Stekelenburg wins with Dutch team

Stekelenburg wins with Dutch team

The Dutch national team posted an easy win on Wednesday night against Austria in a practice match. The Dutch were too strong for their opponents in Eindhoven, winning 3-1. Maarten Stekelenburg stood in goal for the fortieth time with the Dutch national team. He seemed set to keep a clean sheet, until Marko Anautovic passed him from the spot shortly before the end.

In addition to Stekelenburg, Gregory van der Wiel also played. Ajax’s duo headed to the locker room at halftime with a 1-0 lead. Former Ajax player Wesley Sneijder put the Dutch 1-0 ahead after half an hour with a beautiful volley in the Philips Stadium. It was Sneijder’s twentieth interland goal.

Three minutes after the break, the score was doubled, once again by a former Ajax player. Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s header, on a fine heel ball from Eljero Elia and pass from Erik Pieters, hit the mark: 2-0. Dirk Kuyt brought the score to 3-0 twenty minutes before the end with a penalty kick.

Fifteen minutes later, Austria was awarded a shot from twelve yards out. A foul from substitute Peter Wisgerhof resulted in Stekelenburg leaving his fortieth interland without a clean sheet. Arnautovic shot cleanly from twelve yards out. Kevin Strootman and Luuk de Jong made their debut with the Dutch team after the break.