Klaas-Jan Huntelaar misses two-yard sitter

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Netherlands international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a prolific goalscorer, but his striking instincts let him down badly on Wednesday night, when he somehow missed a two-yard sitter.

The 31-year-old, who boasts an impressive goalscoring record with Schalke in the Bundesliga, had little time to react - admittedly - but the former Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool target really should have scored from that distance. (Scroll down this page to see the video or click HERE).

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, along with everyone inside the stadium, fully expected Huntelaar to convert at the back-post - but the Dutchman proceeded to produce one of the most shocking misses ever.

Van Persie secretly pleased?

It proved a costly miss, too. Mexico won the match 3-2, thanks to a brace from Carlos Vela and another from Javier Hernandez, with Wesley Sneijder and Daley Blind scoring for the home nation.

One man who may have been secretly pleased with Huntelaar's miss is Robin van Persie, whose strained relationship with Huntelaar has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks.

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Strained relationship

The two strikers recently had an on-pitch altercation after Van Persie shot instead of passing to his teammate, while Dutch legend Ruud Gullit admitted there is a problem between the players.

"There has been irritation between them since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa," Gullit told the Mirror. "It was simmering at Euro 2012 and it all exploded. The problems have far from disappeared.

"Huntelaar was mouthing off again against Kazakhstan and his old confrontation with Van Persie surfaced straight back up."

Video: Huntelaar's shocking miss

Hiddink could quit

Van Persie is the Netherlands' record goalscorer, with 48 goals in 95 appearances, while Huntelaar is 12 goals behind his international colleague on 36 goals from 68 matches.

The Oranje, who reached the World Cup semi-finals under Louis van Gaal in Brazil, have been struggling recently - and speculation is rife that current head coach Guus Hiddink may step down from his role if the Dutch national team fail to beat Latvia in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday afternoon.

In order to convince Hiddink to stay put, Huntelaar will need to bring his shooting boots tot he Amsterdam Arena this weekend.

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