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March 29, 2011
• Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Referee: S. Moen
• Attendance: 51700
R. van Persie 13'
W. Sneijder 61'
R. van Nistelrooy 73'
D. Kuijt 78', 81'
G. Rudolf 47'
Z. Gera 50', 75'
90' + 5'
AND IT IS OVER! One of the most stunning games football has ever seen! Seven goals in the second half as Hungary managed to reverse a one-goal disadvantage into a one-goal lead, only to see it melted again by Ruud Van Nistelrooy and a brace by Dirk Kuyt! It is good night from me, Vasil Kotsev! Stay with Goal.com for our post-match materials and do not forget to join us at the weekend for our live coverage of the most interesting games from the biggest football leagues in Europe. Bye, for now!
90' + 2'
There will be a four-minute added time.
Turns out he replaces Dirk Kuyt instead ... The Liverpool man scored an important brace tonight and will be satisfied with his contribution to the cause.
Eljero Elia is warming up for the Netherlands ... he is likely to replace Ibrahim Afellay. The Barcelona man had a wonderful game.
Without doubt, this is the game of the year. Eight goals and non-stop action. A must see for every football fan.
Stunning development at the Amsterdam ArenA. Will there be more?
GOAL! Dirk Kuyt cross for Ruud Van Nistelrooy from the right wing, but instead scored in the top left corner! A fluke goal for the Liverpool man here!
DIRK KUYT MAKES IT FOUR! The Liverpool midfielder superbly finished from a brilliant pass by Ibrahim Afellay on the right to give the Netherlands the lead!
Van Der Vaart! The Tottenham man was inches away from connecting with a low Dirk Kuyt cross from the right, but just missed the ball just a metre outside the six-yard box.
GOAL! Hungary equalise! Zoltan Gera received the ball on the right, just outside the box and placed a wonderful finish past Michel Vorm in the top far corner!
GoalRuud Van Nistelrooy
... crosses for Kuyt, who in turn squares for Ruud Van Nistelrooy AND IT IS IN WITH A BRILLIANT STRIKE! The Hamburg man met the ball first time with a right footed strike, which left Martin Fulop with no chance as it flew in the near corner.
Great tackling by Afellay as he dispossesses Pal Lazar deep in the Netherlands half and goes on a run ...
Dzsudzsak! Close one! Priskin found himself in space on the right, and drew Gregory Van Der Wiel and Michel Vorm before corssing for Dzsudzsak, whose first time finish missed to the right of the open goal. John Heitinga did well to pressure Balazs Dzsudzsak there.
First touch of the ball by Ruud Van Nistelrooy, but he is flagged for offside. His subsequent finish did not reach the target anyway.
The Dutch are now attacking in search of the winner ... Sneijder is looking really fired up for this one ...
Erik Pieters leaves the pitch for Urby Emanuelson. The left back did not have the best of games today.
GOAL! Wesley Sneijder scores! Wonderful one-two by Sneijder and Rafael Van der Vaart sees the Inter man in a one-on-one with Martin Fulop and he made no mistake as he slotted a low finish confidently in the right corner! A breath of relief for the Dutch faithful.
PRISKIN! OH, SO CLOSE! Gera ran down the left and whipped in a wonderful cross from the wing for Priskin in the box, but the midfielder was an inch too far to connect properly with the ball just outside the six-yard box!
Yellow CardRoland Juhasz
Nothing came off that set-piece, but the ball did reach Rudolf who sent a decent shot, but Michel Vorm did well to block and smother.
Dzsudzsak wins a corner on the right for the Magyars. Can they score a third? ...
Nigel De Jong jumps high, but could not direct the ball well and it went out for a goal kick.
The Netherlands win a corner on the left and Sneijder is behind the ball...
Stunning turnaround by the Magyars! The Dutch look stunned and rightly so. Will the visitors hold on to their lead?
GOAL! Zoltan Gera stuns the crowd at the Amsterdam ArenA! Dzsudzsak crossed from the left and the Fulham midfielder met the cross first-time brilliantly with a left-footed strike which nested past Michel Vorm at the near post!
Robin Van Persie was replaced for the Netherlands and Koman substituted Pinter at the beginning of the second half ...
GOAL! Magyars level the score! Rudolf hit it hard and low from the left, just outside the box, and the ball deflected of John Heitinga and Erik Pieters before going past Michel Vorm!
Robin van Persie
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
The second half begins ...
