The visitors took a surprise lead in the first half but goals from Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Ibrahim Afellay and Robin Van Persie settled the contest late in the second half. Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink said he always felt confident that his side would secure the win against the minnows in their Euro 2016 qualifying game although they were made to work really hard for it. “We can be satisfied. The only corner they had went in. Then we had to play against a wall of players. In the first half we suffered from that.” “We stayed calm during half-time. But if we kept playing like that, we would get there eventually. It was just a matter of scoring goals. I didn’t have the feeling we would lose points tonight.” Kazakhstan took a shock lead in the first half thanks to a Renat Abdulin header from the corner but second half substitute Klass-Jan Huntelaar restored parity just after the hour mark. Hiddink […]
International action returned to Europe with all the teams facing off against each other in a bid for qualification. All of the big names lived up to their billing as we saw three exciting match days come to an end. Read on to find more.