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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Van Persie raring to go

Robin van Persie was not a happy bunny when his coach, Bert van Marwijk, replaced him with Klaas Jan Huntelaar with ten minutes to go against Slovakia.

Dutch won the match 2-1 and advanced to the last eight, where those who plan to bet on world cup quarterfinals should note - they will face the mighty Brazil.

Van Persie has looked rusty in South Africa this summer, after missing the majority of the season at Arsenal with an ankle injury. He has found the net only once so far, in their 2-1 Group E victory over Cameroon.

His frustration at being brought off against Slovakia was evident as he made his way off the pitch, he was clearly not happy. Reports have come out that van Persie thought man of the match, Wesley Sneijder, should have been replaced rather than himself.

Since then van Persie and van Marwijk have come out saying there is no problems in the squad, although the Dutch have called a team meeting before the Brazil match. The Arsenal striker has explained that his reaction was simply down to his desire to score for his team. After missing so much action this season, van Persie is desperate to play all game every game.

He will need to find his scoring boots against Brazil, in the quarter-final in Port Elizabeth. Brazil have looked unnerving good in their journey to this stage, and Holland will need their big players to perform. If you were to bet on world cup semi final participants at this stage, the boys in yellow are certainly favorites to progress.

With Arjen Robben match fit again and looking deadly along with Sneijder, they will be hoping their front-man van Persie gets on the end of the chances they supply. This Holland team have their best chance in recent years of success at the World Cup, if they get an early goal against the Brazilians then they could spring another shock at this tournament and make the semi-finals.

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