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Van Bommel spares Dutch blushes

Published: Thursday 3 April 2003, 0.36CET
Moldova 1-2 The Netherlands A late goal from Mark van Bommel deflates the home side.

Match statistics

MoldovaNetherlands

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 3 April 2003, 0.36CET

Van Bommel spares Dutch blushes

Moldova 1-2 The Netherlands A late goal from Mark van Bommel deflates the home side.

Dutch blushes were spared by Marc van Bommel as the PSV Eindhoven midfield player's long-range shot six minutes from time escaped the attentions of goalkeeper Evghenii Hmaruc and provided Dick Advocaat's side with a fortuitous 2-1 away success against Moldova.

Still on track
The victory ensures that the Netherlands' bid for qualification for the UEFA EURO 2004™ finals remains on course, but they had to come from a goal behind against a spirited Moldovan side that seemed to have made their point before Van Bommel's late intervention.

Oranje rocked
The hosts scored with their first meaningful attack of the match in the 18th minute when Vadim Boret fired the ball into the top left-hand corner of Ronald Waterreus' net from 18 metres. The goal came to the delight of the 14,000 crowd at Tiraspol's Sheriff stadium, but their enthusiasm was tempered by the interval as the Oranje levelled.

Equaliser
Almost inevitably the prolific Ruud van Nistelrooij was involved, and the Manchester United FC striker got his name on the scoresheet when he rose highest to beat Hmaruc to Boudewijn Zenden's cross seven minutes before the break. Earlier the visitors carved out the first opportunity after nine minutes when Clarence Seedorf's header was saved by Hmaruc, but otherwise the Moldovan defence, marshalled by Alexandru Covalenco and Valeriu Catinsus, kept the high octane Dutch attack at bay.

Kluivert close
The Dutch raised their game after the interval when Patrick Kluivert's header was narrowly wide of the target from Seedorf's cross. Although they failed to create many clear-cut chances, the incessant Dutch attacks via Van Nistelrooij, Zenden and Kluivert caused the Moldovans to tire badly in the latter stages of the second half. From the embers of one such attack, Van Bommel regained possession and his shot goalwards from 25 metres seemed to have caught out Hmaruc as the Moldovan keeper missed the ball completely in front of goal.

Last updated: 03/04/03 0.59CET

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Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
HmarucEvgeni Hmaruc
1
WaterreusRonald Waterreus
2
CovalencoAleksandr Covalenco
Yellow Card42
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
3
OlexicGhenadie Olexic
3
StamJaap Stam
Substitution62
4
TestemitanuIon Testemitanu
4
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
Yellow Card45+1
5
CatînsusValeriu Catînsus
5
Van BommelMark van Bommel
Goal85
6
PriganiucIurie Priganiuc
6
DavidsEdgar Davids
7
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
Substitution80
7
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution66
8
IvanovStanislav Ivanov
8
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution75
9
BoreţVadim Boreţ
Goal16
9
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal37
10
B. CebotariBoris Cebotari
Substitution88
10
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
11
CleşcencoSerghei Cleşcenco (C)
Substitution62
11
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden

Substitutes

12
BogdanAndrian Bogdan
16
WesterveldSander Westerveld
14
GolbanAlexandru Golban
Substitution62
15
RicksenFernando Ricksen
Substitution62
16
PogrebanSerghei Pogreban
Substitution88
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
Substitution75
17
BercoVictor Berco
Substitution80
18
R. de BoerRonald de Boer
Substitution66
15
AndriutaLiviu Andriuta
12
MakaayRoy Makaay
18
PopoviciAlexandru Popovici
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
14
BosveltPaul Bosvelt

Coach

Victor Pasulko (RUS) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Alain Sars (FRA)

Assistant referees

Patrick Reinbold (FRA), Christian Thoison (FRA)

Fourth official

Damien Ledentu (FRA)

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