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March 26, 2013 3:30 PM EDT
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 47496‎
 
 
 
65′ (PG) Robin van Persie
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Netherlands 4-0 Romania

Goal.com rates the performers on show in the 2010 World Cup finalists' comfortable home win over the Romanians

By Stefan Coerts

  • Kenneth Vermeer
    3
    1
    3.00

    Kenneth Vermeer

    The Ajax goalkeeper was hardly tested, but showed safe hands whenever called upon. Made a crucial save late in the first half to keep his side 1-0 up.

  • Bruno Martins Indi
    3
    1
    3.50

    Bruno Martins Indi

    Did a fine job to keep Stancu quiet as he won the majority of his challenges. Booked after the break for a reckless tackle on Popa.

  • Daryl Janmaat
    3
    1
    3.50

    Daryl Janmaat

    Not as important for Netherlands as last Friday, but still put in an encouraging performance. Always willing to charge forward and help Lens in attack, while he was never troubled in his defensive duties.

  • Stefan de Vrij
    3
    4
    2.00

    Stefan de Vrij

    The Feyenoord skipper led by example in defence as he hardly set a foot wrong. Always looked comfortable on the ball and made an important challenge early on to deny Stancu.

  • Daley Blind
    3
    1
    3.50

    Daley Blind

    Fought out some interesting duels with Popa, emerging victorious on most occasions. Could have had an assist to his name, but Van der Vaart aimed too high after the Ajax defender's fine cross.

  • Arjen Robben
    11
    2
    3.00

    Arjen Robben

    The Bayern winger always looked lively on the ball, but lacked a bit of luck with his actions. Still played a key role in his side's win as he set up the second with a fine cross.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    4
    2
    2.50

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    The versatile midfielder didn't get involved as much as he might have liked, but put in a decent performance. Tidy in possession and always worked hard off the ball.

  • Kevin Strootman
    5
    1
    3.00

    Kevin Strootman

    The midfielder dictated play from midfield as he outmuscled his direct opponent time and time again. Could have scored with a bit of luck, but still a strong outing from the Oranje skipper.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    9
    0
    4.00

    Rafael van der Vaart

    The Hamburg star once more played a key role for the national team as he opened the scoring early on with a fine finish from the edge of the area. Replaced after the break.

  • Jeremain Lens
    5
    3
    3.00

    Jeremain Lens

    Lens was simply outstanding as he caused the Romania defence all kinds of trouble. Was involved in the opener, then won a spot kick to make it three, before capping a wonderful outing with a goal in the closing seconds of the match.

  • Robin van Persie
    21
    3
    4.00

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    The Manchester United attacker netted two more goals to take his international tally to 34 and surpass Johan Cruyff. Also set up the opener in an excellent outing.

Substitutions

  • Adam Maher
    3
    0
    3.00

    Adam Maher

    Was always willing to receive the ball after coming off the bench and showed glimpses of his immense potential. Played a role in Holland's fourth goal with a good shot.

  • Jordy Clasie
    2
    0
    2.50

    Jordy Clasie

    Came on for Van der Vaart with 10 minutes to spare.

  • Siem de Jong
    2
    1
    2.50

    Siem de Jong

    Handed a four-minute cameo.

  • Costel Pantilimon
    1
    0
    2.00

    Costel Pantilimon

    Somewhat surprisingly got the nod ahead of Tatarusanu, but was unable to help Romania to a good result. Should have done better for Oranje's fourth goal.

  • Florin Gardoş
    1
    0
    2.50

    Florin Gardoş

    Gardos had a disappointing evening as he struggled against Van Persie. Fortunate to see the United star miss from close range after some sloppy defending, only to foul Lens inside his own area and cause a penalty.

  • R. Raţ
    1
    0
    2.00

    R. Raţ

    The experienced defender had a torrid time against Lens as he was beaten for pace several times. Couldn't contribute anything on the ball and simply not good enough in defence.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    1
    0
    2.50

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    One of Romania's rising stars, but did very little to suggest he could make it in a big league. Outwitted by Van Persie more than once, and knows he will have to do better than this.

  • Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
    1
    0
    2.50

    Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş

    Did reasonably well against Robben, but still had a few weak moments in the second half. Lost the ball to Blind in a dangerous position, before he was beaten by Robben in the build-up to the 2-0.

  • Alexandru Bourceanu
    1
    0
    2.00

    Alexandru Bourceanu

    The holding midfielder was unable to contain the Dutch midfield as Van der Vaart got all the time and space he needed to open the scoring early on. His set pieces lacked accuracy in a disappointing display.

  • Adrian Popa I
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adrian Popa I

    Looked dangerous a few times down the right and came close to netting the equaliser late in the first half. Faded after the break and was eventually taken off.

  • Cristian Tanase
    1
    0
    1.50

    Cristian Tanase Flop of the Match

    His weak attempt to beat Vermeer from 25 yards out in the second half summed up his performance. Simply not up for the task against a big opponent.

  • Mihai Doru Pintilii
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mihai Doru Pintilii

    Pintilii had a very difficult evening against a dominant Strootman. Failed to give his back four the protection they so desperately needed.

  • Bogdan Stancu
    1
    0
    2.00

    Bogdan Stancu

    Looked dangerous early on, but wasted what could have been a good chance with a heavy first touch. Worked hard, but too isolated to really hurt Netherlands.

  • Gheorghe Grozav
    1
    0
    2.00

    Gheorghe Grozav

    Grozav was largely anonymous as he didn't see much of the ball in the Amsterdam ArenA. Unsurprisingly hooked after the break.

Substitutions

  • Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu
    1
    0
    3.00

    Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu

    Not his night as he was unable to prove Piturca wrong for benching him. Booked after a foul on Lens.

  • Gabriel Torje
    1
    0
    2.00

    Gabriel Torje

    The tricky winger couldn't leave his mark on the game after taking Popa's place. Wasted a dangerous free kick second after coming on.

  • Adrian Mutu
    1
    0
    2.50

    Adrian Mutu

    Brought on shortly after the 3-0 and couldn't do anything to get his side back in the game.

Results
Group A Matchday 6
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
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