The official website for European football

Netherlands slot six past Northern Ireland

Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 22.33CET
Netherlands 6-0 Northern Ireland
Three up inside 29 minutes, Bert van Marwijk's team never looked back and went on to secure an emphatic victory in their final warm-up game.
by Berend Scholten
Netherlands slot six past Northern Ireland
Robin van Persie scored twice in the 6-0 triumph ©Getty Images

International Matches

Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 22.33CET

Netherlands slot six past Northern Ireland

Netherlands 6-0 Northern Ireland
Three up inside 29 minutes, Bert van Marwijk's team never looked back and went on to secure an emphatic victory in their final warm-up game.

The Netherlands sent out a warning to their UEFA EURO 2012 rivals by easing to a 6-0 victory against Northern Ireland at the Amsterdam ArenA.

As expected, Robin van Persie led the line, while Jetro Willems, who could become the youngest player to take to the field at a UEFA European Championship, was handed a starting berth. The writing was firmly on the wall when Van Persie scored either side of Wesley Sneijder's solo effort. An Ibrahim Afellay double made it 5-0 to the hosts, before Ron Vlaar completed the win.

The Netherlands turned back the clock and treated the 50,000 spectators to a masterclass in 'total football'. Van Persie opened the scoring with a powerful header, while Sneijder showed no signs of his midweek knock when he curled in a sumptuous second. The Arsenal FC forward soon made it three from the penalty spot to notch his 28th Oranje goal in 65 matches.

The game was put beyond doubt eight minutes before the break when Afellay produced a smart finish to complete a sweeping team move. Not content with four, the Netherlands stretched their advantage after the restart, Afellay benefiting from a neat pass from Van Persie and finishing with aplomb. Deputising for Joris Mathijsen, Vlaar then scored his first international goal with a trademark header to round off the scoring.

The Netherlands will now focus on their UEFA EURO 2012 opener against Denmark on 9 June, with their coach Bert van Marwijk remaining defiantly cautious. "We played against pretty average opponents," he said. "Nevertheless, our performances keep improving. The win does not mean that much to me. Our play was faster, but sometimes we were not precise enough. Still, I saw some nice attacks and good goals. We could even have scored a few more. We go to the EURO with confidence but we are not the finished article."

 
Last updated: 19/09/12 3.11CET

http://www.uefa.com/friendlies/season=2012/matches/round=2000293/match=2010194/postmatch/report/index.html#dutch+crush+northern+ireland

Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
CampLee Camp (GK)
Substitution46
2
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
2
M DuffMichael Duff
Substitution62
3
VlaarRon Vlaar
Goal78
3
McPakeJames McPake
4
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
4
HodsonLee Hodson
5
WillemsJetro Willems
Substitution77
5
FergusonShane Ferguson
Substitution81
6
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution82
6
LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution46
7
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Goal15
Substitution70
7
G. McCannGrant McCann
Substitution46
8
Van BommelMark van Bommel
Substitution57
8
NorwoodOliver Norwood
9
N. de JongNigel de Jong
9
ClinganSammy Clingan
10
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Goal37
Goal51
10
GriggWilliam Grigg
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Goal11
Goal29
Substitution57
11
LittleAndrew Little
Substitution56

Substitutes

12
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution57
12
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
Substitution46
13
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution57
13
McGivernRyan McGivern
Substitution46
14
KuytDirk Kuyt
Substitution70
14
CarsonJosh Carson
Substitution46
15
SchaarsStijn Schaars
Substitution77
15
McArdleRory McArdle
Substitution62
16
NarsinghLuciano Narsingh
Substitution82
16
HealyDavid Healy
Substitution81
17
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution56

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
  • © 1998-2013 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.