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Robin van Persie scores only goal as Netherlands beats Ghana 1-0 in World Cup tune-up

  • Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal is seen prior to the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Ghana at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP photo/Ermindo Armino).

    Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal is seen prior to the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Ghana at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP photo/Ermindo Armino).  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands Robin van Persie, left, fights for the ball with Sumaila Rashid from Ghana, during the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Ghana at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP photo/Ermindo Armino)

    Netherlands Robin van Persie, left, fights for the ball with Sumaila Rashid from Ghana, during the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Ghana at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP photo/Ermindo Armino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands Arjen Robben reacts during the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Ghana, at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)

    Netherlands Arjen Robben reacts during the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Ghana, at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)  (The Associated Press)

Robin van Persie scored his second goal in as many pre-World Cup friendlies as the Netherlands beat Ghana 1-0 on Saturday.

On the day Louis van Gaal announced his final 23-man squad for Brazil, the Netherlands coach looked to have picked his strongest side for the match at Feyenoord's De Kuip stadium, with the vastly experienced striking partnership of Van Persie and Arjen Robben fed by playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

It was that trio who teamed up to unlock the Ghana defense in just the fifth minute.

Sneijder played a one-two with Robben and then cut back the ball past the advancing goalkeeper to Van Persie who only had to tap into the open goal for his 43rd international goal.