World Cup qualifiers: Group D winners Holland thrash Hungary 8-1 in Amsterdam
Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:36pm
Robin van Persie: With his first for the Netherlands
Holland may have qualified for the World Cup last month but that did not stop them having an impact on the fight for the play-off spot in Group D as they beat Hungary 8-1 in Amsterdam.
Hungary started the night in second but ended it wounded and behind Turkey and Romania as the Oranje turned on the style on a night of celebration in the Dutch capital.
Playing like this, Louis Van Gaal's Holland will inevitably be installed as a short price to win in Brazil and more displays like this will be welcomed.
Robin Van Persie - unusually short on goals for Manchester United - led the way with a hat-trick, with Kevin Strootman, Jermain Lens, Rafael Van der Vaart, Arjen Robben and a Szilard Devecseri own goal all contributing.
Hungary's response was a penalty from Balazs Dzsudzsak and they look to have squandered their chances.
It was a thrilling show from Holland, in keeping with most of the ones they have produced throughout a dominant qualifying campaign.
Two minutes had gone when they fashioned their first chance, with Jeffrey Bruma's header hacked clear by Vilmos Vanczak.
Van Persie then tried his luck from distance, but found the same player in the way, before the striker did score with 16 minutes on the clock.
Darryl Janmaat's cross picked him out and, although his contact was not clean - perhaps off his shoulder - it was good enough to leave Adam Bogdan without a chance.
Lens looked to make it two but hit over, although he made just as valid a contribution with 21 minutes gone as he crossed for Strootman, with the in-form Roma midfielder doing the rest from six yards.
Lens would get his goal, though, cracking in from the edge of the box with eight minutes to go until the break.
Hungary's seeming lack of interest in putting up a fight was apparent and Holland quickly hit the post twice, as both Janmaat and Strootman were denied a fourth.
But Holland were cutting through so easily that the inevitable fourth arrived before the break.
Robben, surprisingly marginalised at that point, chimed in to cross for Van Persie who did the rest with his head.
It had been a truly woeful opening 45 minutes from Hungary and the soul-searching which will have taken place at the break bore fruit as they responded two minutes after the resumption.
Bruma handled in the box and Dzsudzsak stepped up to convert and at least get his side on the scoresheet.
It was the briefest of responses, though.
Van Persie snaffled his hat-trick with a 52nd-minute finish off another Robben cross, and if Hungary were not up against it enough, Devecseri put through his own goal just after the hour off a Lens centre.
Van der Vaart then rapped one in from 25 yards for good measure as Hungary waited for the final whistle, which eventually came, but not before Robben had hit the spot with a 20-yard free-kick.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 11th Oct - Group B
Armenia2 - 1Bulgaria
Malta1 - 4Czech Rep
Denmark2 - 2Italy
Fri 11th Oct - Group G
Lithuania2 - 0Latvia
Bos & Herz4 - 1Liechtenstein
Greece1 - 0Slovakia
Fri 11th Oct - Group A
Croatia1 - 2Belgium
Wales1 - 0Macedonia
Fri 11th Oct - Group F
Azerbaijan2 - 0N Ireland
Luxembourg0 - 4Russia
Portugal1 - 1Israel
Fri 11th Oct - Group H
Moldova3 - 0San Marino
Ukraine1 - 0Poland
England4 - 1Montenegro
Fri 11th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 1Kazakhstan
Sweden2 - 1Austria
Germany3 - 0Rep Ireland
Fri 11th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Switzerland
Slovenia3 - 0Norway
Iceland2 - 0Cyprus
Fri 11th Oct - Group D
Holland8 - 1Hungary
Andorra0 - 4Romania
Estonia0 - 2Turkey
Fri 11th Oct - Group I
Spain2 - 1Belarus
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I