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Holland flex their muscle with easy win over Ghana

Holland have cruised past Ghana 4-1 in a World Cup warm-up match in Rotterdam.

The Dutch flexed their muscle just over a week out from the tournament proper, scoring three goals in 15 minutes late in the match to deflated the Ghanaians who are preparing for life without Michael Essien.

Holland: 4 (Dirk Kuyt 30', Rafael Van der Vaart 72', Wesley Sneijder 80', Robin van Persie (p) 87') Ghana: 1 (Asamoah Gyan 78') Venue: De Kuip Stadion - Rotterdam, Holland Crowd: 50,000 Yellow cards:NED - nil GHA - John Mensah 54', Dominic Adiyiah 71', Asamoah Gyan 76'

Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt got the Oranje off to a good start on the half-hour mark when he netted before Real Madrid's Rafael Van der Vaart, Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Arsenal hitman all scored in the second half.

For Ghana, Asamoah Gyan of French club Rennes, struck in the 78th minute to make it 2-1 but Bert van Marwijk's men ran over the top of the Black Stars to record a comfortable victory.

Starting Line-Ups

NED Michel Vorm (gk) (Boschker 46'), Joris Mathijsen, Johnny Heitinga, Giovanni von Bronckhorst, Gregory van der Wiel, Nigel De Jong, Mark van Bommel, Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder (Elia 83'), Ibrahim Afellay (Van der Vaart 63'), Dirk Kuyt (Babel 73')

Subs - Sander Boschker (gk) (46'), Rafael Van der Vaart (63'), Ryan Babel (73'), Eljero Elia (83')

GHA Richard Kingson (gk), Lee Addy, Isaac Vorsah (Mensah 46'), Hans Sarpei, John Pantsil, Anthony Annan (Asamoah 77'), Derek Boateng, Stephen Appiah (Adiyiah 46'), Sulley Muntari (Ayew 46'), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Tagoe 46'), Matthew Amoah (Gyan 46')

Subs - John Mensah (46'), Asamoah Gyan (46'), Andre Ayew (46'), Prince Tagoe (46'), Dominic Adiyiah (46'), Kwadwo Asamoah (77')

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