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Dutch Man-of-the-Match Sparks Dissent After Win

Dutch winger Aarjen Robben produced the kind of individual performance you dream about during the Netherlands' 1-0 victory over Serbia & Montenegro yesterday. Not only did he score the only goal of the game, but he set the tempo throughout with his speedy play down the left flank, causing all kinds of problems for the Serbian defense. Despite Robben's individual heroics, teammate Robin van Persie, who played down the right side, accused the Chelsea man of ball-hogging after the game, and warned him that the Dutch have no chance of winning the World Cup if he continues to play so selfishly. "He can't do all by himself," van Persie told the Dutch ANP news agency, adding, "Sometimes he makes decisions for himself and not the team." Marco Van Basten, the Dutch coach, agreed to a certain extent, "Our game was too concentrated on the left-hand side because Arjen was in form but that was to the detriment of van Persie on the right wing." Regardless, dissent has always been an all-too common occurrence in the Dutch camp, and being publicly critical of the man who just won the game for his team certainly won't forward the team's cause. As Robben pointed out, "The most important thing is that we made the first step, and now we can concentrate on another very important match against the Ivory Coast."

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