NETHERLANDS - RUSSIA - 4:1 (0:0)
February 7, 2007
22,000 at the Arena Amsterdam
Referee: M Clattenburg (Eng)
Netherlands: Maarten Stekelenburg, Wilfred Bouma, Kew Jaliens, Joris
Mathijsen, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (с), Nigel De Jong (David Mendes Da
Silva, 63), Denny Landzaat (Wesley Sneijder, 46), Clarence Seedorf (Tim
De Cler, 78), Rafael Van der Vaart, Dirk Kuyt (Ryan Babel, 46), Jan Vennegoor
of Hesselink (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 78)
Coach - Marco van Basten
Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Aleksandr Aniukov, Alexei Berezutsky (Vasili Berezutsky,
69), Denis Kolodin, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Dmitri Sychev, 45), Vladimir
Bystrov, Igor Semshov, Egor Titov (с) (Eugeni Aldonin, 58), Yuri Zhirkov,
Andrei Arshavin (Roman Pavluchenko, 72), Ivan Saenko
Coach - Guus Hiddink
Scorers: Ryan Babel (68); Wesley Sneijder (71); Vladimir Bystrov (76);
Joris Mathijsen (80); Rafael van der Vaart (89- pen)
Yellow Card: Vasili Berezutsky (90)
Dutch Score Four, Add to Hiddink's Woe
AMSTERDAM - Four Dutch goals in the second half made up for a poor first
half as the Netherlands scored a comfortable 4-1 win over Russia in a
friendly international on Wednesday.
Ryan Babel opened the scoring with a goal in the 68th minute with fellow
substitute Wesley Sneijder doubling the lead two minutes later.
Vladimir Bistrov scored the best goal of the night to give the visitors
some hope but Joris Mathijsen added a third with a header after 79 minutes
before Rafael van der Vaart converted a penalty to make it 4-1 two minutes
Russia's Dutch Coach Gus Hiddink. Reuters
Marco van Basten was missing a complete team through injury
and improvised, going against the Dutch nature by starting without wingers
and missing the creativity to pierce the well-organised Russian defence.
Van Basten said afterwards: "We looked secure with our starting line-up
but it didn't work out as we planned, so we made some changes at halftime.
"We took more risks and played more football with Sneijder and Babel,
who both did very well."
Russia's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink agreed the Dutch had the better of the
second half - and much of the first half too.
"We didn't have the power to harm them, but we kept them down to one chance
before the break," he said.
In a lacklustre first half the home team threatened Russian goalkeeper
Igor Akinfejev only once, while the Russians frustrated Hiddink by failing
to launch a proper attack.
Two minutes before the interval Clarence Seedorf set Giovanni van Bronckhorst
away, but his cross was missed by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink before Van
der Vaart fired wide from a tight angle.
A double Dutch substitution with Sneijder and Babel coming on, revived
the home team's hopes and Sneijder twice tested Akinfejev with long distance
strikes, while Vennegoor of Hesselink came close to a first international
goal with a close range header.
Midway through the second half Babel broke the deadlock with a well-taken
shot and two minutes later Sneijder made it 2-0 when he beat Akinfejev
with a fierce shot at the near post.
Bistrov pulled one back for the visitors with a fine volley after the
Dutch defence failed to clear a cross though Mathijsen restored the two-goal
lead with a close range unmarked header from a corner minutes later.
An unlucky handball by a Russian defender gave Van der Vaart the opportunity
to score his eighth goal in his 41st international match.
Dutch prosecutors called on Tuesday for a 10-month jail sentence for Russia's
national football coach Guus Hiddink on tax fraud charges, a Dutch court
said in a statement.
Prosecutors say Dutchman Hiddink evaded almost 1.4 million euros (0.92
million pounds) in Dutch taxes while falsely claiming he was a resident
of Belgium in 2002 and 2003.
From 2000 to 2002 Hiddink was employed as the national coach of the South
Korean national team, guiding the co-hosts to the semi-finals of the 2002
World Cup tournament.
A prosecutor said Hiddink, who is on trial alongside his tax advisor for
whom prosecutors are seeking a 13-month sentence, had instead stayed at
his girlfriend's home in Amsterdam. He called calling Hiddink's Belgium
residence a "joke".
He went on to describe Hiddink as a stubborn man who had ignored the advice
of his accountant to at least spend the occasional night in Belgium, according
to the Dutch news agency ANP.
Netherland's van Bronckhorst (l) is challenged
by Russia's Anjoekov. Reuters
"Hiddink has fallen from a high pedestal," he added.
Hiddink admitted that he had not spent a single night at his Belgian residence
at the trial's opening in late January, describing himself as a sort of
football "nomad", according to the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
"I never felt comfortable there and no desire to lie there staring at
the ceiling," Hiddink said.
He said he had instead slept all over the place - in hotels, at his girlfriend's
home, at the training ground of PSV Eindhoven, whom he was also coaching
at the time, and sometimes even behind the wheel of his car.
The Russia coach said his income from coaching South Korea had already
been taxed in Asia and he has acknowledged he chose Belgium as his official
residence for taxation purposes.
In Moscow, Russian Football Union president Vitaly Mutko said he was not
too concerned about the case.
"I don't think it'll get to a jail sentence," Mutko, the man responsible
for luring Hiddink to Moscow, said.
"We live in a civilized world, not in medieval times. Holland is a European
country, so I don't think they will go to the extreme.
"Besides, this is just a prosecutor's demand. Let's wait and see what
the judges will actually make of it."
Prosecutors began legal proceedings against Hiddink last July. A verdict
is due on February 27.
Reuters - By Theo Ruizenaar. The
St. Petersburg Times, February 9, 2007