Newcastle star in 46 shot international thriller
Daryl Janmaat was part of a remarkable game of football on Friday night in Amsterdam.
Holland took on the USA in a friendly match that provided great entertainment but will have done little for Guus Hiddink’s heartrate or confidence ahead of a crucial Euros qualifier.
In total there were a remarkable combined 46 efforts on goal between the two teams, with 27 for the Dutch and 19 for the visitors. Equally impressive was the fact that each team had 11 on target (BBC Sport stats).
Back in the international fold, Daryl Janmaat started the match and in a seemingly pre-arranged move, then made way at half-time for his big rival Gregory Van der Wiel. The friendly featuring 11 substitutions overall.
Holland scored first in the 27th minute before the American team equalised six minutes later, half-time reached at 1-1 with no indication of the drama to come.
Within eight minutes of the restart, the Netherlands were 3-1 up and coasting, only for the USA to pull one back in the 70th minute.
However, the real excitement came in the final minutes/seconds as the visitors scored twice within sixty seconds, in the 89th and 90th minute to win the game.
Remarkably, in between those two late goals, former Newcastle loan player Luuk de Jong, who had came on with 12 minutes to go, ha dtwo chances to give Holland back the lead. First seeing his header saved by the keeper and then hitting the post with a shot.
Holland will now use this preparation game to no doubt analyse their defending before they play Latvia next Friday in that crucial Euros qualifier.
Daryl Janmaat will be hoping he has done enough to start again, whilst Tim Krul will no doubt be watchin from the bench as usual, just as he was for last night’s 46 shot, 7 goal, thriller.
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