Football

Van Persie rescues Dutch with brilliant volley

Robin van Persie scored a spectacular goal to give Holland a 1-1 draw against Ecuador in a World Cup warm-up match on Saturday.

The Manchester United striker found the net after 37 minutes when he controlled the ball on his chest before striking an impressive volley past Maximo Banguera in the Ecuador goal.

The South Americans, who have also qualified for the World Cup, had taken a ninth-minute lead when Jefferson Montero beat Jasper Cillessen in the Dutch goal.

"I have played just twice in the last three games in the EPL - half an hour and 67 minutes," said van Persie, who has been battling a knee injury.

"I am missing some rhythm, but I have completely recovered."

Holland took the opportunity to have a look at the depth of their squad on Saturday with first-choice players Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens all unavailable. - AFP.