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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 18:30 GMT 19:30 UK

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Quickfire Dutch rock Mexico

Netherlands 3 Mexico 2 (February 24)

Three goals in three minutes brought the Netherlands victory over a depleted Mexican side in a World Cup warm-up match at Miami's Pro Player stadium.

The game was a dress rehearsal for when the two sides meet in World Cup Group E on June 25.

The Dutch, who beat the United States 2-0 at the same venue three days earlier, took the lead when Patrick Kluivert knocked home a right-foot shot inside the penalty area in the 17th minute.

[ image: Patrick Kluivert put two in the net for Holland]
Patrick Kluivert put two in the net for Holland
Two minutes later Kluivert, who is back from injury, scored a similar goal after sharp interplay with Clarence Seedorf and Wim Jonk. Minutes later, Jonk blasted a 25-yard drive into the net to make it 3-0 and silence the Mexican fans.

The Mexican manager, Manuel Lapuente, starting out with regulars such as Duilio Davino, Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Francisco Palencia on the bench, fielded a less experienced team but brought on Blanco and Palencia to help his side fight back as the Dutch lost their rhythm in the second-half.

In the 65th minute Manuel Abundis chested down a cross for Palencia to drive the ball low into the net.

Alberto Garcia Aspe, who was booked in the 41st minute, made it 3-2 with a penalty after Blanco was brought down in the area by Ernst Faber.

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