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Amsterdam Arena (ATT 48,000) 26th March 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: M Clattenburg

Holland Netherlands vs Romania Romania

Holland 4

R van der Vaart (11)
R van Persie (55, pen 65)
J Lens (90)

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Holland ease past Romania

Van Persie bags double as Group D leaders show their class

Last Updated: 26/03/13 10:48pm

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Rafael Van der Vaart: Celebrates his goal against Romania

Rafael Van der Vaart: Celebrates his goal against Romania

Holland beat Romania 4-0 in World Cup qualifying Group D thanks to two goals from Robin van Persie at the Amsterdam Arena.

Louis van Gaal's side are head and shoulders above their rivals in Group D and proved it again tonight.

Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring in the 11th minute, while after the break Van Persie struck twice, the second a penalty, and Jeremain Lens added a fourth in the last minute, as Holland extended their lead at the top of the pool to seven points.

While the hosts' spot in Brazil next year seems almost secure, Romania are scrapping for the play-off place and this defeat did not damage their hopes too much, leaving them a point off second-placed Hungary, who came from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Turkey.

The Dutch endured such a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign, but they have won all of their opening six qualifiers in the current campaign by at least two goals.

They also hit four past Romania in the reverse fixture back in October, winning 4-1, and needed only 11 minutes to find the net again tonight.

Van Persie's ball in from the right picked out Van der Vaart, who steered a low shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

The Hamburg midfielder was only starting because the groin injury Wesley Sneijder suffered in Friday's victory over Estonia had ruled him out of tonight's match.

Kevin Strootman fired wide of the left post as the hosts threatened again, but they were almost undone late in the first half.

Alexandru Bourceanu's inswinging corner caused problems for the Dutch defence and goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer had to claw the ball away to prevent it from going in.

Van Persie tested Romania keeper Costel Pantilimon early in the second half and the Manchester United striker doubled the lead in the 55th minute.

Arjen Robben's left-wing cross picked out Van Persie at the near post and he directed his header high into the net.

Two became three nine minutes later when Florin Gardos' foul on Lens earned Holland a penalty.

Van Persie stepped up and placed the spot-kick low into the bottom right corner.

Knowing the fight for second could yet come down to goal difference, Romania pressed for a consolation and it almost arrived when Bogdan Stancu's shot from inside the area produced a fine save from the alert Vermeer.

Instead, with time almost up, they conceded a fourth.

Adam Maher's shot fell for Lens, who diverted the ball low into the net from close range to complete a job well done for the Dutch.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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