PHOTO: Van Persie in shock as Kazakhstan took shock lead in Amsterdam

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The Dutch had 30 shots during their European Championship qualifier, but the Manchester United hot shot and his teammates left it late to turn the game around.

For a large portion of Friday night's game between Kazakhstan and the Netherlands, it looked like one of the biggest shocks of international football was on the cards.

Kazakhstan had taken a surprise lead in 17th minute through veteran defender Rinat Abdulin's headed goal, and though the Dutch side pressed desperately for the rest of the first half, they couldn't find the break through and went into half time amazingly 1-0 down at home to a side ranked 127th in the world.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie looked completely flabbergasted at the scoreline, and it wasn't until Guus Hiddink sent on Klass Huntelaar in place of defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong that Oranje finally drew level, with the Schalke striker heading in Ibrahim Afellay's cross.

Baurzhan Dzholchiev saw red for a wild tackle as the visitors finally started to unravel soon after, though they still held out until the final 10 minutes when Barcelona's Afellay, on loan at Olympiakos, scored to settle the contest in favour of the side that finished third in this summer's World Cup.

Van Persie added a last minute penalty, but for a brief moment, the former Arsenal striker and his teammates were on the cusp of an infamous result, and the pictures above show their disbelief as they tried to get back into the game.

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