Johnny Heitinga makes succesful debut

Ajax player Johnny Heitinga could look back on a succesful debut for Holland in the friendly against the USA on Wednesday. Holland won 1-0 though a goal by Arjen Robben and defensively Heitinga was solid. Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder were also given a place in the starting line-up. Nigel de Jong stayed on the bench.

It took some adjustment for Heitinga in the Dutch team. The Ajax player had to play as right back, his normal position being central defender. But he did well. After being out with a serious knee injury for more than a year, this was the best reward he could get for his hard work back to the top.

Ajax's John O'Brien was unable to play for the USA team. He was bothered by a hamstring injury.

Elsewhere, the Czech Republic kept their steak of unbeaten matches alive by drawing 2-2 against Italy. The team with Ajax players Tomás Galásek and Zdenek Grygera has not lost in 20 matches.

Belgium, with Wesley Sonck, Jelle van Damme and Tom Soetaers, lost at home to France: 0-2.

Nicolae Mitea's Romania defeated Georgia 3-0.