International Friendlies

Sat on a sofa, watching TV on the pitch - Wesley Sneijder gets unusual Netherlands send-off

Wesley Sneijder watches messages on television with his family
Sneijder received televised messages from former team-mates, including Arjen Robben

Sat in a mocked up living room in the middle of the Johan Cruyff Arena pitch with your family, watching goodwill messages from your peers - it is an unusual way to sign off an international career.

Wesley Sneijder was given this very farewell after ending his 15-year Netherlands international career with a victory over Peru.

The midfielder played 62 minutes of the 2-1 win, but after the game was seated on a sofa with his wife and two children to watch pre-recorded messages from former team-mates and managers.

The crowd in the stadium also held aloft banners celebrating the 34-year-old, who began his international career in April 2003 and ends it with a national record 134 caps, in which he scored 31 goals.

Lyon forward Memphis Depay, formerly of Manchester United, scored both goals as the Dutch came from behind to win, his second coming seven minutes from time.

Pedro Aquino had put the South Americans in front in the 13th minute.

Wesley Sneijder thrown aloft by team-mates
Sneijder was thrown aloft by team-mates after the game
Wesley Sneijder banner
Sneijder currently plays for Al-Gharafa in Qatar
Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Wesley Sneijder
Fifa president Gianni Infantino was in attendance for Sneijder's final international game



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2TeteSubstituted forJanmaatat 72'minutes
  • 3de Ligt
  • 4van Dijk
  • 5Blind
  • 6WijnaldumSubstituted forF de Jongat 45'minutes
  • 8StrootmanSubstituted forPröpperat 45'minutes
  • 10SneijderSubstituted forPromesat 62'minutes
  • 7VormerSubstituted forKluivertat 85'minutes
  • 9Depay
  • 11BabelSubstituted forVilhenaat 86'minutes


  • 12Janmaat
  • 13Zoet
  • 14de Vrij
  • 15Aké
  • 16Pröpper
  • 17van de Beek
  • 18de Roon
  • 19L de Jong
  • 20Promes
  • 21Vilhena
  • 22Kluivert
  • 23F de Jong


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1GalleseBooked at 41mins
  • 17Advíncula
  • 15Ramos
  • 4SantamaríaBooked at 69minsSubstituted forAbramat 75'minutes
  • 6TraucoSubstituted forSandovalat 59'minutes
  • 23AquinoSubstituted forPeñaat 79'minutes
  • 19YotúnSubstituted forCartagenaat 89'minutes
  • 18CarrilloSubstituted forCalcaterraat 68'minutes
  • 8Cueva
  • 22Loyola
  • 10Farfán


  • 2López
  • 3Madrid
  • 5Araujo
  • 7Sandoval
  • 11Ruidíaz
  • 12Álvarez
  • 14Calcaterra
  • 16Peña
  • 20Flores
  • 21Carvallo
  • 24Cartagena
  • 25Abram
Tobias Stieler

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamPeru
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Netherlands 2, Peru 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Netherlands 2, Peru 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Peru. Pedro Gallese tries a through ball, but Ray Sandoval is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Quincy Promes (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tonny Vilhena.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jefferson Farfán (Peru) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Cueva with a cross.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Peru. Wilder Cartagena replaces Yoshimar Yotún.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Peru. Conceded by Justin Kluivert.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Tonny Vilhena replaces Ryan Babel.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Justin Kluivert replaces Ruud Vormer.

  10. Post update

    Quincy Promes (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Peña (Peru).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Netherlands 2, Peru 1. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Quincy Promes (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jefferson Farfán (Peru) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Cueva.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Luis Advíncula.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Peru. Sergio Peña replaces Pedro Aquino.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Davy Pröpper (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daryl Janmaat (Netherlands) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

  19. Post update

    Daley Blind (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Horacio Calcaterra (Peru).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 6th September 2018

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