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22nd February 1978 (Tel Aviv):
Israeli flag Israel 1 Holland 2 Dutch flag

Suurbier - Rijsbergen - Krol - Hovenkamp
W.Van de Kerkhof - Peters - Van Hanegem
Ling - Van Leeuwen - Rensenbrink

Subs: R.Van de Kerkhof (for Peters, 54 mins), Jansen (for Van Hanegem, 48 mins).
Unused Subs: Jongbloed, Dusbaba, Van Kraay.

Scorers: Rensenbrink (pen) 30 mins, Perets (Israel) 42 mins, Ling 65 mins.

  This game featured two strikers who were not to make the squad: Den Haag's Henk van Leeuwen; and the Ajax man about whose name no two authors seem to agree - Tschen la Ling, Tscheu-la Ling or Tschenu La Ling, as you prefer! Also included were the AZ '67 midfield players Jan Peters and Wim van Hanegem.

5th April 1978 (Tunis):

Tunisian flag Tunisia 0 Holland 4 Dutch flag

Suurbier - Krol - Van Kraay
Wildschut - W.Van de Kerkhof - Jansen - A.Mühren
Van Leeuwen - Nanninga - Vermeulen

Subs: Rijsbergen (for Krol, 45 mins), Boskamp (for W.Van de Kerkhof, 65 mins).
Unused Subs: Schrijvers, Dusbaba, R.Van de Kerkhof.

Scorers: Nanninga 12 mins, Van Leeuwen 41 mins, Nanninga 83 mins, Vermeulen 89 mins.

  This was Dick Nanninga's international debut, also that of his Roda JC club colleague Pierre Vermeulen, who did not make the cut. Two other players who were picked for the 22-man World Cup squad played for Holland for the first time today: Piet Wildschut and Johan Boskamp. Yet another debutant was the Twente (and former Ajax) midfield player Arnie Mühren, who, although he didn't get in the squad this time around, of course went on to feature in Holland's historic European Championship winning team ten years later.

20th May 1978 (Vienna):

Austrian flag Austria 0 Holland 1 Dutch flag

Suurbier - Rijsbergen - Krol - Poortvliet
W.Van de Kerkhof - Jansen - Neeskens - Van Hanegem
Rep - Rensenbrink

Subs: Haan (for W.Van de Kerkhof, 45 mins), R.Van de Kerkhof (for Rep, 60 mins).
Unused Subs: Schrijvers, Dusbaba, Van Kraay, Nanninga.

Scorer: Haan 52 mins.

  This was Jan Poortvliet's international bow: five weeks later, he would play in the World Cup Final, emulating the rapid elevation of Wim Rijsbergen four years earlier. Nine of the Austrian team on duty today would line up against Holland in the second-round game in Cordoba just over three weeks later.

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