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Van Nistelrooy times it right in Tirana

Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.25CET
Albania 0-1 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy's injury-time strike gave the Netherlands a win that moves them level with Romania at the Group G summit.
Van Nistelrooy times it right in Tirana
Ruud van Nistelrooy was the Netherlands' match-winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AlbaniaNetherlands

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
6
Attempts off target1
 
7
Corners2
 
1
Fouls committed6
 
9
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.25CET

Van Nistelrooy times it right in Tirana

Albania 0-1 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy's injury-time strike gave the Netherlands a win that moves them level with Romania at the Group G summit.

Ruud van Nistelrooy's injury-time strike gave the Netherlands a win in Albania that moves them to within sight of the UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group G summit.

Romania showdown
With Albania down to ten men, Van Nistelrooy produced a timely effort to follow up the goal in Saturday's 2-0 win against Bulgaria which had marked his first competitive appearance since the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Now the Netherlands are level with fellow unbeaten side Romania at the top of the group, with the pair to meet on 13 October.

Opening exchanges
The visitors had started brightly with Wesley Sneijder and Van Nistelrooy just off target in the opening exchanges. But Albania also enjoyed their share of possession early on and Edmond Kapllani saw his seventh-minute header blocked.

Under pressure
Soon the Netherlands were in command and Albania goalkeeper Arian Beqaj did well to keep out Van Nistelrooy's powerful drive. At the other end, Erion Bogdani shot wide from outside the area in a rare Albania attack. Beqaj was called into action once more by a curling Sneijder attempt, before Robin van Persie and Ryan Babel also went close before the break. It was Oranje No1 Edwin van der Sar who was on the receiving end at the beginning of the second period. First he was tested by Bogdani's fierce drive, then he had to work to deny Lorik Cana's close-range effort.

Winner
But the Netherlands were still on top, with Sneijder dictating play. His volley elicited another Beqaj save, before the goalkeeper also left Van Persie frustrated. Yet with the clock running down, and the Netherlands seemingly out of ideas, Cana was sent off on 87 minutes and the reinvigorated visitors made the extra man pay – Van Nistelrooy making no mistake from Urby Emanuelson's cross.

Last updated: 13/09/07 10.36CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
BeqajArjan Beqaj (GK)
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK) (C)
4
DallkuArmend Dallku
Yellow Card45+1
2
MelchiotMario Melchiot
Yellow Card71
28
DedeNevil Dede
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
24
ÇurriDebatik Çurri
5
BoumaWilfred Bouma
Substitution63
21
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
3
OoijerAndré Ooijer
10
DuroKlodian Duro
Yellow Card65
Substitution69
8
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
14
LalaAltin Lala (C)
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Yellow Card87
5
CanaLorik Cana
Red Card87
6
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
20
MukajDevis Mukaj
11
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution75
22
BogdaniErjon Bogdani
Substitution83
9
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Yellow Card87
Goal90+1
9
KapllaniEdmond Kapllani
Yellow Card31
Substitution46
7
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Yellow Card37
Substitution46

Substitutes

23
HaxhiAltin Haxhi
Substitution69
16
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
8
BushiAlban Bushi
Substitution46
12
N. De JongNigel de Jong
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
13
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Substitution63
16
E. XhafaErion Xhafa
14
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution46
29
BulkuErvin Bulku
Substitution83
15
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
12
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
17
KuytDirk Kuyt
Substitution75
6
RrustemiBlerim Rrustemi
18
Vennegoor of HesselinkJan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Coach

Otto Barić (SRB) Marco van Basten (NED)

Referee

Michael Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Robert Styles (ENG)

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