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Netherlands near finals goal with win

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.18CET
Netherlands 2-0 Slovenia
Goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas Jan Huntelaar put the Netherlands one victory from UEFA EURO 2008™.
Netherlands near finals goal with win
Demy de Zeeuw (left) and Robert Koren vie for the ball ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsSlovenia

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners3
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.18CET

Netherlands near finals goal with win

Netherlands 2-0 Slovenia
Goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas Jan Huntelaar put the Netherlands one victory from UEFA EURO 2008™.

The Netherlands are one win away from claiming a place at UEFA EURO 2008™ after goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas Jan Huntelaar earned victory against Slovenia in Eindhoven.

Injury concerns
Sneijder opened the scoring on 14 minutes before Huntelaar made sure of the points with two minutes to play. With Bulgaria being held to a 1-1 draw by Albania, Marco van Basten's men only need to beat Luxembourg on 17 November to join Romania from Group G at next summer's tournament. Things did not entirely go the hosts' way, however, as Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben left the field injured.

Sneijder strikes
The Oranje dominated early on and went ahead when Sneijder turned in Huntelaar's pass from 12 metres. Sneijder almost doubled his tally soon after but his left-foot shot came back off the post. Slovenia had their first chance on 24 minutes when Maarten Stekelenburg, deputising for the injured Edwin van der Sar, saved well from Branko Ilič. Robben had again been left out by coach Van Basten but the Real Madrid CF winger got his opportunity when Van der Vaart limped off.

Huntelaar scores
The Netherlands continued to press after the interval and came close to a second in the 53rd minute when Robben crossed for Huntelaar, only for Mitja Mörec to block the AFC Ajax striker's attempt. The home team suffered a double injury setback when Arsenal FC forward Van Persie had to be replaced by André Ooijer and three minutes later Robben went off injured with Ryan Babel coming on. Sneijder had a free-kick saved by Samir Handanovič in the 70th minute before the Netherlands eventually put the game beyond doubt when Huntelaar converted Clarence Seedorf's cross with two minutes to go.

Last updated: 17/10/07 23.18CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar
Yellow Card89
3
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
8
KorenRobert Koren
4
BoumaWilfred Bouma
Yellow Card75
6
MörecMitja Mörec
5
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
21
BrečkoMišo Brečko
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Goal14
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
6
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
19
KirmAndraž Kirm
Substitution81
8
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
17
LavričKlemen Lavrič (C)
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution59
18
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution67
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal86
20
B. IličBranko Ilič
7
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart (C)
Substitution29
11
KomacAndrej Komac
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
OoijerAndré Ooijer
Substitution59
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
13
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
7
MiheličRene Mihelič
14
EngelaarOrlando Engelaar
9
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Substitution67
15
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution62
12
FornezziSašo Fornezzi (GK)
16
TimmerHenk Timmer (GK)
14
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution85
17
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
15
JokićBojan Jokić
Substitution81
18
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution29
Substitution62
23
ŽinkoLuka Žinko

Coach

Marco van Basten (NED) Matjaž Kek (SVN)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

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