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Netherlands showcase class in Finland

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 21.53CET
Finland 0-2 Netherlands
The Netherlands are on the verge of a finals place after Kevin Strootman and Luuk de Jong secured an eighth straight Group E victory.
Netherlands showcase class in Finland
Kevin Strootman (centre) celebrates his opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FinlandNetherlands

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts5
 
13
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target0
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
8
Offsides0
4
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed5
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
4

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 21.53CET

Netherlands showcase class in Finland

Finland 0-2 Netherlands
The Netherlands are on the verge of a finals place after Kevin Strootman and Luuk de Jong secured an eighth straight Group E victory.

The Netherlands took another confident step towards UEFA EURO 2012 as goals from Kevin Strootman and Luuk de Jong in Finland secured them an eighth successive Group E victory.

PSV Eindhoven midfielder Strootman volleyed his first senior international goal after 29 minutes, latching on to a succulent ball over the top from Wesley Sneijder, and while the Finns fought to level, the dismissal of their dangerman Perparim Hetemaj just after the hour hobbled any putatitive comeback. De Jong duy slotted in a second goal in added time to put a seal on their victory.

Lukas Hradecky in the Finland goal was busy throughout and an offside flag spared his blushes when John Heitinga tapped in the loose ball after he had spilled a Sneijder free-kick. Strootman's strike soon did the damage anyway, with a hopeful Hetemaj strike the best the home side could muster in response before the break.

Robin van Persie was twice foiled by Hradecky early in the second period, before Hetemaj's long ball found Kasper Hämäläinen in space, but while the forward managed to lift the ball over Maarten Stekelenburg, Erik Pieters cleared that shot off the line. Hetemaj was then shown his second yellow card of the night to make an uneven game a little more so.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Van Persie, Eljero Elia and Sneijder all tried their luck against the besieged Hradecky, but it took until three minutes into added time for the ball to fall right, De Jong making no mistake after Elia's lay-off left him with an easy task.

Last updated: 07/09/11 0.44CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
2
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Substitution78
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
3
N. MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
3
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
4
ToivioJoona Toivio
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
7
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
5
PietersErik Pieters
8
P. HetemajPerparim Hetemaj
Yellow Card28
Red Card60
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
9
ForssellMikael Forssell
Substitution86
7
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution68
10
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution61
8
StrootmanKevin Strootman
Goal29
13
ArkivuoKari Arkivuo
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution68
19
RingAlexander Ring
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
11
KuytDirk Kuyt

Substitutes

12
FredriksonOtto Fredrikson (GK)
16
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
6
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
Substitution61
12
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
14
SparvTim Sparv
13
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
15
HalstiMarkus Halsti
14
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
16
SjölundDaniel Sjölund
Substitution86
15
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum
22
RaitalaJukka Raitala
Substitution78
17
EliaEljero Elia
Substitution68
23
HeikkinenMarkus Heikkinen
18
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
Substitution68
Goal90+3

Coach

Mixu Paatelainen (FIN) Bert van Marwijk (NED)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Häcker (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Sippel (GER)

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  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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