Holland beat West German first division side Hamburger SV 2-1 in their World Cup warmup match in Hengelo, Holland, on Thursday (May 23).
Holland beat West German first division side Hamburger SV 2-1 in their World Cup warmup match in Hengelo, Holland, on Thursday (May 23). The home team received an early set-back when Hamburg left-winger Memering put the West German club ahead in the 28th minute.
the Dutch team fought back and scored in the 45th and 61st minute, but overall it was an undistinguished performance from the World Cup finalists.
Holland face Sweden, Bulgaria and Uruguay in group three of the World Cup playoffs. Team trainer Rinus Michael said after the match there were still plenty of improvements to be made to the team.
Holland will play Argentina next Sunday in another warmup match and will follow with games against another West German club side and a Rumanian team.
SYNOPSIS: Holland, one of the finalists in next month's World Cup, started their warmup matches on Thursday with a game against Hamburger SV, the West German first division side. The game was played in Hengelo, Holland. Hamburg, playing form left to right caused an early set-back when left-winger Memering netted in the 28th minute. Holland quickly settled down and made repeated attacks. They finally levelled the score at one-one in the 45th minute when Wim Suurbier headed the ball home.
Holland finally went ahead in the 61st minute after a cross from the right wing by Cruyff, the European player of the year. The goal made the score two-one in Holland's favour and that was the final score. But overall it was an undistinguished performance by Holland, and with only three more warmup matches will have to show improvement if they are to do well in the World Cup.