Oranje brush aside Russia
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A superb second half showing saw Holland secure a fine 4-1 win over Russia.
A superb second half showing from Holland saw Marco van Basten's men secure a fine 4-1 win over Russia.
Russia, coach by former Oranje tactician Guus Hiddink, held their own in the first half and took a goalless draw into the interval.
Van Basten made a double switch at the break and the move paid dividends with substitutes Ryan Babel and Wesley Sneijder both scoring.
Ajax striker Babel broke the deadlock after 68 minutes and shortly after club colleague Sneijder doubled the home side's advantage.
Vladimir Bystrov did pull one back in an eventful second half, but it proved a false dawn as Holland added two more.
Joris Mathijsen restored Holland's two-goal advantage before Rafael Van der Vaart's late penalty capped a fine second-half performance.