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Perfect Netherlands see off Sweden

Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 23.23CET
Netherlands 4-1 Sweden
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice to take his group tally to eight and Ibrahim Afellay struck his first two international goals for a fourth win.
by Berend Scholten
from Amsterdam ArenA

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Match statistics

NetherlandsSweden

Goals scored4
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
14
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
7
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
19
Fouls suffered18
 
11

Standings

Last updated: 04/02/2013 08:50 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 23.23CET

Perfect Netherlands see off Sweden

Netherlands 4-1 Sweden
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice to take his group tally to eight and Ibrahim Afellay struck his first two international goals for a fourth win.

The Netherlands maintained their perfect record in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E with a convincing win against Sweden.

Two goals each from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay put the game beyond the visitors to Amsterdam, who did at least manage a consolation through Andreas Granqvist. The Netherlands, who have now won their last 12 qualifying fixtures, are three points ahead of Hungary with Sweden a similar distance further back, holding a game in hand.

Missing the injured Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, the Netherlands started with the same side that won 1-0 in Moldova on Friday and they made their first attack after four minutes count, a combination move that cut through the heart of the Sweden team. Joris Mathijsen's reverse pass was met by a Wesley Sneijder back-heel to Rafael van der Vaart, who sent Huntelaar free to shoot hard and low past Andreas Isaksson.

Straight from the restart, the Netherlands pushed forward again and Sneijder's shot hit the side netting before he then forced Isaksson to save at full stretch. Ola Toivonen had a chance to equalise in the 23rd minute but his chip over the onrushing Maarten Stekelenburg fell just wide of the post.

Dirk Kuyt was forced off with an ankle injury after landing awkwardly just before the half-hour but eight minutes before the break it was 2-0, the Oranje again finding a route through a visiting back line missing the suspended Olof Mellberg. Sneijder intercepted a Sweden throw and his precise pass was finished off by Afellay at full speed, his first international goal in 30 appearances.

Afellay did not have to wait long to double that tally though first, ten minutes into the second half, he turned provider as he tricked Mikael Lustig on the left and crossed for Huntelaar to head in his eighth goal in qualifying. Four minutes later Huntelaar returned the compliment, setting up Afellay to make it four.

Granqvist pulled one back from Sebastian Larsson's free-kick and Stekelenburg saved from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcus Berg but victory was secure and the FIFA World Cup finalists will go to Hungary on 25 March knowing another win would put them in sight of qualification.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.32CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Sweden

Sweden

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
2
LustigMikael Lustig
3
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
4
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
5
SafariBehrang Safari
Substitution46
5
PietersErik Pieters
6
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Yellow Card66
Substitution79
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
Substitution72
7
LarssonSebastian Larsson
Yellow Card49
7
KuytDirk Kuyt
Substitution29
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
8
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal4
Goal55
Substitution84
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
13
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
Goal69
11
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Goal37
Goal59
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
Substitution54

Substitutes

16
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
12
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
9
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution54
13
SchaarsStijn Schaars
15
BergMarcus Berg
Substitution79
14
BramaWout Brama
Substitution72
17
WendtOscar Wendt
Substitution46
15
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof
20
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson
17
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution29
21
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
18
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Substitution84
22
J. OlssonJonas Olsson

Coach

Bert van Marwijk (NED) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Dansault (FRA), Laurent Ugo (FRA)

Fourth official

Antony Gautier (FRA)

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