Schalke star on scoresheet with winnerKlaas-Jan Huntelaar once again proved his class by helping the Netherlands to a narrow away win against Moldova.
The Schalke striker slotted home in the 37th minute after being set up by playmaker Rafael van der Vaart. Moldova lacked the quality to cause the Dutch defence any serious trouble and were happy to settle for a 1-0 loss.
The Netherlands started the match with attacking intentions and got the first chances of the match after about 15 minutes. Wesley Sneijder found Huntelaar on the edge of the area and the Schalke striker went by his marker before firing straight at the goalkeeper. Huntelaar got another chance from the following corner, but he aimed too high and the chance went begging.
Huntelaar continued to be his side's danger-man and the prolific hitman was rewarded for his efforts in the 37th minute. Rafael van der Vaart set up Huntelaar with an intelligent through pass and the striker slotted home with a low shot in the far post. The former AC Milan star came close to doubling Oranje's lead in the dying seconds of the game, but he only hit the side-netting.
The home side were unable to trouble Maarten Stekelenburg and tried to test the Dutch goalkeeper only once. However, Anatoliy Doros' left-footed shot from a narrow angle went high and wide without worrying Stekelenburg.
Oranje continued to dominate play after the break and they came close to making it two in the 50th minute after a good attack. Gregory van der Wiel reached Dirk Kuyt down the right wing and the Liverpool star set up Sneijder on the edge of the box. The attacking midfielder tried his luck with a placed shot, but Moldova 'keeper Sergiu Namasco pulled off a great save to deny the Inter midfielder.
Kuyt and Huntelaar also got chances to give the Dutch a more comfortable lead, but sloppy finishing kept the hosts alive until the final whistle. Moldova came close to levelling the score around the hour mark. Eugeniu Cebotaru tested the Dutch goalkeeper with a header after a corner-kick, but Stekelenburg made an easy save to keep a clean sheet.
The Netherlands sit first in the table following Friday's results and the Dutch have collected nine points from three games. Bert van Marwijk's men will be looking to hold on to their perfect score when they take on Sweden on Tuesday as Moldova remain in fourth position and travel to San Marino next.
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