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Dutch sign off with a win

Published: Saturday 11 October 2003, 21.30CET
Netherlands 5-0 Moldova Dutch go into the play-offs in good heart after emphatic victory.

Match statistics

NetherlandsMoldova

Goals scored5
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 11 October 2003, 21.30CET

Dutch sign off with a win

Netherlands 5-0 Moldova Dutch go into the play-offs in good heart after emphatic victory.

The Netherlands ended their Group 3 campaign with an emphatic 5-0 victory against Moldova to ensure they will go into the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2004™ in good heart.

Squad rotation
The home side kicked off knowing that, while they would be unable to overhaul the Czech Republic at the top of the section, they were guaranteed second place, and coach Dick Advocaat used the opportunity to rotate his players.

Sneijder selection
Frank de Boer and Boudewijn Zenden were both left on the substitutes' bench as both were within one yellow card of suspension, while striker Ruud van Nistelrooij was left out of the squad altogether as a disciplinary measure. FC Barcelona pair Marc Overmars and Giovanni van Bronckhorst were recalled to the starting lineup, while AFC Ajax midfield player Wesley Sneijder made his first international start.

Packed defence
The home side were on top from the outset, although Moldova defended staunchly and frequently brought everyone back behind the ball. The first shot on goal did not arrive until the 15th minute, when Patrick Kluivert capitalised on a misunderstanding in the Moldovan defence but was unable to convert the chance.

Moldovan chances
However, it was not all one-way traffic, with Serguei Dadu and Victor Barîsev combining to threaten Edwin van der Sar's goal. Advocaat introduced striker Roy Makaay for defender Michael Reiziger midway through the first half, but only a last-gasp intervention from Dutch defender Jaap Stam kept the scoresheet blank.

Quick goals
The breakthrough finally arrived two minutes before half-time as Kluivert headed an Overmars cross into the net, and it was 2-0 five minutes after the restart when Sneijder converted Kluivert's pass for his first international goal.

Van Hooijdonk spot on
Barîsev and Ion Testemitanu both had chances to halve the deficit, but neither were able to find the target. Kluivert's replacement, Pierre van Hooijdonk, scored a third 17 minutes from time, converting a penalty after being brought down in the area.

Van der Vaart inspiration
Another Ajax youngster, Rafael van der Vaart, made the score 4-0 with ten minutes left, and the same player created a fifth for Arjen Robben in the final minute. Moldova finished the campaign in fourth place in the standings with six points.

'No easy games'
"In international soccer, there are no easy opponents," Advocaat said. "This week, I felt the pressure from the fans and from the media, and I asked my players to do their very best to show the public their goodwill and the good intentions of the team, and we saw that tonight. I was particularly pleased to see Sneijder and Robben play so well."

Van der Sar honoured
After the game, Van der Sar received a silver plate from the Royal Netherlands Football Association for winning his 75th cap.

Last updated: 12/10/03 0.39CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Moldova

Moldova

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
1
HmarucEvgeni Hmaruc (GK)
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
Substitution33
2
CovalencoAleksandr Covalenco
Substitution63
3
StamJaap Stam
Yellow Card29
3
SavinovAlexei Savinov
Yellow Card79
4
OoijerAndré Ooijer
4
VăluţăEduard Văluţă
5
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
5
CatînsusValeriu Catînsus
6
CocuPhillip Cocu
6
PriganiucIurie Priganiuc
Yellow Card74
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
7
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
8
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Goal51
8
IvanovStanislav Ivanov
Substitution82
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Goal44
Substitution71
9
BarîsevVictor Barîsev
10
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Goal80
10
B. CebotariBoris Cebotari
11
OvermarsMarc Overmars
Substitution65
11
DaduSerghei Dadu
Substitution75

Substitutes

16
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
12
RomanencoDenis Romanenco (GK)
12
MakaayRoy Makaay
Substitution33
14
TestemitanuIon Testemitanu
Substitution63
14
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution65
Goal89
15
MiterevIurii Miterev
Substitution82
17
Van HooijdonkPierre van Hooijdonk
Substitution71
Goal74
17
GolbanAlexandru Golban
Substitution75
13
BosveltPaul Bosvelt
13
AndriutaLiviu Andriuta
15
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
16
BursucIulian Bursuc
18
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
18
FrunzăViorel Frunză

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Victor Pasulko (RUS)

Referee

Zeljko Siric (CRO)

Assistant referees

Darko Slivar (CRO), Zeljko Novosel (CRO)

Fourth official

Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

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