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Madrid duo do the Netherlands proud

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.20CET
Netherlands 2-0 Bulgaria Real Madrid CF duo Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy struck as the Oranje leapfrogged Bulgaria.
Madrid duo do the Netherlands proud
Ruud van Nistelrooy (left) celebrates his goal with team-mates including fellow scorer Wesley Sneijder (No10) ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsBulgaria

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners7
 
5
Fouls committed18
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.20CET

Madrid duo do the Netherlands proud

Netherlands 2-0 Bulgaria Real Madrid CF duo Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy struck as the Oranje leapfrogged Bulgaria.

The Netherlands ended Bulgaria's unbeaten run in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group G and moved into second place thanks to goals from Real Madrid CF duo Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Vital win
Romania's 3-1 win in Belarus earlier in the day had kept them at the group summit, as one of three undefeated teams alongside tonight's opponents in Amsterdam. So the eventual Dutch victory not only preserved their status but also lifted them into a qualifying position, two points above Bulgaria with a game in hand.

Tactics pay off
Oranje coach Marco van Basten had opted for an adventurous three-pronged attack of Robin van Persie, Ryan Babel and Van Nistelrooy, the third-mentioned making his first competitive appearance since the FIFA World Cup. It was his club-mate Sneijder who broke the deadlock though, replicating his fine form for Madrid since his summer move from AFC Ajax with a 20-metre free-kick into the bottom left-hand corner, to mark a happy return to the Amsterdam ArenA.

Doubling up
Bulgaria, in their first group game since Dimitar Penev's comeback as coach, were having little joy up front – they did not have a real chance until early in the second half when Dimitar Berbatov's shot fizzed wide. The Netherlands duly doubled their lead when Babel's cross found Van Nistelrooy, who celebrated his return to the side by sweeping a shot past goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov and into the bottom corner.

Wednesday trip
Although Clarence Seedorf, a late substitute for Sneijder, rattled the Bulgaria woodwork in the 77th minute, the 2-0 scoreline was sufficient and the Dutch remain within three points of Romania. It is a gap they can close on Wednesday when they visit Albania with the leaders not in action. Bulgaria will attempt to revive their campaign at home to Luxembourg.

Last updated: 09/09/07 17.21CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK) (C)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
2
MelchiotMario Melchiot
Yellow Card14
Substitution66
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
Yellow Card25
Substitution79
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
2
KishishevRadostin Kishishev
5
BoumaWilfred Bouma
3
TunchevAleksandar Tunchev
6
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
3
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
6
AngelovStanislav Angelov
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Goal22
Substitution73
13
G PeevGeorgi Peev
Substitution59
8
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution81
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
11
BabelRyan Babel
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov
9
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal58
22
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
Substitution68
7
Van PersieRobin van Persie
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov (C)

Substitutes

16
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
12
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
Substitution66
7
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
Substitution68
13
OoijerAndré Ooijer
8
YankovChavdar Yankov
Substitution79
14
N. de JongNigel de Jong
Substitution81
11
KuchevMartin Kouchev
15
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
Substitution73
14
ZanevPetar Zanev
17
KuytDirk Kuyt
16
MilanovZhivko Milanov
18
Vennegoor of HesselinkJan Vennegoor of Hesselink
20
PopovIvelin Popov
Substitution59

Coach

Marco van Basten (NED) Dimitar Penev (BUL)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Julian Rodriguez Santiago (ESP)

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