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  • March 25, 2011
  • • 3:30 PM
  • • Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
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Hungary 0-4 Netherlands: Oranje Maintain Perfect Record After Masterclass In Budapest

Hungary 0-4 Netherlands: Oranje Maintain Perfect Record After Masterclass In Budapest

Holland cruised to a comfortable 4-0 away win.

Netherlands recorded a 4-0 win over Hungary to pick up their fifth consecutive win of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

The home side started the match with attacking intentions, but Rafael van der Vaart gave Oranje the lead in the 8th minute before Ibrahim Afellay netted a second goal on the cusp of half-time. Holland continued to dominate after the break and Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie added to Hungary's misery. 

The first chance of the match came Hungary's way 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.

Holland opened the scoring 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 midway the first half almost gave the visitors a two-goal lead as Hungary shot stopper Gabor Kiraly failed to hold on to the midfielder's low shot. Dirk Kuyt was unable to tap home the rebound from a narrow angle though. The Liverpool man had 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 danced past his direct opponent 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, but the winger blasted his shot wide from 15 yards out. Afellay then atoned for his miss when he 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, but was denied by Kiraly, while Van der Wiel's shot from close range went wide of the post.

The 2010 World Cup finalists did score their third goal of the match in the 54th minute though. A fine attacking move opened up the Hungarian defense 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. 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 scoresheet 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 beat Kiraly.

Hungary was unable to really trouble the Dutch defense 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 top Group E with 15 points from five games while Hungary sit second with nine points from five games. Both sides will meet again in the Amsterdam ArenA on Tuesday, March 29.

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