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Robben and Lens score to give Netherlands flattering 2-0 win over Wales in World Cup tuneup

  • Netherlands player Arjen Robben, left, celebrates scoring against Wales with teammates during their international friendly soccer match at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday June 4, 2014. (AP photo/Ermindo Armino)

    Netherlands player Arjen Robben, left, celebrates scoring against Wales with teammates during their international friendly soccer match at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday June 4, 2014. (AP photo/Ermindo Armino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands player Arjen Robben controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match against Wales at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)

    Netherlands player Arjen Robben controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match against Wales at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands Robin van Persie, right, fights for the ball with Chris Gunter from Wales, during the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Wales at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday , June 4, 2014. (AP photo/Ermindo Armino).

    Netherlands Robin van Persie, right, fights for the ball with Chris Gunter from Wales, during the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Wales at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday , June 4, 2014. (AP photo/Ermindo Armino).  (The Associated Press)

The World Cup-bound Netherlands beat Wales 2-0 on Wednesday thanks to goals from Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens, a flattering result in the team's final warm-up before heading to Brazil.

Despite the win, it was a far from convincing performance by a Dutch team apparently still struggling to come to terms with the new 5-3-2 system coach Louis van Gaal wants to play in Brazil.

The Netherlands dominated possession, but could only carve out a handful of clear-cut chances against a team ranked 47th in the world that did not qualify for the World Cup.

The experienced strike force of Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie and Robben again showed its value to the Dutch, combining to open up the Welsh defense for the first goal.