45' + 3'
The referee blows his whistle for the end of the first half. The Netherlands took the lead just after the ten-minute mark and have never looked back since then. Hungary had their chances through Gergely Rudolf, but the Bari striker missed the clinical finishing to make them count. Can the Magyars deliver a surprise, worthy of 'The Magnificent Magyars' of Ferenc Puskas, and go on to win this game? Join us after the break to find out...
45' + 2'
Balazs Dzsudzsak wins a corner on the left after some good flicks allowed him to win a corner off the Dutch defender. This set-piece resulted in nothing, though.
There will be two minutes of injury time ...
Van Persie seems to be injured after a tackle in the centre of the pitch by Vilmos Vanczak. Van Nistelrooy is warming up, but the injury to the Arsenal probably would not justify a substitution.
Gergely Rudolf! The Bari striker was released once again on the right side of the box, but again his finish went right into the hands of Vorm at the near post.
Yellow CardA. Pintér
Brilliant backheel from Wesley Sneijder is met by an equally unbrilliant first touch by Rafael Van der Vaart and Pinter sets the Magyars on the counter.
Not much happening in the last couple of minutes and it seems like the tempo has been dropping ever since Robin Van Persie opened the scoring.
Afellay! The Barcelona midfielder received the ball on the edge of the box and freed himself some space before sending a weak and poorly placed shot into the hands of Martin Fulop. He could have done better there!
Rudolf with the ball on the right, dribbles past Mathijsen and tries to find Dzsudzsak on the left, but his pass in imprecise and goes out for a throw-in.
Kuyt receives the ball on the left, but panics and sends a aimless cross in Hungary's box. The Liverpool man is not having the game of his career ...
Boos from the stands as Kuyt fouled Laczko as he tried to win a battle in the air. The contact was minimal and the hosts could rightly feel unhappy.
RUDOLF! The striker was released in space on the right side of the box and let it fly low, but Vorm calmly collected his finish.
VAN PERSIE! Another shocking miss! Sneijder battled through two players to chip the ball over the defence for Van Persie, who comically misplaces his left-footed volley and his finish goes out for a goal kick.
Yellow CardPál Lázár
Hungary are now on the rise and are aggressively looking for an equaliser. Gera and Dzsudzsak in particular are very active upfront for the visitors.
Dzsudzsak has the ball in the net, but the assistant referee waves his flag for offside. An interesting decision by the referee who hesitate whether to stop the game at all.
WHAT A MISS BY KUYT! A perfectly weighted through-ball by Robin Van Persie releases Dirk Kuyt in space on the right side of them penalty area, but his chipped finish misses wide of the far post with only Martin Fulop to beat.
Rudolf theatrically falls in the box after minor pressure by Heitinga. The referee would not buy that.
That was some horrible defending by the Magyars, who allowed the Arsenal striker all the space and time to net the opener. Not a good start to the game, indeed.
GoalRobin van Persie
GOAL! Van Persie gives Oranje the lead! Sneijder delivered an inch perfect ball to John Heitinga in the centre of the box, the centre-back flicked it on for the completely unmarked Van Persie, who chested the ball down before slotting in for 1-0.
The Netherlands win a corner on the right, Sneijder is behind the ball ...
After a positive start to the game Hungary seem to have withdrawn to their half, and will probably try to strike on the counter. Fans at the Amsterdam ArenA are there to see goals, and it is a safe bet to say that there will be plenty.
Laczko is shown a clean set of heels on the left flank by Afellay whose subsequent cross is easily dealt with by Juhasz.
Van Persie is free on the right side of the box, but takes too long to shoot and eventually sees his finish deflected for a corner on the right. Nothing come off this set-piece, though.
Priskin is flagged for offside. Hungary are looking very positive early on.
The first half begins ...
Hungary: Fulop; Vanczak, Juhasz, Lazar, Laczko; Pinter, Priskin, Vadocz; Dzsudzsak, Gera; Rudolf.
The Netherlands: Vorm; Van Der Wiel Heitinga, Mathijsen, Pieters; De Jong, Afellay; Kuyt, Sneijder, Van der Vaart; Van Persie.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of tonight's game between the Netherlands and Hungary. The reverse fixture last Friday ended in favour of the Dutch, who overpowered the Magyars 4-0 with goals from Rafael Van der Vaart, Ibrahim Afellay, Dirk Kuyt and Robin Van Persie. Can Hungary do better this time around? The game starts soon, so stay tuned.
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