Bert van Marwijk's Netherlands side is among the big favorites at Euro 2012, but they appear to have some work left to do to prepare for the tournament. They looked very much off their game in a warmup friendly against Bulgaria at home, falling 2-1 on a last-minute winner.
The Netherlands had all of the possession in the first half, but didn't do a lot with it until the end of the half. They spent a lot of the first half passing the ball well, but not doing a lot of running off the ball or taking any risks with their passing. Things changed in the 45th minute when Robin van Persie -- starting on the right wing in an experimental lineup -- cut inside towards the goal. Wesley Sneijder found him with a great chipped pass, van Persie took a good first touch, and the Arsenal man finished to put his team ahead.
Bulgaria was gifted an equalizer, partially by a Rafael Van der Vaart mistake and partially by some harsh refereeing. The Tottenham attacker was whistled for a handball in the box while he was on the ground blocking a cross with his arm down. The ball hit his arm, but he didn't raise his arm to play the ball. The referee gave a penalty anyway and Ivelin Popov converted.
The teams looked to be coasting to a draw until the 93rd minute. Bulgaria was still pushing for a winner, while Holland was half-asleep, and the home side got caught. Stanislav Manolev was allowed to play a floating cross to the back post from the right flank, where his ball was met by a completely unmarked Iliyan Mitsanski, who applied a calm headed finish to give Bulgaria a surprise victory.
The biggest concern for van Marwijk might not be the loss, but an injury. Central defender Joris Mathijsen was taken off in the 16th minute, and the extend of his injury is to be determined.