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October 11, 2013 2:30 PM EDT
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 52027‎
 
Top of the Match
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Netherlands
Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben
Netherlands
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Szilard Devecseri
Szilard Devecseri
Hungary
Szilard Devecseri
Szilard Devecseri
Hungary

Netherlands 8-1 Hungary: Van Persie hat trick sees goal record smashed in Dutch rampage

The Dutch skipper was on fine form to take his tally in World Cup 2014 qualifiers to 11, as Louis van Gaal's men battered the woeful visitors

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Netherlands was inspired by a record-breaking Robin van Persie to a rampant 8-1 win over Hungary on Friday.

The 30-year-old struck twice in the first half to equal Patrick Kluivert’s tally of 40 goals, and he broke the record eight minutes after the break with a close-range finish.

The Manchester United striker opened the scoring early with a well-placed header before Kevin Strootman doubled the Dutch’s lead with a looping header of his own.

Jeremain Lens and Van Persie’s second then put the hosts in complete control at the break and while Hungary pulled a goal back through a Balazs Dzsudzsak penalty, Van Persie soon netted his 41st international goal to take his place in the record books.

Szilard Devecseri scored an own goal with 25 minutes left before a free kick double from Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben sealed Netherlands’ emphatic win.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal made five changes to the side that beat Andorra to seal their qualification last month, while the visitors brought in Zsolt Korcsmar and Jozsef Varga for Zsolt Laczko and Akos Elek from their 5-1 win over Estonia.

Hungary soon found itself chasing the game as Van Persie opened the scoring after just 16 minutes, the striker backing off his defender inside the penalty area to head Daryl Janmaat’s cross into the top corner for his ninth goal of qualifying.

And nine minutes later, the lead was doubled by Strootman. Lens delivered a perfect cross this time onto the head of the Roma midfielder, whose looped header beat Adam Bogdan.

Lens then got his name on the scoresheet in the 38th minute after Strootman’s chipped pass to Robben had been cleared by a Hungary defender and the Dynamo Kiev forward reacted quickest to fire into the back of the net.

And as the Dutch ran riot, Van Persie netted their fourth just before halftime to move level with Kluivert. Robben raced down the left and clipped a cross to the front post, where the Manchester United man was on hand to headed past Bogdan.

The visitors were awarded a penalty two minutes into the second half after Jeffrey Bruma handled a Dzsudzsak cross. The midfielder took the penalty himself and calmly sent Michel Vorm the wrong way to pull a goal back.

But the night belonged to Van Persie and, with 53 minutes on the clock, he claimed his place in Dutch footballing history. Strootman and Robben were again involved as the former found the latter with a left-wing cross, and when the Bayern Munich forward headed the ball down to Van Persie, he had the simple task of knocking the ball home.

It was six when a Lens cross to the back post was headed into his own goal by Devecseri, but the Dutch were not finished there.

First, Van der Vaart’s 86th-minute free-kick from the edge of the area found the net via a deflection before Robben curled home another set-piece on the brink of full-time to condemn Hungary to a defeat that leaves its playoff hopes in the balance.

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Netherlands

1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
3.50
-
Daryl Janmaat
Defender
16′
4.00
17
Daley Blind
Defender
3.50
4
Ron Vlaar
Defender
3.50
5
Jeffrey Bruma
Defender
3.50
34
Nigel De Jong
Midfielder
64′
3.50
6
Kevin Strootman
Midfielder
25′ 81′
4.50
23
4.00
10
Arjen Robben
Midfielder
44′ 53′ 90′
4.50
17
Jeremain Lens
Striker
25′ 38′
4.50
20
5.00

Hungary

1.50
1
Adam Bogdan
Goalkeeper
1.50
-
1.50
-
1.50
-
Tamas Kadar
Defender
46′
1.50
-
2.00
22
1.50
-
József Varga
Midfielder
1.00
-
V. Koman
Midfielder
1.50
-
Daniel Böde
Midfielder
1.00
30
Tamas Hajnal
Midfielder
46′
1.50
29

Substitutes

1
Tim Krul
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
3
 - 
5
 - 
43
 - 
2
 - 
10
 - 
16
Jordy Clasie
Midfielder
 - 
10
Leroy Fer
Midfielder
81′
3.50
11
Dirk Kuyt
Striker
61′
3.50
22
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Substitutes

 - 
1
Gabor Kiraly
Goalkeeper
 - 
42
Balasz Megyeri
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
0.50
-
 - 
-
Máté Pátkai
Midfielder
1.50
-
Ákos Elek
Midfielder
46′
 - 
55
Peter Szakaly
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
16
Zoltan Stieber
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
17

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