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Amsterdam Arena (ATT 45,000) 2nd June 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: R Schorgenhofer

Holland Netherlands vs Northern Ireland N Ireland

Holland 6

R van Persie (11, pen 29)
W Sneijder (15)
I Afellay (37, 51)
R Vlaar (78)


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  1. I hope you've enjoyed the commentary with me Rebecca Stephenson. Thank you for all your input to me on twitter @1rebs and via my e-mail I hope to share another game with you soon!!

  2. And if that's not enough, there's the likes of van der Vaart and Huntelaar as alternative options

  3. For Holland, they look ripe and ready ahead of the Euros. Robben looks is fantastic form, and in eijder they have one of the best passers of the ball in world football. They can pass the ball for fun, and there's always the box-threat of van Persie.

  4. I thought James McPake did relatively well on his debut, and Andrew Little looked bright in patches, but they were woefully short of possession to show any attacking flair

  5. It really could have been a lot more. The Dutch took their foot off the pedal in the second half, but it will be good experience for the young NI side, ahead of some tough games next season.

  6. 90

    It was a pleasure to watch - unless you were Northern Irish.

  7. 90

    Its over!! A lesson in football for this young Northern Ireland side.

  8. 90

    Terrible miss from John Heitinga of Everton - over the bar from about 2 yards out. This really could have been a cricket score.

  9. 88

    There's the moment of the match from Northern ireland - Niall McGinn nutmegs Dirk Kuyt!... well if you can't get a consolation goal...

  10. 86

    Another long range shot from van der Vaart - just tipped over by Carroll

  11. 85

    Northern Ireland enjoying some possession... its on the halfway line but beggers can't be choosers!

  12. 80

    Arjen Robben off for Holland, replaced by Luciano Narsingh

  13. 80

    Ferguson off, David Healy on

  14. 77

    GOAL Ron Vlaar makes it six from a near post header from a corner

  15. 74

    As i speak van der Vaart hits a terrific shot which comes off the inside of the post but comes out

  16. 73

    The game has definitely dropped a gear or two - fortunately for the NI team... but you just feel that whenever the Dutch get the inclination they could just add another... my guess would be this won't go above 6 though.

  17. 70

    eijder off for Dirk Kuyt

  18. 68

    Carroll comes for the corner, but fumbles it, but the shot is wide

  19. 68

    Afellay goes for his hat tirick but Carroll saves it - corner

  20. 64

    The Dutch are just happy to pass the ball around at the moment, but they come forward, Willem slides it into eijder who curls it on the turn from a narrow angle but it's JUST over the bar

  21. 62

    Holland kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against Denmark on Saturday - can't wait to see how they get on against stronger opposition - they're in the group of death with Germany and Portugal

  22. 61

    Michael Duff is having to go off with that ankle injury - Rory McArdle is on

  23. 59

    Looks like Duff may have twisted his ankle here.. whist Willem is getting treatment for a dislocated finger (ouch)

  24. 55

    Huntelaar on for van Persie, van Der Vaart on for van Bommell and for Northern Ireland Niall McGinn is on for Andrew Little

  25. 55

    Whisper it - NI just put together a 20 pass move!!

  26. 52

    That was a great move for the fifth goal. Robben broke down the right, played it into the area, van persie laid it off and Afellay dfid the rest - great finish.

  27. 51

    Goal Affellay gets his second from a van Persie lay-off

  28. 50

    If you fancy a bet - you can get 1/10000 on Holland to win... so if you've got a spare 10 grand, enjoy your £1 winnings!

  29. 46

    Here we go - the second half is underway

  30. 45

    Subs for NI - Roy Carroll Ryan McGivern and Josh Carson are on, Lee Camp, Daniel Lafferty and Grant McCann are off

  31. 45

    Would you believe - no changes for Holland at the start of the second half - I won't pretend I'm not relieved! One at a time would be good for the written commentator thank you!!

  32. 45

    Keep your views coming to me - who's been the best player on the park so far? which was the best goal? how many will the Dutch get? tweet me @1rebs or e-mail

  33. 45

    And there's the half-time whistle - enjoy your half-time cuppa.... or maybe something stronger if you're of Northern Irish persuasion!!

  34. 42

    I'm warming up my fingers for the substitutions - bound to be plenty of typing for me at the start of the second half!

