Ratings for each of Netherlands players in the 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Estonia on Friday night.

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estonia 2-2 netherlandsIn what should have been a routine victory, Netherlands needed a 91st minute penalty to earn a 2-2 draw away to Estonia on Friday, which ended their 100% record in qualification.

Here are the player ratings for the match:

Michael Vorm– Could have done better with both goals he conceded, and showed poor handling on several other occasions. Why he was so far off his line during second goal is inexcusable. 3/10

Daryl Janmaat– Showed good attacking intent, and was always looking to support Robben. Had one good opportunity which he blazed over the bar. Whilst good going forward, was caught in possession at the back on occasions. A decent performance from the Feyenoord man. 6/10

Jetro Willems– Probably the best in the back four at his defensive duties, Willems kept the dangerous Ojamaa quiet the whole game. However Willems did not look to get forward enough to support Lens, such as Janmaat did with Robben, leaving the winger isolated at times. Decent comeback in the national side for the PSV man. 5/10

Stefan de Vrij– Failed to defend against Vassiljev which led to the first goal, and lost his confidence after it. Decent in the air, but otherwise a poor performance by the Feyenoord man. Hooked off by Van Gaal for Bruma when the team needed a goal. Tells you all you need to know about his performance. 2/10

Bruno Martins-Indi– The usually solid Martins Indi had his worst performance for the Oranje to date, as he committed error after error. Offered no challenge to stop the 2nd goal, and couldn’t cope with Estonia fowards Anier or Zenjov. Received a yellow card which rules him out of the game against Andorra on Tuesday. 3/10

Stijn Schaars– Failed to impose himself on the match, as he made a couple of interceptions but other than that failed to help either the defence or the attack, and looked rather lost on the field. 4/10

Wesley Sneijder– Looked busy in the first half, but wore away as the match went on, and was guilty of giving the ball away too many times trying delicate flicks. Had a few chances to score, whilst he could have won the game in the final seconds, but failed to control a routine cross from the right. The glorious return of Sneijder turned into a damp squib. 4/10

Kevin Strootman– A strangely quiet game for Strootman, but he kept his play simple, and kept the moves ticking over going forward. Two terrible long range efforts summed up his evening. 4/10

Jeremain Lens– Terrible performance by the Dynamo Kiev winger, as he was completely marked out of the game. When he did have the ball, it was either lost, or the final ball was poor. Rightly taken off in the second half for Dirk Kuyt. 2/10

Arjen Robben– Scored a great goal early on, and looked the most likely Dutch player to make something happen going forward. Wasted a few chances by not passing the ball to players in space, mostly Janmaat, who was always available for support. Had an opportunity late on inside the box, but effort was closer to the corner flag than the goal. 5/10

Robin van Persie– Won the penalty that saved the nations blushes, and slotted it home confidently. The captain showed good touches at times, but often had to try and deal with long balls from the back, while being well marked by Ragner Klaven. 5/10


Dirk Kuyt– Came on for Lens, and made much more impact from the right, with a number of decent crosses near the end. While he also provided the flick on for the penalty at the end. With Robben out of Andorra game, Kuyt may have just earned himself a start. 5/10

Jeffrey Bruma– Came on for the nervous De Vrij, and failed to impose himself going forward, but didn’t make any costly errors at the back. 4/10

Jonathan de Guzman– Came on near the end, and failed to make a mark. 4/10


Louis van Gaal– Clearly his tactics did not work against a well organised Estonia side. Failed to motivate his team at half time, when score was at 1-1, and said himself that players had lost their confidence. Brought on Kuyt for Lens which changed things, but bringing on De Guzman for Willems, and Bruma for De Vrij when chasing goals was strange, especially with Ricky van Wolfswinkel on the bench. Worst performance by his side since taking over last year. 2/10

Man of the match– Performance was terrible, but Daryl Janmaat looked good going forward, and was decent at the back, earning the Feyenoord man our vote for player of the game.

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