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Van Persie raves about 'very good' opponent - But who is he?

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was called upon to rescue a point for Holland against Estonia.

'Who would have expected this?'

Robin van Persie's words after Holland's 2-2 draw with Estonia revealed a dangerous over-confidence, and summed up just why the Oranjes only scraped a point.

Van Persie himself was called upon to net an injury time penalty to claim a draw, although a win this week against Andorra will still seal their place at next year's World Cup.

The Manchester United man was particularly impressed with one of his opponents, commenting 'The boy who scored two is very good.'

So who is 'the boy', and will European scouts and Manchester United's be taking note of the performance and Van Persie's recommendation? 

Here are five facts about Estonia's two goal hero Konstantin Vassiljev:

1) Vassiljev is no 'boy'. He is 29-years-old and has played more than 370 first team games in his career.

2) He has played his entire career in Eastern Europe, at clubs in his homeland of Estonia, later Slovenia, and has been playing for Russian club Ankar Perm since 2011, costing the club £800,000 in transfer fees.

3) Vassiljev is an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, once netting 18 in one season at FC Levadia Talinn.

4) He has scored 19 international goals, including strikes against Van Persie's international teammate Nemanja Vidic's Serbia, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

5) Vassiljev is a two-time Estonian footballer of the year, winning the award in 2010 and 2011.

Check him out in action below...

Is he a player Europe's big guns should be looking at, or has that ship sailed?

image: © jikatu

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