Oct 10, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
Netherlands
3-1
Kazakhstan
Jan Huntelaar (62'), Afellay (82'), van Persie (89' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Abdulin (17')
Abdulin (33'), Dmitrenko (55'), Shomko (89')
Dzholchiyev (64')

Robin van Persie delighted for Ibrahim Afellay

Van Persie delighted for Afellay
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Netherlands striker reveals his delight with teammate Ibrahim Afellay as they beat Kazakhstan 3-1.

Netherlands striker Robin van Persie has revealed his delight with international teammate Ibrahim Afellay after the winger scored in their 3-1 win over Kazakhstan.

Oranje were struggling to break down the 10 men of the visiting minnows until Afellay struck with eight minutes remaining, and the Manchester United forward was full of praise for the ex-Barcelona man.

Van Persie told Goal.com: "It was a double liberation - not only for the team, but for him. It was beautiful.

"I know how hard he's had it. I've been in touch with him in Barcelona, I know where he's coming from. If he scores the winning goal, I'm very happy for him.

"He's come a long way and is now back at the top."

The appearance was Afellay's first for the national side for two years.

Kazakhstan's players celebrate after Renat Abdulin scored during the Euro 2016 qualifying match between the Netherlands and Kazakhstan in Amsterdam, on October 10, 2014
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