Netherlands international coach Guus Hiddink has played down the spat between Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie and teammate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Following Holland’s 3-1 win over Kazakhstan on Friday, instead of focusing on Hiddink’s first win as Dutch boss the press turned to the argument between strikers Van Persie and Huntelaar.
The incident occurred when the United striker selfishly went for goal – and missed – when Huntelaar was in space for a tap-in with the game delicately poised at 1-1.
Needless to say, the Schalke 04 star was not best pleased with Van Persie’s decision and remonstrated with what he perceived as greediness at a critical stage of the match.
Asked for his views on events, former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink played down the incident by labelling it a part of football.
“Something like that is just a part of football and I do not feel so bad. We should not deal with each other in an incubator - if you challenge each other then it’s done. If irritation persists, which in this case it hasn’t, then you do something about it." He said, quoted by the Dutch publication Telesport.
Holland’s 3-1 win over Kazakhstan was their first victory since Louis van Gaal left for Old Trafford and the first for new boss Hiddink.
For long periods in Amsterdam on Friday, it looked as if the Oranje would continue with their World Cup hangover but goals from Huntelaar, Ibrahim Afellay and Van Persie secured a morale-boosting victory.