Van Marwijk hopeful over RvP

Van Persie gave Holland the lead against Holland in Amsterdam on

Tuesday night but was injured in a challenge by Hungary defender

Vilmos Vanczak. He was forced off by the problem before half-time

in a Euro 2012 qualifying match which exploded into life in the

second half, as Hungary came back to lead 2-1 before Holland turned

it around again to ultimately prevail 5-3. Van Persie suffered a

serious ankle injury while on international duty in November 2009

which sidelined him for five months of last season, but Van Marwijk

played down fears surrounding his latest problem. He told Voetbal

International: “Robin got a knee to his thigh. With luck he could

play for Arsenal this weekend.” Van Marwijk was unhappy at how his

team twice allowed leads to slip. Wesley Sneijder added the

Oranje’s second after goals from Gergely Rudolf and Zoltan Gera put

Hungary ahead, before Ruud van Nistelrooy and Dirk Kuyt (two)

rounded off the scoring for the home side. Van Marwijk told De

Telegraaf: “We started well but we were too casual at 1-0. At times

we played brilliantly but we were very naive. The way we played we

could have also lost the match. This time we were lucky.” Van

Nistelrooy’s goal takes him to joint third in the all-time scoring

list for Holland – level with Faas Wilkes on 35 goals. Only Dennis

Bergkamp (37) and Patrick Kluivert (40) are ahead of him. Tottenham

midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart said: “It was a spectacular game.

Football is supposed to be entertainment, and this game was

certainly that, although the coach will not be satisfied.”

Liverpool forward Kuyt, who confessed his second goal was a miscued

cross rather than a sublime chip, added: “It was an unbelievable

game. We have played badly today but the important thing is that we

won. We were lax in our defending, and you do that as a team, it is

not just the defence that is to blame. If we do not defend as a

team, any team could score against us.” The win maintained

Holland’s 100% record in Group E and keeps them well on course to

qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine next summer. Everton

defender John Heitinga told Voetbal International: “Eighteen points

out of six, I think we should be proud that we are still unbeaten.

Of course it is annoying that we conceded three goals, which is

completely unacceptable. But the feeling prevails that we have just

played two games against Hungary and have taken six points in the

group.”