After a sluggish start the Netherlands elevated its level of play in the second half to earn a 3-0 victory over Indonesia in friendly action. Siem de Jong scored twice for the Oranje.
The Netherlands almost got off to a perfect start as its first rush into the final third resulted in Wesley Sneijder finding the net. He was deemed offside, however, which was a major relief for an Indonesian side hoping to avoid a blowout defeat.
Who was the Man of the Match?
Having survived that initial surge from the Oranje, the Merah Putih actually settled in nicely. They kept the dangerous Holland attack out of prime scoring positions. Every first-half opportunity that was generated got handled with relative ease by goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga.
Robin van Persie was the player creating most of the chances for the Netherlands, but the Manchester United striker lacked the finishing touch necessary to get his side on the scoreboard.
With the absence of scoring, the biggest story of the first half was the injury of Dutch striker Jeremain Lens. The PSV Eindhoven star, who played well in 12 appearances at the international level, left inside the first quarter hour and was replaced by Arjen Robben.
Jeremain Lens (injured) out, Arjen Robben in.— PSV Eindhoven (@FFPSV) June 7, 2013
A slew of halftime changes were made by coach Louis van Gaal, including the exit of Van Persie, seemed to spark the favorites.
In turn, the Netherlands finally grabbed the lead in the 57th minute on a de Jong header. Ruben Schaken did well to track down a loose ball and delivered a pinpoint cross, which de Jong directed back across goal and Meiga was hopeless to stop it. It was his first international goal.
De Jong added another 10 minutes later on a terrific tic-tac-toe play by the Dutch. Robben sent it a curling cross that got flicked on by Schaken and was easily headed in by de Jong again. That's more of what was expected from the outset.
#IntFriendly GOAL! Indonesia 0 - 2 Netherlands (Siem De Jong 67').— FootballFacts101 (@FootballFact101) June 7, 2013
Robben scored in the final minute before stoppage time to make the scoreline resemble more of a dominant performance than it actually was for the Netherlands. That said, the Oranje will be happy to take their win and move on to China.
Goal: 90' Robben (Netherlands), Indonesia - Netherlands 0-3 #IndNet— LivescoreNews (@livescore_news) June 7, 2013
Robin van Persie (Netherlands): B+
Van Persie was the most active member of the Dutch squad in the first half. He created several scoring chances, but wasn't able to convert and left at halftime. If he would have played all 90, he likely finds the net at least once. Still a solid performance.
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands): B
Like van Persie, Sneijder put in a solid half of work before subbing out. Was unlucky to be a step offside or he would have made the match far more routine for the Oranje. Exactly the type of workmanlike showing he normally provides for the national team.
Boaz Solossa (Indonesia): C+
As expected, the leading scorer for the Merah Putih only got a select number of touches throughout the match as Holland controlled possession. The few times he did get a chance, he wasn't able to seriously test either Dutch goalkeeper.
Kurnia Meiga (Indonesia): B-
Meiga still gets a solid grade despite giving up three goals, none of which he had a legitimate chance to stop. He was key in the first half, showing plenty of poise in the box to keep a potent Netherlands side at bay. A respectable individual effort for the 23-year-old keeper.
|Jasper Cillessen (off 46') ||GK||C+|
|Daryl Janmaat (off 66') ||DF||C+|
|Erik Pieters (off 46') ||DF||C+|
|Jonathan De Guzman||MF||B|
|Wesley Sneijder (off 46') ||MF||B|
|Robin van Persie (off 46') ||FW||B+|
|Jeremain Lens (off 14')||FW||C|
|Arjen Robben (on 14')||FW||B+|
|Ricky van Wolfswinkel (on 46')||FW||C|
|John Heitinga (on 46')||DF||C+|
|Siem De Jong (on 46')||MF||A|
|Kenneth Vermeer (on 46')||GK||C|
|Dwight Tiendalli (on 66')||DF||C|
|Ricardo Salampessy (off 46') ||DF||C|
Achmad Jufriyanto (off 80') ||MF||C|
Imanuel Wanggai (off 46') ||MF||B-|
|Tony Sucipto (off 73') ||MF||C|
|Sergio van Dijk (off 68') ||FW||C|
|Greg Nwokolo (off 59') ||FW||C|
|Ahmad Bustomi (on 46')||MF||C|
|Zulkifli Syukur (on 46')||DF||C-|
|Andik Vermansah (on 59')||FW||C|
|Ian Kabes (on 68')||FW||C|
|Hendro Siswanto (on 73')||MF||C|
|Ruben Karel Sanadi (on 80')||DF||C-|
The Netherlands travels to China next week and to Portugal in August for a pair of friendlies. Then the Oranje return to World Cup qualifying in September.
Indonesia will welcome a host of English Premier League clubs to Jakarta for a trio of preseason friendlies in July. Asian Cup qualifying returns in October.