A stunning second-half fightback saw the Netherlands run out comfortable 6-1 winners over Hungary in their final 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ warm-up at the Amsterdam ArenA.
The victory came at a cost with Arjen Robben forced from the action with a left hamstring injury, leaving Bert van Marwijk to hope the injury jinx that has struck so many of his big-name players this week will not include the Bayern Munich winger. Robben is due to undergo a scan tomorrow, and the Oranje coach was downbeat about the situation after the match.
"I would rather lose this match and have Arjen stay fit," said Van Marwijk. "He felt a sharp pain. That does not bode well. But I do not lose hope."
Robben was on fine form before the injury struck late on, scoring twice after coming on as a substitute at the interval. Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder, Mark van Bommel and Eljero Elia were also on target for the Dutch, who fell behind to Balazs Dzudzsak's shock opener for Hungary.
The Netherlands were caught napping for the opener, which arrived on six minutes. Sandor Torghelle's long ball from his own half was collected with ease by Dzsudzsak, who dispatched a powerful shot into the top-left corner of Maarten Stekelenburg's net from the edge of the area.
The hosts were back on level terms on 22 minutes, when Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt crossed from the right wing and Arsenal striker Van Persie lashed home.
Hungary looked good value for the draw at the interval with their hosts offering little in the way of attacking threat, but all that changed in the second period as the Netherlands hit their stride. They went ahead after 56 minutes, when Giovanni Van Bronckhorst picked out Wesley Sneijder and the Inter Milan playmaker fired home from close range.
Feyenoord veteran Van Bronckhorst was again the provider eight minutes later, when he crossed from the left and Robben side-footed home from six yards. Van Bommel made it 4-1 after 71 minutes after being played in by Robben, while Elia added a fifth from the left side of the area four minutes later, with Van Bommel the provider.
Robben completed the scoring with a stunning sixth from the edge of area 12 minutes from time, but the day would end on a sour note for the former Chelsea player, who faces an anxious wait to discover whether his FIFA World Cup dream remains intact.