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Huntelaar hat-trick sparks Dutch delight

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.45CET
San Marino 0-5 Netherlands
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck three times and Ruud van Nistelrooy was also on target as the 2010 FIFA World Cup runners-up impressed in Group E.
Huntelaar hat-trick sparks Dutch delight
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar plundered a hat-trick in San Marino ©Getty Images

Match statistics

San MarinoNetherlands

Goals scored0
5
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts2
 
24
Attempts on target2
 
13
Attempts off target0
11
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
8
Offsides5
 
3
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
12

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Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.45CET

Huntelaar hat-trick sparks Dutch delight

San Marino 0-5 Netherlands
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck three times and Ruud van Nistelrooy was also on target as the 2010 FIFA World Cup runners-up impressed in Group E.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar helped himself to a hat-trick and Ruud van Nistelrooy joined in with the scoring as the Netherlands began life in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E with a comfortable victory in San Marino.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup runners-up looked to have recovered from their disappointment in South Africa as they took a 16th-minute lead from the penalty spot, Dirk Kuyt leading the way. Recently snapped up by FC Schalke 04, Huntelaar then doubled the Oranje's advantage seven minutes before the interval and he registered again three minutes after the break, before completing his treble midway through the second half. That left Van Nistelrooy to round off the evening with a 90th-minute goal.

The match was destined to belong to Huntelaar, but it was Kuyt who delivered the opening blow for the visitors, settling their nerves from the spot after Davide Simoncini had fouled the Schalke man. The Netherlands enjoyed a perfect qualifying record on the road to South Africa and they looked determined to impress again with Poland and Ukraine the final destination this time around, Huntelaar putting the result beyond doubt with three goals in the space of 29 minutes.

The 27-year-old contested a mere 48 minutes of the 2010 World Cup, but that was 48 minutes more than Van Nistelrooy, who came out of international retirement to replace the injured Robin van Persie and capped his return with a last-gasp goal. He and his team-mates will now look to build on their strong start at home against Finland on Tuesday, when San Marino visit Sweden.

Last updated: 04/09/10 0.22CET

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