England Defeated By Holland
In the month of February 1977, The Netherlands National Football Team gave their English counterparts a lesson in clinical finishing as the Dutchmen ran out fully deserved winners in the international friendly match at Wembley Stadium. On Wednesday night, football history repeated itself with The Dutch Eleven triumphant yet again.
The Three Lions started brightly and could have taken an early lead when a dangerous header from Chelsea centre half Gary Cahill narrowly flew over the crossbar. As the first half progressed, however, the match slowed down with both sides playing the ball in the middle of the park and not many scoring chances created. Then in the 56th minute of the contest, Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben picked up the ball inside his own half before running the length of the pitch to score the opening goal. Just one minute later, the visiting side scored again as striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar headed home a magnificent cross ball from Dirk Kuyt. The home side finally managed to score in the 85 minute of action when a long through ball from Everton player Leighton Baines found fellow defender Gary Cahill who slotted into the bottom corner to give the hosts some hope. There was more to come only five minutes later when Manchester United frontrunner Ashley Young collected a fine pass from teammate Phil Jones and lifted the ball over Maarten Stekelenburg to make the score 2–2. But then in stoppage time, Holland eventually gave England the coup de grace when Arjen Robben beat Joe Hart with a curling shot from inside the box.