AMSTERDAM - Goals from Dirk Kuyt and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar earned the Netherlands a 2-1 home win over the United States in a friendly on Wednesday.
Kuyt converted a 40th minute penalty to open the scoring after Jonathan Bornstein fouled Wesley Sneijder who was set up by Arjen Robben.
The Dutch dominated most of the match but some sloppy passing up front meant they had to wait until a deflected shot from Huntelaar on 73 minutes doubled their lead.
Carlos Bocanegra pulled one back for the U.S. one minute before time when he headed home unmarked a free-kick from DaMarcus Beasley.
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk started with Robben and Eljero Elia as out and out wingers on either flank but neither created the openings hoped for.
"Both wingers did what we wanted but when you reach the backline the pass has to be good," Van Marwijk told reporters.
"Despite the opening phase when they disturbed our build up we had some good phases in the match, but against tough opponents like this you have to be patient. Matches like these we can expect at the World Cup."
The Dutch improved their passing game after the interval and Elia was put through by a defence-splitting pass by Sneijder, but failed to score.
The visitors, who had their first attempt on goal in the final 10 minutes, went close to an unexpected equaliser after Bocanegra's header but a free kick by Beasley was saved by Maarten Stekelenburg in injury time.
"This was a good test for us and overall we played well," US-coach Bob Bradley told reporters.
"Our collective effort was pretty solid but we could have been a bit sharper and quicker so that is the area we have to improve.
"Giving away the penalty was a matter of losing concentration and was badly timed," he added.
The Netherlands play Denmark, Japan and Cameroon in Group E at the World Cup. The U.S. face England, Algeria and Slovenia in Group C.comments