Dutch out to conquer Brazil

The Netherlands are preparing to meet Brazil in an international friendly in Goiania.The Dutch squad are training in Rio de Janeiro in what will be a repeat of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final in South Afica.

They won that match 2-1 and went on to reach the World Cup final, where they lost to Spain.

Bert van Marwijk’s squad will include established stars like Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt.

But captain Mark Van Bommel, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart are missing.

One travelling Dutch fan said that without Sneijder, the side would be severely weakened.

“This team this time is 80 percent without Sneijder,” fan Patrick Sneller said.

“It will not be the same game as in South Africa, but they are motivated. It’s not only a friendly.”

As hosts of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil do not need to qualify and are in preparation mode for July’s Copa America in Argentina.

The friendly takes place at Estadio Serra Dourada on Saturday.

 


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