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Holland beat Sweden 3-1 in international friendly (

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PSV goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson will not cherish happy memories of his visits to the Amsterdam ArenA. He conceded four goals in PSV's 4-1 defeat at Ajax on Sunday and three days later Isaksson was left without a chance three times as the Dutch national team coasted to a 3-1 friendly win over Sweden on Wednesday night.
Ryan Babel was taken off on the hour mark to be replaced by Ibrahim Afellay
Holland were by far the better team, with Robin van Persie scoring a double either side of the break. The Arsenal forward had given the Oranje a 1-0 lead after 32 minutes and doubled his team's advantage three minutes into the second half. Wesley Sneijder found substitute Rafael van der Vaart, who squared the ball back for Van Persie to score his second goal of the night. Kim Kšllstr√∂m pulled one back for Sweden in the 50th minute. The Olympique Lyon midfielder came off the bench and seconds later he unleashed a powerful shot that beat debutant goalkeeper Michel Vorm. The FC Utrecht keeper got a hand to the strike but the ball hit the underside of the bar before it crossed the line. Holland continued to move forward and were rewarded for their dominance with a third goal deep into injury time. Tim de Cler delivered a fine cross from the left wing and Dirk Kuyt headed home: 3-1. Liverpool forward Ryan Babel was taken off on the hour mark to be replaced by Ibrahim Afellay
Stef Nijland and Rens van Eijden
Nederland B did not take a flying start as coach Johan Neeskens and his men suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Young Sweden. Right winger Eljero Elia was a handful for the Swedish defenders but Holland failed to create any solid chances from open play. Sweden took the lead against the run of play in the first half, when Emir Bajrami tapped the ball home at the far post. Coach Neeskens made a number of changes at half time, bringing on Marcel Meeuwis and Rob Wielaert. The latter was forced off with an injury only ten minutes after the restart and PSV defender Rens van Eijden, currently on loan with Willem II, came off the bench to replace him. As Holland attempted to pull themselves back into the game, Sweden wrapped up things quickly. Denni Avdic doubled the margin and Ola Toivonen scored a third goal from a well-taken free kick. PSV striker Stef Nijland came on fifteen minutes from time