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Dutch make light work of Belarus

Published: Saturday 7 September 2002, 17.52CET
Netherlands 3-0 Belarus The Dutch cruise to victory in Eindhoven.

Match statistics

NetherlandsBelarus

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 September 2002, 17.52CET

Dutch make light work of Belarus

Netherlands 3-0 Belarus The Dutch cruise to victory in Eindhoven.

Netherlands 3-0 Belarus
The Netherlands put failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup behind them tonight with a convincing defeat of Belarus in their EURO 2004™ qualifying opener at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven.

Impressive strikes
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's second-half goal crowned a thoroughly deserved victory paved by first-class strikes from Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert. Davids opened the scoring on 34 minutes when his raking left-foot shot left Belarussian goalkeeper Valeri Shantalosov with no chance and striker Kluivert doubled the lead with a header that soared into the net.

No way back
At 2-0 down, Belarus held little hope of finding a way back and despite starting the second half in determined fashion the match was already finished when Hasselbaink controlled Kluivert's assist on 74 minutes with two deft touches, creating the perfect angle to shoot past a hapless Shantalosov.

Romashchenko sent off
It soon became too much for the visitors and Maksim Romashchenko was dismissed with eight minutes to go, despite vehemently protesting his innocence, after kicking out at Hasselbaink as his frustration boiled over.

Spurned chances
The Dutch should in fact have won by a wider margin, wasting several chances before the interval. Davids, who dominated the midfield with his trademark tackling and precision passing, blasted over on 20 minutes and Mark van Bommel also saw his shot ghost over the bar following an assist from Kluivert.

Kutuzov danger
The only player who troubled the host defence was striker Vitali Kutuzov, who drifted in from deep on several occasions, but he was rarely allowed to settle on the ball and when he made his best run of the encounter on 52 minutes he was thwarted by the rampant Davids.

Advocaat satisfied
Dutch coach Dick Advocaat claimed afterwards he was pleased, but disappointed his side failed to score more. "I was satisfied with the result and the manner of our performance but there are areas where we can improve. We didn't pressurise down the flanks as much as I wanted.

Cautious wing-backs
"My wing-backs Fernando Ricksen and Boudewijn Zenden were supposed to be more offensive. But after the first goal we controlled the game and the second goal was the decider. We were hoping for a big score in the second half but it was not to be."

Last updated: 08/09/02 0.49CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Belarus

Belarus

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
1
ShantalosovValeri Shantalosov (GK)
Substitution89
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
2
KulchiyAleksandr Kulchiy
3
StamJaap Stam
3
OstrovskiAndrei Ostrovski
Yellow Card85
4
F. de BoerFrank de Boer (C)
4
LukhvichAleksandr Lukhvich
5
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
5
ShtaniukSergei Shtaniuk
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel
6
GurenkoSergei Gurenko (C)
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
7
KhatskevichAleksandr Khatskevich
Substitution82
8
CocuPhillip Cocu
8
RomashchenkoMaksim Romashchenko
Red Card84
9
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Substitution70
9
OmelyanchukSergei Omelyanchuk
Yellow Card34
Substitution76
10
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal37
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb
11
DavidsEdgar Davids
Goal35
Substitution70
11
KutuzovVitali Kutuzov

Substitutes

16
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
12
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski (GK)
Substitution89
12
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Substitution70
Goal73
13
KovbaDenis Kovba
14
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
Substitution83
15
ShuneikoVladimir Shuneiko
15
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution70
Substitution83
14
KachuroPetr Kachuro
13
PaauwePatrick Paauwe
16
KhrapkouskiAliaksandr Khrapkouski
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
17
YaskovichSergei Yaskovich
18
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
18
VolodenkovVitali Volodenkov

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Valery Strelcov (BLR)

Referee

Graham Barber (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Babski (ENG), James Devine (ENG)

Fourth official

Dermot Gallagher (ENG)

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