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12/06/2013 09:36, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Van Persie on the spot

Robin van Persie scored from the penalty spot on Tuesday as the Netherlands extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches by recording a comfortable 2-0 win over China in Beijing.

The Manchester United striker, who also captained the side, smashed home from 12 yards after Arjen Robben was felled inside the area after just 10 minutes. That conversion means he is now third in the list of Holland’s all-time scorers behind Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Kluivert.

RvP also played a pivotal role in creating the match’s winning goal by spraying a neat pass out wide for Robben, whose cross allowed Wesley Sneijder to sensationally backheel the ball home.

Elsewhere, Shinji Kagawa played a full match as Japan finished their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Iraq in Doha, meaning they finish as winners of Group B with 17 points.

The Reds midfielder almost registered an assist during the first half when his pass led to Hiroshi Kiyotake missing from close range and almost scored on the hour mark, only for his shot to fly over the bar following good work from Yuto Nagatomo.

Javier Hernandez was also in action, for Mexico, who drew 0-0 with Costa Rica to continue their disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign at the Estadio Azteca.

The United forward played the full 90 minutes and was booked in a game that was marred by crowd trouble after Mexican fans hurled objects at opposition captain Carlos Ruiz. 

Elsewhere, Antonio Valencia’s Ecuador produced a spirited performance to record a 1-1 draw with Argentina in high-altitude Quito. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero opened the scoring from the spot in the opening exchanges before Segundo

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