Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie exchanged heated words during Holland’s 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan.
The Dutch have struggled to overcome their World Cup heartache during the summer and tensions began to tell as Kazakhstan took a shock first half lead in last night’s Euro 2016 qualifier.
Following Huntelaar’s superb headed equaliser in the 62nd minute, tensions were at boiling point as United striker Van Persie squandered a glorious opportunity to give the Dutch the lead.
The Red Devils scorer was played in at an angle, yet instead of squaring for his unmarked strike partner for a tap-in at the far post, the 31-year-old selfishly went for goal and lashed the ball agonizingly wide.
Needless to say, former Real Madrid man Huntelaar was certainly not best pleased as he remonstrated with his teammate only to be dismissed afterwards.
Speaking after the game, Van Pesie attempted to play down the incident before telling reporters he had every right to go for goal in that positon.
"I thought it was a bit of an exaggerated reaction," he said, quoted by Dutch newspaper Telesport. "I think I had the right to shoot at goal from that angle - it's no big thing.”
Huntelaar, meanwhile, admitted to getting angry with not receiving the ball though stated Van Persie wasn’t the only one to get an earful.
"I think it was an important moment of the match, I was angry, as I always get angry when I do not get the ball. Moments later Robben didn’t give me the ball while he could have done. Then he also gets to hear that."
Fortunately for the duo, it mattered little in the end as Guus Hiddink’s side scored twice late on – including a Van Persie penalty – to wrap up a morale-boosting victory and an important three points.