006 10:26:00

yeh amazing goals, if only he could do it in the epl.!
smokin
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07/09/2006 13:45:00

whenever i've seen him live i've been let down with his mentality. not all the obvious stuff about arrogance, but with his shyness. e doesn't yet feel comfortable to the point that he'll go all over the park looking for the ball, and finds it very hard to build his confidence after a knock or a bad start. i only say this cos he's clearly something special and i ate seeing him on the fringe or playing striker. when van basten says something like that about a player you know hes good. in a summer interview with adeba, when asked about ball control in training, he said henry's was great but rvp's was amazing. nice compliment no?
wengersavedusall
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07/09/2006 14:57:00

Seems to have being doing better for the Dutch than you at the moment.
Tierney
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07/09/2006 19:50:00

Two amazing goals, from a amazing player. I hope this will be Robins season!!!!! GO GOONERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
BerNic
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07/09/2006 21:00:00

 

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