International review: Vlaar helps Holland to victory in final warm-up
Villa skipper in action for Holland.
5th Jun 2014
International review: Vlaar helps Holland to victory in final warm-up


Ron Vlaar will jet off to Brazil in good spirits after Holland completed their World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 win over Wales.

Vlaar played the full 90 minutes at the Amsterdam Arena, as Louis van Gaal's team swept aside the Welsh outfit in their final warm-up match.

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben stabbed home the first goal on 32 minutes before turning creator to set up substitute Jeremain Lens after the break.

Although Wales - who were missing key players such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey - caused problems for the Dutch, Vlaar and centre-back partner Bruno Martins Indi will be pleased with the clean sheet in their last outing before flying out to South America.

Vlaar made a key last-ditch tackle in the second half after substitute George Williams managed to slalom his way through three Holland defenders.

But by then the hosts had already cracked Wales' resistance.

Robben poked home the rebound when Robin van Persie's shot was parried by Wayne Hennessey.

Then Robben collected a neat pass from Wesley Sneijder who laid the ball across the face of goal for Dynamo Kiev strike Lens to sidefoot home.

Holland begin their World Cup campaign against champions Spain in Salvador next Friday, in a mouth-watering rematch of the 2010 final.

Next up, it's a clash against Australia in Porto Alegre on Wednesday June 18 before they round off their Group B fixtures against Chile in Sao Paulo on Monday June 23.

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