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England v Holland: Robben makes prices pinball in friendly thriller

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Robben scores Holland's first goal

Robben scores Holland's first goal

"Holland were matched at [50.0] for their win and 2-3 was backed at [350.00] in one of the most dramatic friendlies that England have played for years."

England show are good, bad and careless as thrilling Wembley friendly ends in defeat to classy Dutch. Meanwhile, Ireland mount their own comeback and it's an emotional night in Cardiff...

An injury-time goal from Arjen Robben inflicted a heart-breaking defeat on Stuart Pearce's England at the end of an eventful match at Wembley.

Holland were matched at [50.0] for their win and 2-3 was backed at [350.00] in one of the most dramatic friendlies that England have played for years.

There were no goals in the first-half but two in two minutes - first from Robben then from Klaas Jan Huntelaar - after the break brought a quiet match life.

The Dutch were cruising to victory until the 85th minute when Gary Cahill proved once again that, amongst centre-backs, he is the best finisher in the Premier League. Five minutes later, it got even better as Phil Jones played a deft through ball to his Manchester United team-mate Ashley Young who finished smartly. England players were rapturous, as were those who backed the draw at [80.0].

Unfortunately, Holland then broke and, with the aid of a deflection, Robben showed his class again, bending the ball into the net to make it 3-2. Following the result, England trade at [10.5] to win Euro 2012.

Elsewhere, Simon Cox's late goal rewarded those who backed the draw at [11.0], as the Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic ended 1-1 win. At the other end of the Emerald Isle, Michael O'Neill's reign as Northern Ireland boss got off to a miserable start as they were beaten 3-0 at home to Norway.

Scotland came from behind to earn a decent 1-1 away to Slovenia as Christopher Berra headed in the visitors' goal. The draw was matched at [5.0].

Wales tried their hardest to force a late equaliser against Costa Rica in Gary Speed's memorial match in Cardiff. The home side ended up losing 1-0 as a full house paid their respects to the late Welsh boss.

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