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20/06/2014 16:53, Report by Adam Marshall

Van Persie annoyed by ban

Robin van Persie admits he is annoyed at missing the Netherlands' final group game against Chile through suspension.

The blow has been softened by the fact that Louis van Gaal's charges are already safely through to the knockout stages but the Manchester United striker is still disappointed to have to wait for an opportunity to add to his three-goal haul in Brazil.

Van Persie smashed in an equaliser against Australia during a hard-fought 3-2 win after bagging a fine brace in the 5-1 mauling of Spain.

When asked about his leveller against the Socceroos, he told FIFA.com: "That was the goal that got us back into the game. It was important. I knew we had to get one and, preferably, as quickly as possible. As soon as I scored, I had a good feeling again that we could win it. Especially from my point of view, I wanted it extra badly because I knew I wouldn't be in the team for the next match. I'm annoyed about that."

Australia provided a stern test for an unchanged team still buoyant after the sensational opening game in Group B.

"The main thing is that we are through," he explained. "I don't think anyone expected that [so early on] and it's a very nice situation for us to be in."   

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