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Oranje loses second European cup warm-up to Bulgaria 1-2

Sunday 27 May 2012

The Netherlands lost their latest warm up match ahead of the European championships to Bulgaria, 1-2.

It is the second defeat in a row for the squad, which lost to Bayern Munich 3-2 last week.

Nevertheless, according to the BBC, Holland last lost against Bulgaria in 1988 and then went on to win the European Cup.

Oranje's next warm-up match takes place against Slovakia on Wednesday.

On Saturday Jetro Willems became the youngest player to turn out for Oranje since Gerard Vanenburg in 1982. Willems is 18 and 57 days.

The match was also Mark van Bommel’s 75th cap for the Netherlands. The 35-year-old midfielder first played for Oranje against Cyprus in October 2000.

The Dutch squad

Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona), Mark van Bommel (AC Milan), Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart), Wilfred Bouma (PSV), John Heitinga (Everton), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Luuk de Jong (FC Twente), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Joris Mathijsen (Málaga), Luciano Narsingh (sc Heerenveen), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Bayern München), Stijn Schaars (Sporting), Wesley Sneijder (Inter), Maarten Stekelenburg (AS Roma), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax) and Jetro Willems (PSV).

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Readers' Comments

Very funny. It would be interesting to see how the Netherlands will perform on the original competition.

By funny | 27 May 2012 8:05 PM

Warm up games are to give players match time & allow new squad members to fit into the set up.
Oranje also had some dissapointing results in the run up to the world cup, but the fact is that the world cup final is the only competative game they have lost under van Marwijk.
It's not important.

By Donaugh | 29 May 2012 4:35 PM

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