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EC Qualification

  • March 29, 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 51700

Netherlands 5-3 Hungary: Dirk Kuyt brace helps Oranje to victory in eight-goal thriller

Netherlands 5-3 Hungary: Dirk Kuyt brace helps Oranje to victory in eight-goal thriller

Netherlands weren't at their very best against Hungary, but did enough to pick up a 5-3 win in Amsterdam...

The Netherlands were far from their best but had enough firepower to overcome Hungary 5-3 at the Amsterdam ArenA in Euro 2012 qualifying.

The Oranje opened the scoring in the early going via Robin van Persie before Hungary took the initiative and went ahead through Gergely Rudolf and Zoltan Gera early in the second half. Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy then restored the Dutch's lead, but Gera made it 3-3. A Dirk Kuyt brace eventually proved to be too much for the visitors though and helped Holland to the full three points.

The home side started the match with attacking intentions and created good chance after only five minutes. Nevertheless, Robin van Persie hesitated too long and his shot was deflected wide for a corner.

Oranje did open the scoring after 12 minutes of play via Arsenal star Van Persie. Wesley Sneijder sent in a dangerous corner and the unmarked Van Persie controlled the ball before slotting home from close range.

Dirk Kuyt should have doubled the hosts' lead five minutes later, but the versatile attacker aimed wide after a brilliant through pass from Van Persie.

Hungary thought they had equalised via Balazs Dzsudzsak after a free kick, but the goal was disallowed as the referee had yet to blow his whistle. Vilmos Vanczak then came close to levelling the score after another set piece, but his header went just wide.

Ibrahim Afellay showed his class with a nice individual action in the dying stages of the first half, but Hungary goalkeeper Marton Fulop wasn't impressed with the Barcelona man's shot and made a good save.

Gergely Rudolf and Zoltan Gera both tried their luck from long range, but the Bari man's shot was too weak to trouble Michel Vorm, while Gera aimed his effort over the crossbar.

The visitors came storming out of the interval as Rudolf scored the equaliser in the 46th minute. The Oranje defence allowed Rudolf too much space after a corner kick and the Bari forward found the net with a deflected shot.

Hungary continued to cause Oranje all kinds of trouble in the opening stages of the second half and they grabbed the lead in the 50th minute. Dzsudzsak sent in a superb cross from the left and Gera added his name to the score sheet with a fine finish.

Sneijder helped Oranje back on track at the hour mark with a delicate finish from inside the area after initially trying to set up Rafael van der Vaart. The ball came back off a defender though and the Inter star kept his cool to make it 2-2.

Good work from Afellay then lead to the fifth goal of the game as the Barcelona player won the ball in his own half before unleashing Kuyt down the right. His low cross found Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored with a deflected shot from the edge of the area.

The Magyars weren't impressed though and Fulham star Gera restored parity only two minutes later. The midfielder had all the time and space he needed on the right to unleash a powerful shot toward the far corner and Vorm never stood a chance.

However, Hungary were unable to contain the Dutch attack and the 2010 World Cup finalists made it 4-3 in the 78th minute. Afellay sent in a superb cross for Kuyt and the Liverpool star added his name to the score sheet with a good finish from a narrow angle.

Kuyt was clearly enjoying himself in the dying stages of the game as he doubled his personal tally just minutes later. The attacker tried to find Van Nistelrooy with a chipped cross, but his pass found the top corner instead to make it 5-3.

Netherlands still top Group E with 18 points from six games. Oranje resume their qualifying campaign at home against San Marino on September 2.

Hungary have dropped to third spot following the loss in Amsterdam and Sweden's win over Moldova tonight. The Hungarians travel to San Marino on June 7 for their next qualifying game.

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