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Netherlands-Ecuador ends 1-1 in World Cup tuneup

Vintage Van Persie volley gives Netherlands 1-1 draw with Ecuador in World Cup warm-up

Fans of the Dutch soccer team arrive prior to the start of the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Ecuador at ArenA stadium in...
Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie scores 1-1 before Ecuador's Frickson Erazo, left,  can intercept, during the international friendly soccer match...
Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie runs to the midfield after scoring 1-1 during the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Ec...

Netherlands Ecuador Soccer

Fans of the Dutch soccer team arrive prior to the start of the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Ecuador at ArenA stadium in...

Soccer Netherlands Ecuador

Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie scores 1-1 before Ecuador's Frickson Erazo, left, can intercept, during the international friendly soccer match...

Soccer Netherlands Ecuador

Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie runs to the midfield after scoring 1-1 during the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Ec...

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Robin van Persie scored with a trademark left-foot volley to give a new-look Netherlands a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in a pre-World Cup friendly on Saturday.

Van Persie controlled a long pass from Jordy Clasie on his chest and immediately smashed it past Maximo Banguera in the 37th minute to cancel out a ninth-minute strike by Jefferson Montero that gave Ecuador a shock lead.

The Netherlands had the best of the possession for much of the match at a sold-out Amsterdam Arena, but struggled to create clear-cut chances, and Van Persie's striking partner Memphis Depay, still seeking his first international goal in his fifth match, squandered two good chances before the break.

Captain Antonio Valencia, playing on the right wing, provided much of Ecuador's attacking impetus, but lacked support.


Updated : 2021-03-02 03:03 GMT+08:00