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On-fire Huntelaar lights way for Netherlands

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 23.15CET
Netherlands 2-1 Finland
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar picked up where he left off on Friday, scoring two early goals as his side made it two wins in as many Group E outings.
by Berend Scholten
from Feijenoord Stadion
On-fire Huntelaar lights way for Netherlands
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates one of his goals in Rotterdam ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsFinland

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts9
 
7
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
0
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
20
Fouls suffered19
 
12

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 23.15CET

On-fire Huntelaar lights way for Netherlands

Netherlands 2-1 Finland
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar picked up where he left off on Friday, scoring two early goals as his side made it two wins in as many Group E outings.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar picked up where he left off on Friday, scoring two early goals as the Netherlands made it six points from two outings in Group E.

The FC Schalke 04 striker registered a hat-trick as the Oranje began UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying with a 5-0 victory against San Marino and he was two-thirds of the way towards another 16 minutes into tonight's meeting with Finland. Mikael Forssell pulled one back and looked as likely as anyone to register a fourth goal but the home side held on, their 12th victory in 14 matches in 2010 a national record for wins in a calendar year.

With Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt all sidelined, Bert van Marwijk was left without any of the attacking triumvirate that helped guide them to this summer's FIFA World Cup final. Yet in Rafael van der Vaart, Ibrahim Afellay and Huntelaar he has ready-made replacements and two were involved in the opener on seven minutes, Wesley Sneijder collecting Van der Vaart's short corner and delivering it for Huntelaar to head in.

It was the 27-year-old's 20th goal in 38 international appearances and he did not have to wait long for No21, converting from the spot after Markus Heikkinen had brought down Mark van Bommel. The cushion did not last long. Two minutes later Forssell rose highest to head Daniel Sjölund's corner beyond Maarten Stekelenburg and the Dutch defence, even with John Heitinga back from suspension, looked vulnerable.

Stekelenburg twice denied Forssell from close range and was indebted to Gregory van der Wiel's goal-line clearance after Mika Väyrynen had been left all alone. As the second half got under way, the Netherlands grew more vigilant and it made for a tentative finale, with much of the cheering reserved for Ruud van Nistelrooy as he warmed up on the touchline, the cries reaching a crescendo when he replaced Huntelaar with ten minutes remaining. Huntelaar's job was done.

Last updated: 08/09/10 1.11CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Finland

Finland

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
FredriksonOtto Fredrikson (GK)
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
2
PasanenPetri Pasanen (C)
3
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
3
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
5
LampiVeli Lampi
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
6
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
7
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
Yellow Card33
7
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution74
9
ForssellMikael Forssell
Goal18
Substitution80
8
N. De JongNigel de Jong
14
SparvTim Sparv
Yellow Card60
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal7
Goal16
Substitution82
15
SjölundDaniel Sjölund
Substitution68
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
Substitution46
11
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution64
23
HeikkinenMarkus Heikkinen
Yellow Card16

Substitutes

16
VelthuizenPiet Velthuizen (GK)
12
LehtovaaraJukka Lehtovaara (GK)
12
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
8
TainioTeemu Tainio
13
PietersErik Pieters
10
LitmanenJari Litmanen
14
JanssenTheo Janssen
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
15
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution74
16
JohanssonJonatan Johansson
Substitution68
17
EliaEljero Elia
Substitution64
17
PorokaraRoni Porokara
Substitution46
18
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Substitution82
20
A. EremenkoAleksei Eremenko

Coach

Bert van Marwijk (NED) Stuart Baxter

Referee

Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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