  35. 40

    van Persie misses a sitter from 8 yards after a great through ball from Robben

  36. 38

    Northern Ireland corner - but headed wide by Duff

  37. 36

    It was a great through ball from van Persie - reverse pass, and Afellay slotted it home from a tight angle

  38. 36

    GOAL Afellay makes it four!

  39. 34

    An attack for NI .. Duff has a shot blocked, it falls to Little but another block denies him

  40. 34

    Another great move by the Dutch ends with Willem firing into the side netting

  41. 31

    van Bommel denied by a stretching Lee Camp

  42. 29

    Goal Slotted home by van Persie into the bottom right hand corner - Lee Camp went the wrong way

  43. 27

    Handball by Shane Ferguson - that's harsh - his hands were by his side

  44. 26

    eijder breaks through again but Lee Camp spreads himself to block

  45. 25

    Remember, this Dutch side averaged nearly 4 goals a game in the Euro 2012 qualifying.. but there's no doubt this will be good experience for the young Northern Ireland side

  46. 23

    Robben breaks clear but is given offside - it's a close one, could've gone either way

  47. 22

    Another attempt from the Dutch - Afellay curls it over the bar... No lover of football can fail to enjoy watching this side

  48. 21

    Great block from McPake.. strange to say it in these circumstances but he's having a decent debut so far

  49. 18

    Sometimes you just have to sit back and applaud play like this. The passing is fantastic. But the NI side are still fighting, they need to keep their heads up

  50. 16

    NI need to be careful here - they're up against it enough without being down to 10-men

  51. 15

    Lee Hodson with a poor challenge on Willems

  52. 14

    Goal eijder with a fantastic free kick - no chance for Lee Camp - right into the top corner

  53. 13

    A poor tackle from Michael Duff - free kick to the Dutch on the edge of the box

  54. 12

    the Dutch have come for a party, and the crowd are certainly enjoying themselves - Mexican wave already

  55. 11

    It was a free header on the far post from a corner - too easy really..

  56. 11

    Goal Van Persie for Holland .....header from a corner

  57. 9

    Headed away by McPake - he's started well

  58. 9

    Robben tries to go past McPake and claims a penalty after a clash with the Coventry defender but the referee gives a free kick

  59. 7

    Robben threatens down the wing but Shane Ferguson with a great challenge

  60. 6

    The Dutch are camped in the NI half - first shot for Lee Camp to save from eijder - comfortable

  61. 5

    Corner headed away though

  62. 4

    Andrew Little with a great run - wins a corner!

  63. 1

    The Dutch, as is tradition are knocking the ball around, short passes, but no real attacks so far.. patient play

  64. Looks like a complete mismatch on paper... but football's not played on paper.... here we go.. we're underway

  65. Remember to keep your views coming in, wherever you are in the world - tweet me @1rebs or email

  66. God Save the Queen is roundly applauded by the Dutch - shame they didn't vote for us in Eurovision!

  67. Here we go then - the Anthems are being played and the little pocket of Northern Irish fans are making themselves heard

  68. Holland: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar, Willems,Afellay, Van Bommel, Nigel De Jong, Robben, eijder, van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Bouma, Kuyt, Huntelaar, Schaars, Strootman, Luuk De Jong, Narsingh, Boulahrouz, Van der Vaart, Krul.Northern Ireland Camp, Hodson, Duff, McPake, Lafferty, McCann, Norwood, Clingan, Ferguson, Little, Grigg. Subs:Carroll, Carson, Healy, Coates, McCourt, McGinn, McQuoid, Hughes, McArdle, McGivern, Donnelly, Mannus.Referee: Robert Schorgenhofer (Austria)

  69. Finally here's your line-ups tonight

  70. Still waiting for confirmation of the full XI's sorry about this - the Dutch side contains van der Wiel, eijder, van Persie and Robben for sure

  71. Or you can always e-mail me your views ... I'm just waiting for confirmation of the two line ups for tonight's clash in Amsterdam

  72. Good Evening, I'm Rebecca Stephenson and I'll be taking you through tonight's clash between Holland and Northern Ireland.. tweet me your views @1rebs and I'll put them up on here as we go through.

  73. Kick-off is at 1900 BST.