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EC Qualification

  • 25 March 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
  • • Attendance: 23817

Hungary 0-4 Netherlands: Van Marwijk's men maintain perfect qualifying record & extend Group E lead to six points

Hungary 0-4 Netherlands: Van Marwijk's men maintain perfect qualifying record & extend Group E lead to six points

Rafael van der Vaart, Ibrahim Afellay, Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie all on the scoresheet in Budapest

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Netherlands recorded a 4-0 away win over Hungary to pick up their fifth consecutive Euro 2012 qualification campaign win.

The home side started the match with attacking intentions, but Rafael van der Vaart gifted Oranje the lead in the 8th minute before Ibrahim Afellay netted a second goal in the 45th minute.

Holland continued to dominate after the break with Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie making things even worse for Hungary, after completing the scoring for the visitors.

The first chance of the match was for Hungary after only seven minutes of play. Gergely Rudolf went past his opponent down the right before cutting inside. His low shot failed to trouble Michel Vorm though and the Holland goalkeeper made an easy save.

Oranje opened the score hardly sixty seconds after Rudolf's shot on goal. Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder set up Rafael van der Vaart with an intelligent through ball and the Dutch skipper slotted home from inside the area.

A Sneijder free kick halfway through the first half almost resulted in the 2-0 as Hungary shot-stopper Gabor Kiraly failed to hold on to the midfielder's low shot. Kuyt was unable to tap home the rebound from a narrow angle though. The Liverpool man got another good chance later in the first half, but his rushed shot went harmlessly wide.

Tricky winger Balazs Dzsudzsak showed his class at the half hour mark when he jinked past his counterpart Gregory van der Wiel down the left. Nevertheless, his low shot was easily saved by Vorm.

Barcelona's Ibrahim Afellay should have doubled Oranje's lead around the half-hour mark after a great attack from the Dutch, but the winger blasted his shot wide from 15 yards out. Afellay atoned however, as the former PSV skipper did beat Kiraly with a powerful shot in the dying seconds of the first half after being set up by Van der Wiel.

The guests started the second half the better side of the two and could have put the match to bed within a minute after the restart. Robin van Persie came close with a good shot headed for the far corner, but was denied by Kiraly, while Van der Wiel's shot from close range went wide of the Hungary target.

The World Cup finalists did score their third goal of the match in the 54th minute though. A fine attacking move opened up the Hungarian defence and Van Persie kept his cool to set up Kuyt, who had no trouble finding the empty net.

Netherlands continued to dominate and they piled even more misery on Hungary in the 62nd minute. Ajax wing-back Gregory van der Wiel went on a good run forward before finding Van Persie with an intelligent pass and the Arsenal star slotted home from inside the box.

Sneijder then almost added his name to the score sheet with an audacious chip from 20 yards out, but the playmaker's attempt came back off the crossbar. Kuyt should have converted the rebound, but his header was too weak to trouble Kiraly.

Hungary were unable to really trouble the Dutch defence until the 85th minute. Dzsudzsak first curled a free kick just over the bar before seeing another shot held by Vorm minutes later. Rudolf also tried his luck from long range in the closing stages of the game, but without success.

Oranje still sit top of the table in Group E of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with 15 points from five games. Hungary still sit second with nine points from five games, but qualification for Poland-Ukraine seems an unlikely target. Both sides meet again in Amsterdam on Tuesday, 29 March.

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