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Soccer....and in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (22 February), the Netherlands beat Israel 2-1 in a friendly match to mark the 50th anniversary of the Israeli Football Association.
SYNOPSIS: The match, in Tel Aviv's Ramat-Gan stadium, was officially started by the president of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), Dr. Joao Havelange.
The Dutch team, playing left to right and wearing dark shirts, kicked off. For many Dutch players it was a chance to sharpen their teamwork for the World Cup finals being held in Argentina later this year.
As expected the Netherlands were quick to move into attack, but an alert Israeli defender prevented what had looked a certain goal.
With 30 minutes gone, the Netherlands won a dangerous set-piece when their striker obstructed, and the referee awarded a free kick.
As another player made a dummy run, Rob Rensenbrink took the kick, and scored Holland's first goal.
They followed up with another swift attack in the flowing style that made them runners up to West Germany in the 1974 World Cup. But the Israeli defence held firm.
And then it was Israel's turn to score five minutes before half time, from Vicky Perez.
The crowd and the Israeli team were clearly stimulated by the equaliser. As the second half began, the Israelis poured forward probing for another chance to discomfort the visitors. A worthy effort almost succeeded.
The final goal came 20 minutes into the half, when a defensive error led to an exchange of passes, which La Ling Chu rounded off with a firm volley. The 2-1 victory, and stretching from a sound Israeli side, made this a good outing for the Dutch.