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Boos and cheers for Robben as Bayern beat Netherlands

Bayern Munich won 3-2 against the Netherlands in an awkwardly-timed and rare club-country friendly. The match saw a mixed response from fans for Bayern's Dutch winger Arjen Robben, after a crushing season's end.

After their traumatic defeat against Chelsea in Saturday's Champions League final, Bayern beat the Netherlands on Tuesday in front of a 33,000 crowd at the Allianz Arena.

The game was part of a compensation settlement between the club and the Dutch football federation, after Robben was injured during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The teams played with mainly second-string line-ups; goalkeeper Jörg Butt, defender Breno Borges and forward Ivica Olic making their final appearances for Bayern.

Bayern's Toni Kroos and Nils Petersen scored in the first half, the Dutch responding through Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Luciano Narsingh.

Substitute Mario Gomez secured the victory for Bayern courtesy of a pass from Franck Ribery in the 87th minute.

Negative reception 'a scandal'

With 15 minutes remaining, Robben appeared for the Netherlands to a mixed response after a season of heartbreak for the Bavarians.

One section of the crowd booed the player, while others chanted his name. The booing was condemned on Dutch television by Bayern's former Dutch captain Mark van Bommel as “a scandal.”

Robben's spot kick in extra time against Chelsea was saved, leading to a penalty shootout that the Londoners won.

The player also failed to convert a spot-kick in a crunch league match with rivals Borussia Dortmund, who secured the Bundesliga title for a second season in succession as well as winning the German Cup Final.

rc/av (AP, Reuters)