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October 16, 2012 2:00 PM EDT
Arena Naţională — Bucureşti
Referee:‬ C. Thomson‎
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Player Ratings: Romania 1-4 Netherlands

Goal.com rates the performers on show in the Oranje's fourth consecutive qualification win as they cruised to victory in Bucharest.

By Stefan Coerts

  • Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu
    1
    1
    2.50

    Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu

    At fault for the opener as his poor clearance allowed Lens to make it 1-0. Should have done better for Oranje's second as well as he was nowhere near Van der Vaart's cross. Made a fine save to deny Van Persie after the interval.

  • Dorin Goian
    1
    1
    2.50

    Dorin Goian

    Lost sight of Van Persie a number of times, and won't be too satisfied with his performance, even though he didn't make any big personal errors.

  • Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
    1
    1
    1.00

    Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş Flop of the Match

    Had a night to forget as he really struggled at right back. His needless foul led to Holland's second goal, before he conceded a spot kick for pulling down Narsingh.

  • R. Raţ
    1
    1
    2.00

    R. Raţ

    The Shakhtar defender did not have an easy evening against the quick Narsingh, and was nowhere to be seen when the PSV star set up Van Persie for the 4-1.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    1
    1
    2.00

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    Romania was always going to have a difficult game, and Chiriches was unable to help them to good result. Fought out some interesting battles with Van Persie, with the United man often coming out the better of the two.

  • Alexandru Bourceanu
    0
    2
    2.00

    Alexandru Bourceanu

    Struggled to keep Van der Vaart quiet as the HSV man's intelligent positioning caused him all kinds of trouble. Booked early on for dissent, and replaced after the interval.

  • Gabriel Torje
    2
    0
    3.50

    Gabriel Torje

    Always looked lively down the right, and was unfortunate not to add his name to the score sheet early on when he rattles the crossbar with a fine free kick.

  • Mihai Doru Pintilii
    0
    2
    2.50

    Mihai Doru Pintilii

    Pintilii was largely anonymous as he was mainly restricted to defending. Strootman's physicality occasionally proved to be too much for the midfielder.

  • Bogdan Stancu
    0
    2
    2.50

    Bogdan Stancu

    The Orduspor star couldn't make the difference as Van Rhijn kept a close eye on the attacker. Lost possession too often. Had a powerful shot saved in the second half.

  • Ciprian Marica
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ciprian Marica

    The Schalke striker was always willing to take on his direct opponent. Capped a decent first half with a fine goal to help Romania back into the game.

  • Gheorghe Grozav
    2
    0
    2.50

    Gheorghe Grozav

    Grozav was his side's hero against Turkey on Friday, but was unable to make an impact against Oranje. Outmuscled by De Jong more than once, and his passing lacked accuracy.

Substitutions

  • Adrian Popa I
    0
    2
    1.50

    Adrian Popa I

    Replaced Torje after the interval and looked lively down the right. Could have been awarded a penalty after a duel with Martins Indi.

  • Costin Lazar
    1
    1
    2.50

    Costin Lazar

    Should have done better when clean through on goal in the 87th minute, but hesitated too long.

  • Adrian Mutu
    1
    1
    2.00

    Adrian Mutu

    Came on late in the second half, but was unable to turn things around.

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    2
    1
    3.00

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    His distribution was uncharacteristically poor, but he looked comfortable between the sticks. Couldn't do anything about Romania's goal, and made a good save after the break to deny Stancu.

  • Bruno Martins Indi
    5
    0
    3.00

    Bruno Martins Indi

    The Feyenoord man once more proved that he's a more than adequate option at the back. Solid in his defensive duties, and capped a fine outing with his second goal for Oranje.

  • John Heitinga
    3
    1
    2.50

    John Heitinga

    Heitinga allowed Marica way too much space when the Romania striker made it 2-1. Otherwise a decent performance at center back.

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    Not afraid to charge forward whenever possible and help out Narsingh down the right, while he was hardly troubled in defense. Encouraging performance from the Ajax youngster.

  • Ron Vlaar
    5
    0
    4.00

    Ron Vlaar Top of the Match

    The Aston Villa skipper always looked comfortable on the ball, and won the majority of his duels. Formed a solid defensive partnership with Heitinga overall.

  • Kevin Strootman
    4
    0
    3.00

    Kevin Strootman

    Strootman made a number of important interceptions in midfield, and added something to the team both in defense and in attack. Booked after the interval.

  • Nigel De Jong
    6
    0
    4.00

    Nigel De Jong

    De Jong was one of the star performers in Bucharest as he made numerous good tackles and interceptions. Dominated the midfield and showed some neat passing.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    8
    0
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    The Hamburg midfielder played a key role in Oranje's win as he set up their second goal, before converting a spot kick to effectively put the match to bed in the 45th minute.

  • Jeremain Lens
    7
    0
    3.00

    Jeremain Lens

    Lens once more proved his worth for the national side after his two assists against Andorra as he opened the scoring with a superb header. Caused Tamas all kinds of trouble with his silky dribbles.

  • Luciano Narsingh
    4
    0
    3.50

    Luciano Narsingh

    Worked hard and always happy to try and take on his direct opponent. Won a crucial spot kick in the closing stages of the first half after being fouled by Tamas. Set up Van Persie for the 4-1 with a superb low cross.

  • Robin van Persie
    9
    1
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Van Persie was always available as he often dropped deep to collect the ball. Had an intelligent back-heel flick and a good header saved, before eventually finding the net late in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Eljero Elia
    5
    0
    3.00

    Eljero Elia

    Took Lens' place in the 88th minute and immediately showed his class with a superb dribble.

  • Ibrahim Afellay
    7
    1
    3.00

    Ibrahim Afellay

    Replaced Van der Vaart for the final 13 minutes, but didn't do anything noteworthy.

Results
Group A Matchday 4
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Player Ratings
Tournament
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Ranking
Top Scorers
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Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Man City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0